Over the years wooden floors will undergo a natural change in appearance and this is known as the oxidation process, this is why hardwood floors change colour tone over time and should never be deemed as faulty it’s a natural process.
The attraction to wood is the natural the ability of wood to breathe and change over time that makes is appreciated by experienced interior designers.
What is Wood oxidation?
Oxidation is a natural process when the chemical element/compound is exposed to oxygen. To be more technical, oxidation is when the atoms lose electrons which as a result oxidation causes physical change to the surface appearance.
So when hardwood is expose to oxygen through a myriad of seasonal changes and exposure to sunlight. Exposure to natural sunlight will result in a change in colour of most wood floors over time.
This natural process of oxidation is harmless to hardwood floors and is easily noticeable when rugs or furniture are moved after a long period of time. The Oxidation process is a natural process of wood and the changing of colour occurs when wood floors are exposed to sunlight and air, it is advisable to move and change the arrangement of rugs and furniture in a room .
I have just moved a Rug and there is a big patch
Most home owners notice a change in appearance when having a good clean of a room where a wooden floor is installed, this is where part of the floor is lighter than other areas that have not been covered by a rug or furniture.
This is normal as wood it natural and as such it will change its appearance aesthetically and is NOT a fault it is normal.
Does every type of species of wood oxidise?
Some species of wood floors do oxidise more than others, oxidation affects the natural floor colour within the wood species, there are some species that are more resistant to seasonal conditions and others that require a little bit of maintenance/attention.
Exotic wood species that are richer in colour tone tend to lighten during oxidisation of which the most common are Kempas, Iroko, Merbau, Cherry, Sapele / Mahogany, Ipe, Lapacho and Doussie just for starters.
Walnut and Teak are popular exotic hardwood flooring species and both can actually lighten and deepen in colour tone instead depending on the country of origin.
How about Oak Hardwood Floors?
Oak is the most common of wood species used as a hardwood flooring in the UK and is prone to change, as it changes colour tone with the sun by turning darker of which this oxidizing process is slower.
It is not uncommon that during the early months after installing an oak wood floor it will under-go some form of oxidation process which will and then stabilise after a period of months, the hardwood floor will reach its peak and change appearance slowly.
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