Adds Unique Craftsmanship and Rustic Charm

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In the greater Charleston, South Carolina area, hand scraped hardwood flooring is sometimes also referred to as hand-sculpted hardwood flooring. These phrases describe a process that gives new wood flooring a desirable, time-worn appearance. Hand scraped hardwoods are most commonly associated with solid plank wood floors as this technique was applied to the wood planks to give a smooth finish when they first began being used for flooring around the 1600s (if not earlier) . Engineered woods can also feature hand scrapping methods. Major manufacturers like Armstrong and Bruce provide both solid and engineered wood flooring options to consider.

Hand scraped hardwood is similar to distressed hardwood. Instead of scraping the wood’s surface by hand however, distressed wood is created by a machine. This also creates an aged look, but does not always offer the individual character of hand scraping. The best hand scraped hardwoods are done by artisans and should only be bought with trusted local companies such as Floor Coverings International as we work directly with the manufacturers. Some will claim that the woods are done by hand the old fashioned way, however it takes true craftsmanship to create one-of-a-kind pieces that add the desired character to a plank.

After the hardwood has been hand scraped, it’s usually coated with a tough urethane finish to protect the wood and give it long-lasting shine. The degree of hand scrapping will be a personal and aesthetic decision. The more divots, scrapes, and buffing, the more rustic the floors will look. Our Charleston customers also find that the time-worn appearance can help to conceal any minor scratches or scuffs.

Proper maintenance is still recommended to extend the longevity of your hand scraped hardwood floors. When cleaning the hand scraped hardwood floors in your home, keep in mind that excessive water and some detergents can damage your wood floors. A broom and dustpan are generally all that are needed to clean hand scraped hardwood floors, though your floors may also require periodic hardwood refinishing and scratch repair depending on the traffic they receive.

Call us today to learn more about hand scraped hardwood flooring, or to schedule your complimentary in-home estimate. We bring the flooring store to your door! We proudly serve the Charleston and Low Country, South Carolina areas.

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