Date: 10.11.2023
Author: Wood Flooring Ireland
Category: Care Guide

Herringbone Wood Flooring

Herringbone is a classic and traditional wood flooring pattern that has been around for centuries. It’s known for its distinctive zigzag arrangement, resembling the bones of a herring fish.

Key features of herringbone wood flooring:

  • Pattern: Herringbone consists of rectangular wooden planks or blocks that are laid in a zigzag pattern at a 90-degree angle. This pattern forms a continuous series of “V” shapes across the floor.
  • Design Flexibility: Herringbone can be installed with various wood species, finishes, and sizes, making it a versatile choice that can suit both contemporary and traditional spaces.
  • Timeless Elegance: Herringbone flooring exudes a timeless and sophisticated look, making it a popular choice for upscale interior designs.
  • Installation Complexity: Installing herringbone flooring can be more challenging and time-consuming than some other patterns due to the precision required to create the intricate pattern.
  • Visual Impact: The herringbone pattern draws the eye and adds a sense of movement to a room, making it ideal for creating focal points or visually expanding smaller spaces.

Chevron Wood Flooring

Chevron wood flooring is another stunning pattern that is often confused with herringbone. It shares some similarities, but there are key differences that set it apart. 

Key features of herringbone wood flooring:

  • Pattern: Chevron flooring also consists of rectangular wooden planks or blocks, but they are cut at an angle to create a continuous “V” shape, unlike herringbone’s 90-degree angle. This results in a continuous, arrow-like pattern across the floor.
  • Contemporary Appeal: Chevron is often considered more contemporary and modern than herringbone due to its sharp, angular lines and symmetry.
  • Simpler Installation: Installing chevron flooring is typically less complex than herringbone because the planks are cut at a consistent angle. This can result in a faster and more straightforward installation.
  • Structured Aesthetics: Chevron imparts a structured and dynamic look to a room, which can be particularly effective in minimalist or high-contrast interior designs.
  • Elongating Effect: The diagonal lines of the chevron pattern create an elongating effect, making it suitable for spaces where you want to visually extend the room.

In summary, herringbone and chevron wood flooring are both stunning options for adding character and style to your space. The choice between the two comes down to your personal aesthetic preferences and the style of your home. Herringbone offers a timeless and sophisticated look, while chevron provides a more contemporary and structured appearance. Ultimately, the decision depends on the atmosphere you want to create and how you envision the overall design of your interior space. No matter which pattern you choose, both herringbone and chevron wood flooring are sure to make a lasting impression.

Preventative Maintenance

  • Prevent accumulation of grit and abrasive dust by sweeping and vacuuming regularly.
  • Place matting at external entrances to help prevent the tracking of grit and dirt. Abrasive particles can be very damaging to and seriously shorten the lifespan of any floor finish. Matting should ideally be large enough to allow two steps across, and should be regularly cleaned. It is also important that matting is of a type which can remove grit and absorb moisture (coir or ingenious matting).
  • Protect all furniture with felt pads to prevent scratching and damaging the floor finish. When moving heavy furniture, pick it up rather than sliding it to best protect the floor. Regularly check and clean the felt feet to avoid / reduce embedded grit or particles from scratching the wood surface.
  • Try to avoid walking on the floor with stiletto-heeled shoes, as these can cause damage.
  • Wipe up food and other spills immediately with a slightly dampened clean towel/cloth.
  • Avoid use of oil-based detergent or any household cleaners. These can be abrasive and damage or dull the surface and can leave a dangerous slippery film.
  • Always use a recommended cleaner to clean the floor.
  • If using a mop and bucket with a soap solution to clean the floor, avoid using too much water insuring the mop almost dry before application. Never wet mop a wood floor.

Cleaning Lacquered Floors

We recommend using Lagoon spray cleaner with a no abrasive micro fibre mop or cloth.

Instructions:

  1. If necessary, remove dust from the floor (vacuum cleaner, brush).
  2. Shake the container well before use.
  3. Spray Lagoon onto a small area and wipe off using a micro-fibre mop or a floor cloth. Always use clean equipment, dampened but not dripping in order not to wet the floor too much. It is also possible to spray Lagoon the micro-fibre mop itself. In that case, reimpregnate regularly
  4. Repeat the procedure for the rest of the room.
  5. No need to rinse. Allow to dry.
  6. Drying time – 10 minutes
  7. Return to use: as soon as the floor is dry.
  8. Coverage – approx. 200 m² for ½ litre.

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