As many of you know, hand scraped flooring is beautiful. One major benefit of hand scraped flooring is that scratches aren’t that big of a deal. Just put a little stain and finish and no one would be the wiser. That is nice if you have dogs!
There are a few downsides, however. They cannot be as easily refinished, which is an issue if the color needs to be changed, existing finish has started to lift (which does happen on occasion), or the floor gets water damaged and warps. If being refinished, the entire floor has to be sanded smooth, and then hand scraped again.
Another issue is they can be hard to keep clean, because the dirt will collect in the grooves. Also, the cleaners used will start to build up in the grooves.
If a cleaner is needed, there are two options. One option is to use a cleaner that we sell which is designed specifically for wood floors. Alternatively, you can use a 3 to 1 ratio of water and vinegar. No matter what you do, it is never a good idea to leave fluid on the floor for too long. Getting a good spray bottle and misting your solution onto the floor is the best way to proceed.
One major idea to consider is that hand scraped floors are supposed to look worn. That is why they are hand scraped, and that is okay, but it is still a good idea to have a solid clear coat on top of everything to help keep it clean and protected. The bottom line is that hand scraped floors can be very nice but they can be a challenge to maintain. Keeping a protective clear coat on the surface is very important.