- March 18, 2018
- Posted by: Edgar Posada
- Category: Blog
If you have ever been to the Prince Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, you probably have been blown away by how awesome its hardwood flooring looks. It’s really easy to get impressed because this hotel uses a hardwood that is actually made of an endangered tree. This is the narra tree, which is a special sub-type of the mahogany.
You have to remember that the rainforest in Southeast Asia has been endangered for many decades now. It continues to shrink every single year. Well, one unfortunate consequence of this is that many beautiful hardwood trees like mahogany and narra have been harvested.
Now, this is quite a disaster, but there is an upside. There is a market of narra planks that basically change hands. It’s like it has its own unique economy.
Somebody may have had an old house with flooring made of narra planks. Instead of yanking it out and burning it up or throwing it away, they sell it on this informal multinational narra market. The same applies to mahogany. This way, hardwood floors that are sourced from otherwise endangered tree species live on today.
This is amazing news if you think about it. Seriously. Why? Instead of going out there and killing yourself a narra tree, you just need to go to this online market and buy planks.
Now, the downside to this is that you may not be able to access the right cuts of planks. There might not be enough units available at the time you need it, but this is a small price to pay. At the very least, you are saving a lot of trees’ lives by getting your hardwoods this way.
Make no mistake about it, Southeast Asian hardwoods are very hard to find. They are hard to come across, and that’s why you really have to be proactive when protecting your hardwood flooring from damage.
Unfortunately, there are many beautiful rugs out there that have a very scratchy or tough underlayers. This is a serious problem.
And what makes this all the more dangerous is when you’re out on the market buying your next rug or carpet. They look very innocent. Seriously. You can run your palm through the whole underlayer of a rug and not detect any problems because it’s nice, soft and supple.
However, if you’re not careful, if you lay that rug on your hardwood floor, after a few years when it’s time to move or to redecorate the room, when you lift the rug, you see the damage. It’s as if a hole got torn into your hardwood floor. It went right through the protective veneer and into the tissue of the hardwood itself.
Spare yourself from all this unnecessary drama by realizing that your rug can damage your hardwoods. That’s the first thing that you need to do. Realize that that can happen. Because once you get that idea through your head, you will then be able to take preemptive action.
One of the best actions you can take is to invest in a rug pad. These are not thick, they are not hard, but they can go a long way in protecting the exterior of your hardwoods so they last longer.