We all want to do our part in helping the environment. From recycling to cleaning our communities, there are a number of ways we that we can contribute. One of the more beautiful ways to be eco-friendly is through reclaimed wood.
Reclaimed wood can have many purposes, including shelving, wood paneling for a wall, fireplace mantels, flooring, beams, and so much more. The only limit is your imagination! Like all wood, it can come in a diverse range of appearances, varying in species, colors, textures, and patterns. It may have some of the original markings such as nail holes and saw marks from its initial use, but otherwise it serves all of the same purposes with the same quality as new wood.
There is also a unique and unmatched personality found in reclaimed wood since it comes from previous homes or furniture, carrying a story along with it that you won’t find in new wood. Each unique piece has its own history that is unmatched by any other, even if they came from a similar place around a similar time. It will give any project a life of its own.
The best way to make sure you get the most of your reclaimed wood is through proper maintenance and care. Cleaning products that are specifically intended for the finish of your wood are important, so make sure to take care in which products you purchase. Once you are comfortable with your supplies, make sure to lightly mop or vacuum weekly, immediately clean up any spills, and avoid hard scrubbing. Proper maintenance will assure that you enjoy your wood for years to come!
Wood is a gorgeous material that has been used in homes for centuries. Using recycled wood products is a great way to get that beautiful aesthetic while also preserving history and our environment, so consider this option with your next project!
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