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Brazilian Cherry Flooring

Brazilian Cherry FlooringThe need for exotic flooring is expanding, and the hardwood most requested in this respect is Brazilian cherry. Also known as Jatoba, Brazilian cherry is the hardest wood available it measures 2350lbf on the Janka scale and is significantly more durable than various domestic species. Aside from the hardness and durability, the color of the hardwood sets Brazilian cherry apart. With a tan to salmon color, the wood is accented by darker highlights. After installation and finishing, the hardwood changes to a darker red shade. This darker color has made the hardwood well-known amongst other domestic and exotic species and gives the space a unique character.

Brazilian cherry, in spite of its name, is not actually a fruit-producing tree and has no relation to the American cherry tree. Rather, Jatoba is found in several locations in Central and South America, and the wood is sold under names like "Brazilian copal," "South American locust," and "stinking toe," the latter of which refers to the pungent odor the tree's pulp produces.

In addition to its density and color, Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring is characterized by a fine grain, which plays a role in the installation of the wood. Before installation occurs, the hardwood should be indoors to adjust to the temperature and, in installation, must be added perpendicularly to the floor joints. Stains and finishes affect the appearance of the wood, however, but, in all cases, the color will change overtime after the stain is applied.

Brazilian cherry flooring needs to be maintained, and the hardwood should be swept and vacuumed daily. Although you can clean the surface with a small amount of water on a cloth, as little moisture as possible should be used, and no products with wax, vinegar, or an acidic base should be added. Once all washing is done, the floor must air dry.

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