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Exotic Hardwood: Merpauh

Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011

Exotic Hardwood MerpauhMerpauh is a fairly new wood to enter into the hardwood flooring market, coming to us all the way from Malaysia, and consumers have welcomed it with open arms. Distribution of this wood has certainly ramped up in the recent years, and it’s looking like this wood is here to stay.

In addition to being new to the United States market, Europe, Australia, and South Africa all have embraced Merpauh as a new option for flooring. If you choose to use Merpauh in your home or office, this wood will give your space a unique look that will make a lasting impression on all who visit.

Merpauh coloring can be compared to that of Red Oak or Australian Tasmanian Oak — pinkish-brown in color with a lovely sawn grain.

Merpauh can be nailed or stapled down, and is typically finished with a UV-cured Aluminum Oxide finish to protect it from aging in the sun. The Janka hardness level of this type of floor is rated at 860, so it's softer than a lot of other woods (Red Oak is rated at 1260). You can find Merpauh with a thickness of .75” and with eased ends and edges. Typical gloss level will have a nice, shiny semi-gloss, which will reflect light well.

In addition to being used as a flooring material, Merpauh can be used in medium and light construction, as part of your interior finishing, for paneling, for transmission posts, for furniture, for joinery, for railway sleepers, and for partitioning.

To care for this type of wood, you will need to wipe up spills immediately. Clean up after the spills with a specific hardwood cleaner. You may use a dry terrycloth mop weekly to dust areas of Merpauh flooring that may not get much use, or sweep with a sturdy broom. Use a special vacuum head for hardwood floors with felt pads to take in dust and dirt. Avoid using wax, oil-based detergent, or household cleaners on Merpauh flooring as this may damage the finish.

Also, consider placing a rug at entry points to grab dirt and grit from shoes; your best bet would be to use a natural-fiber rug without a rubber backing. You may want to stick felt pads on the feet of your furniture to avoid scratching your floor, should the furniture be moved (this is especially true for chairs).