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Mopping your wooden floor 21/03/2019
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Caring for your floor

Now that you’ve finally installed the laminate, solid wood floor or engineered wood flooring of your dreams, you’ll want to look after it for as long as possible so that looks great for years. There’s more involved in protecting your wooden floor than just taking your shoes off before you walk over it (although that does help!), so here is your full guide to protecting your wooden floor properly and making sure you guard this beautiful investment in your home. Daily Wood and Laminate Floor Care Dirt and debris are... Read More

28/02/2019
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Colourful motifs and abstract patterns

  Mediterranean tiles Colourful motifs and abstract patterns… Inspired by traditional Moroccan tiles our laminate Mediterranean collection makes a practical flooring option. The influence of Morocco’s position in North Africa, boarding the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, is prevalent through its local art and design. With cobalt and saffron being reminiscent of the of the oceans and sweeping deserts. While the epic mountain ranges and ancient medinas have inspired travellers for centuries. Originating in Morocco in the 10th century the original tiles were in subdued hues of white and... Read More

Pinting your floor 03/12/2018
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Can Wooden Floors Be Painted?

For best results from painted wooden floors, select an oil based or latex based enamel wood floor paint (acrylic paint is not suitable). While traditional oil based paint is generally longer lasting, latex-based paint is easier to apply and maintain. Paint containing polyurethane benefits from both increased durability and does not require a separate gloss.   Painting Wooden Floors – Which Paint Should I Choose? Both oil based and latex based enamel wood floor paint deliver a quality finish. In terms of lifespan, oil based paint offers an increased resistance... Read More

16/10/2018
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Wood Floors Vs Vitrified Tiles

Engineered wood floors (and to some extent solid wood floors) respond well to underfloor heating and are comparatively much easier to maintain compared to vitrified tiles. This makes wood floors the ideal choice for indoor use. Vitrified tiles are difficult to remove and possess hard-wearing all-weather characteristics suitable for outdoor use (e.g. patios). What is a Vitrified Tile? Unlike standard ceramic flooring, vitrified tiles contain quartz and feldspar. When heated in a kiln, quartz and feldspar melt together to form a glass-like glue that binds the clay tile together. This... Read More

01/10/2018
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What Are Floating Wooden Floors?

A floating wooden floor is one of three engineered wood floor installation solutions. Floating floors consist of interconnected tongue-and-groove planks placed on top of a concrete or wood subfloor. Unlike the alternative ‘glued’ or ‘nailed’ methods, the boards are not fixed to the floor, hence the name ‘floating wood floor’. Why Choose Floating Wooden Floors? Of the three engineered wood floor installation methods, the floating wooden floor method is commonly regarded by DIY enthusiasts as the simplest and most cost effective installation solution. Let’s take a look at the three... Read More

durable wood flooring 18/09/2018
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Which Wood Flooring is Most Durable?

In order to understand which type of wood flooring is most durable, we must consider two factors: The impact resistant properties of each wood species The difference between solid wood floors and engineered wood floors We will now look at each point individually, beginning with how hardness is tested. Understanding the Janka Hardness Test Wood floor ‘hardness’ is measured using the Janka Hardness Test. Simply, the test involves measuring the force required to embed a small steel ball in the wood (exactly half of the steel ball must be embedded... Read More

07/09/2018
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How to Remove Water Stains from Wood Floors

Wood floor stains are grouped into two categories: white and black. In general, white stains affect the surface finish and black stains penetrate into the wood. Understanding the difference between white stains and black stains is the first step in deciding the most suitable method of how to remove water stains from wood floors. Types of Water Stains: White Stains The term ‘white stain’ is used to describe surface discolouration that only affects the wood floor finish. Typically, this smoky type of water stain is found on newer wood floors... Read More

22/08/2018
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How To Make Wood Floors Less Slippery

Popular methods of making wood floors less slippery include cleaning the floor regularly and applying an anti-slip coating. Adding carpet runners to stairways and fixing heavy rugs in place with carpet tape or non-slip rug pads can also help to prevent accidental slippages. Further reduce the risk of slipping by choosing rubber soled footwear. Less Slippery Wood Floors – Choice of Finish The lifespan of both engineered and hardwood floors can be extended by up to ten times through careful maintenance – including applying a finish. The three most popular... Read More

15/08/2018
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Can You Use Steam Mops to Clean Wood Floors?

Cleaning a wood floor with a steam mop increases the risk of water damage – typical long term damage includes ‘cupping’ or ‘crowning’. Water residue could also dull a wax or varnish finish. All wood floors are sensitive to moisture – a hygrometer device can be useful in measuring and maintaining humidity levels. How to Clean a Wood Floor Safely Wood floors may be finished using a variety of methods and products. Different finishes provide different levels of protection against moisture. For example, popular oil based stain-and-seal finishes may offer... Read More

31/07/2018
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Are Wood Floors Waterproof?

Wood floors are not inherently waterproof. Applying a water resistant finish at regular intervals (2-10 years, depending on type of finish and intensity of usage) can help to maximise the lifespan of a wood floor. Options for creating different levels of water resistance range from Polyurethane oil and water based finishes, to varnishes and sealants. Waterproofing can help to avoid: Bow Bowing occurs where water damage causes a distinct contraction across the surface of the wood, causing the two ends of a piece of wood flooring to rise up slightly.... Read More