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Floor Maintenance

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

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

03/07/2018
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Can Wood Floors Be Stained Darker?

Hardwood floors with a thickness of 8-10mm may be sanded and stained up to ten times. Each time, a darker or a lighter stain may be chosen. The surface layer of an engineered wood floor must meet a minimum thickness of 2mm for the process to achieve adequate results. Outcomes vary depending on the wood species, the grade or quality of the wood, and the age of the wood. The age of the selected stain is another factor that may contribute to the end result. Where a stain is many... Read More

31/05/2018
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How to Clean Wood Floors Naturally

Popular methods of cleaning wood floors naturally include: Black Tea White Vinegar and Vegetable Oil Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and Water Water, White Vinegar, Liquid Soap & Baking Soda (stain removal) The timeless visual appeal of a well maintained wood floor can increase the asking price of your property. With that in mind, there are clear short term and long term benefits to regular maintenance – but what is the best method of cleaning your wood floor? Let’s take a more in depth look at each natural cleaning solution. But... Read More

Mopping your wooden floor 30/01/2018
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Keeping your wooden floor protected from scratches

When you’ve spent a long time deciding which is the perfect wooden floor for you, you’ll want to keep it looking good for as long as possible. Unfortunately, opportunities to get scratches in your floor are plentiful, but can seriously detract from the overall effect. A beautiful wooden floor with an ugly scratch mark isn’t always easily fixed either – with a solid wood floor you can always sand down the top layer of the wood and refinish it (although this is a big undertaking and not a quick fix),... Read More

30/01/2018
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Tips for restoring a solid wood floor

A solid wooden floor can be the centrepiece of a traditional home. Solid wood gives the home a certain warmth, character and charm; however, some wooden floors have been unfortunately neglected. One of the main benefits of a solid wood floor however, is that if it does get damaged by scrapes, scratches or dents, it can be restored to bring it back to looking as good as new – which isn’t possible with laminate wooden flooring. We have some tips for those of you who are ready to give their... Read More

22/11/2017
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Advice on picking the right flooring finish

Are you struggling to choose the right flooring finish for your new solid wood floor? With so many options available it can be overwhelming and stressful trying to find the right one for your room – after all, a new floor is a long-term investment in your home and a decision you’ll have to live with for some time. Allow us to help you take the guess work out of floor shopping, with this guide on floor finishes and our expert advice on picking the right flooring finish for you. Lacquered... Read More

Mopping your wooden floor 31/10/2017
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Protecting your wooden floor properly

Now that you’ve finally installed the wooden floor 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 helps!), so here is your full guide to protecting your wooden floor properly and making sure you guard this beautiful investment in your home. Every day floor care Dirt and debris are quickly noticeable on a wooden floor, even more so... Read More