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Timber is a living material.  A wooden floor, although no longer growing as part of a tree, is still very much part of its environment.  As such, it responds to the light, temperature, humidity and wear to which it is exposed. Over time, it is normal to see some movement in the boards owing to changes in temperature and humidity.

As the floor ages the colour of the wood will mellow and change. This is a natural process that occurs as the surface of the wood is exposed to oxygen in the air and to ultraviolet light from the sun.

Wear and Tear

Sharp objects such as high heels or chair and table legs can dent your floor. Whenever possible protect your wood by fixing felt or rubber pads under chairs and sofas and under furniture that may be dragged across the floor. Particular attention should be given to areas in the room that encounter heavy foot traffic such as entrances, walkways, corridors and areas in front of sinks. The floor in these places may need additional protection, such as a mat.

General after-care cleaning

Normal cleaning to remove surface debris is accomplished using a broom or vacuum cleaner.  To remove normal stains and non-loose dirt, the floor should be cleaned with a recommended lacquered flooring cleaning spray.  This easy to use spray is ideal for hectic homes which need a quick cleaning solution – simply spray evenly across the floor, allow a minute to work on any stubborn marks and simply wipe over.  We recommend the use of a micro fibre mop.

Cleaning extremely dirty floors

If the floor has been neglected and/or becomes very dirty, it is advisable to use a lacquered flooring intensive cleaner. 

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Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product, fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or stone, in some cases) with a photographic layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fibre board materials.

Engineered hardwood flooring is a product made up of a core of hardwood, plywood or HDF and a top layer of hardwood veneer that is glued on the top surface of the core and is available to supply in almost any wood species. The product has the natural characteristics of the selected wood species as opposed to a photographic layer. Knots and colour variation are not defects but are character markings. The “engineered” product has been designed to provide greater stability, particularly where moisture or heat pose problems for solid hardwood floors.

Solid hardwood floors are, as the description suggests, a piece of flooring cut from a single piece of wood and usually has a tongue and groove on all four sides of the board.  They will be either unfinished allowing you to apply your own finish or pre-finished with a lacquer or oil. Each and every piece of wood is unique. Knots and colour variation are not defects but are character markings. Solid wood floors can either be fully glued to the floor, screwed or nailed down with a porta-nailer which drives a nail through the groove at an angle into a wooden sub floor or batten. Solid wood floors can be sanded and resealed numerous times over the years, so you can keep the appearance of your natural floor. Solid wood floors can last up to a hundred years or more.

If you require further advice, please contact us via our Contact Us page.