Sometimes we wonder where people get their information from and why they need to confirm whatever they read/heard/been told with us? Most often it comes down to "silly" questions - based on the fact that dumb questions don't excist.
We received a phone call last week from an "installer" who'd taken on a job to install floorboards and he'd been reading online about the problems with a chipboard underfloor. The fact that the purchased pine boards didn't have any Tongue and Groove meant he had to fix the boards straight to the chipboard - which most often has a moist-repellent surface on to which no modern adhesive holds. We told him so.
A half an hour later he called again: the chipboard in situ was of the old-fashioned type, so he was confident he could glue the boars down.
Question: chould he use normal PVAC wood-glue for this?
PVAC wood-glue is suitable to glue the T&G's of floorboards, NOT to fully bond the boards down to the underfloor. You need flexible ashesive for this, such as Basicol STP750 or Mapei Eco S955 and use the correct nothed trowel.
You can read more about the correct way of fully bonding a wood floor in the "Wooden Floor Installation Manual"
Another call last week came from a couple who'd just had a new pre-oiled wood-engineered Oak floor installed and were wondering about the maintenance. If they'd purchased the floor from our own company they would have received the standard maintenance leaflet, explaining when and how to do this.
After we told them the first application should be applied after 30 days, followed by once every 4 -5 months, the the asked if they could - in between maintenance applications - use their steam-cleaner on it.
No matter that the steam-cleaner manufacturer states it can be used on wooden flooring: don't! Water - especially steaming hot moist/water and wood do not agree with each other. It will damage the surface and could even effect the bonding between the top layer and the back layer of your wood-engineered boards (or if you have parquet flooring the bonding between the wood and the underfloor).
You can read more about the correct maintenance practises in the "Ultimate Maintenance Guide" - containing pictures of damaged floors by steam-cleaning!
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