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June 2015

What to do with pine

This week we received two - separate - questions about pine flooring:

Question 1:

The lounge is made of Douglas fir softwood, is the best thing to use for this the Saicos premium Hardwaxoil in satin-mat finish for a natural look?

Our answer:

The Douglas fir softwood floor, this might turn orange when you apply HardWaxOil. Best is to do a wet finger test to see what colour the wood turns into when a natural finish is applied (wet a small part of the floor which should be bare wood). Let me know the result.

The result:

Hi Karin. 
thanks for your speedy reply. I have done a wet finger test on the Douglas fir and it does go an orange colour. What is the best thing for us to do with this?

Restoration Pack for Pine floorsThe solution:

On pine floors we normally recommend a light stain to avoid the floor going ugly orange. Oak is the most popular stain - also by Saicos, to be followed with one coat of Saicos HardWaxOil. You can find both combined in the Pine Restoration Pack.

Question 2

Hi, we have brand new red pine very light floorboards laid in the 60s maisonette we are renovating and wanted to stain the floorboards to more of a mid oak colour but have been advised not to do this as scratches and general traffic tends to wear poorly and also when the stained (or rather wood dyed) floorboards are put under a rug and the rug is removed, there are then 2 different floor colours so not ideal. 

Is there another suggestion you would recommend and if so what would that be? we need some thing hardwearing (for a studio and an upstairs landing area). It seems that dyeing the wood is not the best solution. Please can you point me in the right direction or else suggest a wood dye matt protector layer if that exists so that the surface has a more protective layer on it without looking shiny at all....Thank you!

Our answer:

Although Pine is a softwood, a proper stain won't wear off that easily - or you have to have heavy to very heavy daily traffic on it. Or of you don't maintain your floor regularly - say once every 4 - 5 months. 
The story about the colour variations between floor areas with and without rugs is true though.

High qaulity maintenance products for wooden floorsWe can highly recommend Saicos Colour Classic - single oil in many colours such as Oak. After this (one or two coats) you have to apply Saicos Premium HardWaxOil - one coat. 
(This product comes in 4 sheens: from ultra-mat to Gloss)

And also take care of your maintenance products

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Survey Results

3 weeks ago you were invited to take part in a survey. We like to thank all of those who took part!

And now the result......

All and all you told us to keep going the way we are going, which is always very nice to hear.

  • 60% find the weekly articles worthwhile, 40% found this to be often
  • 60% prefer articles on DIY, such as how to maintain your floor, 20% prefer case-studies and another 20% prefer articles on received questions and our answer to this
  • 80% take action on the articles by following the tips given
  • and the full 100% find the existing frequency of once a week absolutely fine

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On a side note, there is now a complete page on the FSC Oak flooring we introduced last week, filled with all the details, the options available and (the low) prices per sq meter and per pack. 

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Introducing: FSC Oak wood-engineered flooring for low prices

Wood You Like is happy to (re)introduce to you a large range of FSC Oak wood-engineered flooring  - around 45 different types!

These 45 different floors come in various thickness, grades and finished (both oiled as lacquered) and all have a FSC Oak top layer.

Oak in all varieties

And all at low prices too!

For instance, Oak Rustic or Nature grade 10mm with a 3mm solid Oak top layer, oiled natural of white for only £ 29.97 per sq meter!

You can all find them in our secure online shop, which gives you prices per pack. The £ 29.97 translates itself into £51.99 per pack (from 10 packs onwards). Underneath we'll give you a first overview of the sq meters per pack, the pack price and the sq meter prices - because the more packs you order, the more the price drops. 

Rust oiled nat10/3 Oak FSC Rustic/Nature oiled natural or white a 1.735 sq meter per pack  
£ 51,99 per pack for 10 or more packs (£29.96 per sq meter)
£ 60.67 per pack for 4 - 9 packs (£ 34.96 per sq meter)
£ 69.34 for 1 - 3 packs (£ 39.96 per sq meter)

image from images-cdn.ecwid.com10/3 Oak FSC Extra Rustic/Rustic, smoked/vintage oiled a 1.735 sq m per pack
£64.12 per pack for 10 or more packs (£ 36.95 per sq meter)
£ 74.71 per pack for 4 - 9 packs (£ 43.06 per sq meter
£81.47 for 1 - 3 packs (£ 46.95 per sq meter)

More will follow as soon as possible! Check out the new category in our online shop:

Wood-Engineered Floors FSC

Or read the specific article on this floor range here

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On spindles and other interior wood

This week we received the following question 

"I am having new stair spindles, handrail and base rail. I would like to use oil to stain it light oak. 
What is the best method and materials to do this?"

Our answer:

We have various colour oils (thin oils): 
Make sure the wood is clean and grease free (and dry), then apply one coat - with a brush or non-fluffy cloth. If needed you can apply a second coat (after 8 hours drying time)

Saicos Colorwachs 2,5
Thin oil in many colours, for all unfinished furniture too

The oil we mentioned is - strangely enough - Colour Wax Classic. It is truly a thin oil, and so very easy to apply. On unfinished wood it takes only one coat in the stain of your choice to give it a completely different look.

And there are 16 colour to choose from!

Not just stair furniture, but all kinds of (unfinished) wooden furniture can be treated with Saicos Colour Wax - it's turning into a real craze in The Netherlands to "personalise" Ikea wooden furniture. Some even sand down a pre-finished piece of furniture to add their own colour. Or, as they call it, to "pimp" it up.

Various examples of this new trend can be found online, just search 
"pimp Ikea furniture" or follow this link for an enormous quantity of pictures. And of course, this applies to all kind of wooden furniture, not just from our Scandinavian "friends".

As with all Saicos products, this one is easy to apply with a brush or a non-fluffy cloth. Plus it is made of natural ingredients - so eco-friendly too.

Go on, have a "splash"

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