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July 2015

Two floor types, still one look

We received the following question this week (have your own question? Use the ?Help button at the bottom of every page of this site)

Hi there
I've got the opportunity to revamp our whole house and we have this idea to have the same type of flooring everywhere: downstairs as well as upstairs. Now I've looked around the old internet and read somewhere that I could get away with thinner boards upstairs 'cos there's not that much traffic going on, not as much as downstairs anyway.
I was told by a friend of mine that you would have a solution for this, 'cos everywhere else I look I end up with the same floor for both plans, the fact being that none of the thinner boards look like the thicker boards - which makes it a bit too expensive for me. So, please, let me hear your ideas!

Our answer:

Indeed, if there is not that much traffic upstairs, you can get away with 10mm thick boards. Downstairs we highly recommend - as you've discovered yourself - to use a thicker, at least 15mm, boards.
In our secure webshop you can find a variety in looks, the same in 10mm as in the 15mm thick high quality wood-engineered boards.
For instance:

Oak Rustic, oiled natural or white

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Rustic, oiled natural (10 or 15mm)

Oak Nature, oiled natural or white

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Nature, oiled white in 10 or 15mm

It depends on your personal taste, the nature grade has fewer knots and fewer colour variations between the boards; the Rustic grade is the most popular one - giving you an authentic cottage feeling. 
You didn't mention what type of house you have, if modern I suggest you take a close look at the Nature grade, what we call our "minimalistic" look; if you on the other hand prefer a "country-feel" you should opt for the Rustic version (which for the 10mm comes at only £ 29.97 per sq meter for orders over 17 sq meters)

Let us know if you need more advice?

Looking for a perfect wood-engineered floor yourself, for your study, bedroom, kitchen or lounge (or any other place inside your home)? Have a browse through all of the flooring types we can supply to you. All have a FSC Oak toplayer!

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What gap?!

This week I had a phone conversation about gaps - an item that frequently pops up, just do a search on the word and you'll find various posts on the subject on this site.

The caller had a discussion with the builder he was about to contract to install his wood-engineered flooring for him and this general builder had told him that due to the rather high summer temperature the need of gaps all around the wooden floor was not needed, the floor would shrink as soon as the temperature dropped and create its own gaps. 

First of all I recommended he should reconsider contracting this particular builder to install his floor, if this was his knowledge level I was fearing for the rest of the installation process and overall result.

You need to have gaps all around the perimeter of your wooden floor, no matter what temperature it is outside. That's a fact.

The width of the gap is a completely different story and has not much to do with the summer or winter temperature, but much more with the (air) humidity! Because wood reacts to moist in the air and the underfloor. It absorbs moist when the humidity around it is higher than the moist content the wood has at the moment it is brought into your home, and will evaporate moist when it is the other way around - low surrounding humidity.

Therefore, in winter time, when your heating is on and the air humidity inside and outside is lower than in summer, you need to add additional mm to the gaps around your floor.

image from blog.cmiac.comIn summer time, the air humidity can fluctuate rather spectacular, from "normal" (which is between 45 - 65%) to higher than 80% - especially when after a rainy period the sun comes out on full strength and evaporates all the moist quickly again - hence the "mucky" feeling we all get during such a weather spell.

If the humidity is around normal (between 45 - 65%) you leave 10 mm at least as a gap all around the floor for wood-engineered flooring, for solid wood floor you keep 10 mm as minimum and calculate the width of the room (based on installing the floor parallel to the length of the room) and multiply this by 3.5mm per meter width. A room 4 meter wide should - with solid wood flooring - therefore have a gap of at least 14mm and a room of 2 meter wide will have a gap of 10 mm (the minimum width a gap should have).
And no matter if the floor (wood-engineered or solid) will be installed floating or fully bonded to the underfloor with suitable adhesive

Your wooden floor needs to acclimatise to the (air) humidity of the room it is supposed to be installed in, for wood-engineered floor 2 -3 days suffice, for solid wood flooring you should give this at least a week.
And when the air humidity on the day of installing is 80% or higher, give it a rest and don't start the installation at all - 'cos if you do, you'll find extra wide gaps everywhere when the humidity has dropped to its normal levels again, not something you were after I'm guessing.

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Lack of time is no problem - later

This week we received the following request for help/advice:

We have a lovely parquet floor which we sanded around 6 / 7 years ago. Unfortunately the early arrival of child number 3 meant we never got around to sealing it. It is now very dirty and I was wondering the best way to clean it and seal it? I don't really want to sand it again and I suspect this won't help as the dirt will looks pretty ingrained! Can you please advise? Many thanks.

That's the beauty of solid wood flooring - of reasonable quality of course - it can take some beating for it turns absolutely ugly and beyond saving.

Our answer:

We can highly recommend Saicos Magical Cleanser to thoroughly clean the floor. 

We also recommend that after you cleaned it you do apply a finishing coat, for instance Saicos Premium HardWaxOil - finish your floor in 1 day.

Hope this helps

Apparently it did, they ordered the recommended products and are on their way to "salvage" the parquet floor and enjoy its beauty for years to come.

  example of a restored Oak parquet floor

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The Toppers of the last 6 months

Time flies! Already the first half of 2015 has gone, turned into history. Who knows what the second half of this year will bring us?

What we do know are the toppers of the last 6 months:

At no 5

Saicos Tropical Combo: The two products you need to finish your tropical floor in one day!

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At no 4:

Saicos Wax-Care: The maintenance product for oiled floors (and can also be used on bare wood - if you apply 4 or 5 coats)

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At no 3:

EcoLine Cleaning Kit: everything you need to clean and maintain all wooden floors no matter the finish type

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At no 2:

Saicos Wax-Care Spray: the easiest to use maintenance polish for every wooden floor.

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And at number 1:

Saicos Premium HardWaxOil: the ultimate quick drying finish for Oak floors - or as finish layer on any other wooden floor (after a first coat of thin clear oil or one of the many colour oils).

Available in 4 sheens (ultra-mat, mat, satin-mat and high gloss) plus in pure. Eco-friendly too.

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Enjoy the weather we're having at the moment, protect your floor against too much direct sunshine (and don't forget to protect yourself from the same) and remember:

Everything your wooden floor to stay healthy and beautiful all year round can be found in Wood You Like's secure webshop.

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Protecting your floor

image from the weather the last days? Or too hot for you?

Your floor might feel the same. Like yourself it needs moisturising to keep healthy and its beautiful appearance. The simplest way to do this is to apply a maintenance polish or wax once in a while (like we need to take care of our skin during sunshine and take enough water to prevent dehydration). With once in a while we mean every 4 - 5 months, that's enough.

Our Maintenance products will keep your floor healthy during any season.

Another - simple - way to protect your floor from extreme hot summer weather:

  • don't apply oil or polish on a (too) hot surface - so close curtains or apply the product when there is no direct sunlight on the floor

And don't forget to enjoy the summer yourself, we've been waiting for it a long time.
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