Weekly we receive various questions (have a question yourself, use the ?HELP button at the bottom of every page), this week two of them were kind of hypothetical questions.
The first one centres around the natural colour of the wooden floor:
I've just sanded my parquet floor and it looks really nice, I love the pale colour it has now. What will happen if I leave it just like this and won't treat it with any finish?
Well, for one thing, this pale colour will eventually fade. Every sanded/bare wood will mature over time, some tropical species it is a matter of weeks, Oak will take around 1.5 - 2 years to get its characteristic honey colour.
For another thing, long before the wood has matured it will be very dirty and stained. You'll walk in city and/or country dust from outside which will cover your floor - especially those areas which will receive the most "traffic". Dusting or vacuum cleaning daily could help, but will not prevent stains. Human beings are prone to stain: coffee, tea, soup, pasta-sauce, beer, red wine - nothing can prevent us from spilling some of it. Plus, don't forget muddy paws from your pets! And because your floor is not protected, any spillage will stain your floor.
So, not treating your floor at all will only give you this pale and wonderful stainless surface for a very short time I'm afraid. However, there are some products around that'll help you keep a paler look for the longest time (but eventually the maturing of the wood will win).
- Solution one: Saicos Premium HardWaxOil contains fewer linseed oil than other brands, enlarging the time to mature.
- Solution two: one of the sheens available with Saicos Premium HardWaxOil is the Pure sheen. This sheen is created especially to enlarge the time until maturing even further, plus gives your floor an even paler shade than the other 4 sheens of Saicos HardWaxOil.
- Solution three - which gives you the best (longest) result but takes a bit more work: Aunt Poly's Polishing Wax Ivory White, which will give your floor a transparent finish and will, just like Saicos HardWaxOil, enlarge the time to maturing. To fully protect your wood floor against dirt, drips and spillages it will take a few coats of the Ivory White polishing wax so instead of within one day with Saicos HardWaxOil, it might take over two days to finish your floor.
Another hypothetical question also related to a just sanded parquet floor:
What will happen with my floor if the wood-filler I use is of a different brand than my finishing product, which are your Saicos Tropical Combo products
As long as you sand the floor again - with grit 120, not higher because that'll close up the grain - to remove all the excess filler, you can safely use the Saicos Tropical Combo.
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