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January 2017

3 Myths on Maintenance

On the subject of maintaining your wooden floor, we receive plenty of questions from many wooden floor owners (have a question of your own? Use the ?Help button at the bottom of every page). Some are straightforward, others we have to do some "de-mything" work.

Myth 1: Lacquer floors don't need maintenance?

Yes, they do! A varnish or lacquer finish on a wooden floor is in fact a very thin film on top of it. If this thin layer is damaged - by whatever means - the wood is no longer protected against dirt and drips and can show dark, black spots when the floor doesn't receive regular maintenance. This maintenance also keeps the finish layer stronger, plus "fills" small scratches.
In the event your wooden floor is riddled with scratches, sanding down is the only solution to restore it to its previous glory.

 Myth 2: oiled floors need re-oiling every year?

No, they don't! An oiled floor only ever needs re-oiling when - if ever! - you sand it down to the (almost) bare wood.
What an oiled floor does need - and varnished/lacquer floors too, see above - is regular maintenance with a polish or a wax. The advantage of an oil floor is that, when treated regular, it will become even more beautiful over time, plus it will keep the wood protected against almost everything you can throw at it. Ths products are none-slippery on their own, just be aware that too much applied will not be all absorbed by your floor and can make the floor - temporarily - slippery.

Hard-workMyth 3: maintenance is cumbersome!

No, absolutely not! Especially with the modern maintenance products it takes only a few minutes to treat your floor to its "beauty regime", one product even comes is a spray - now how easy is that?

Believe me, maintaining your floor is as easy as hovering or sweeping it regularly. For more tips and advice on maintenance, why not request our maintenance leaflet - and we've created The Ultmate Maintenance Guide which goes even deeper into the subject -but this leaflet tells you how easy it really is.

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Grit - protect your floor!

With a cold-front behind and in front of us, we can definitely say: Winter's here!

Zout-strooienIn various articles on the blog we frequently mentioned that wooden floors benefit from extra TLC. 'Pampering' your floor by applying a maintenance product every 5 to 6 months will keep the wood protected against dirt and drips and enhance its beauty. Special care is recommended when salt from the gritting on icy and/or snowy roads comes on your floor through wet-shoe prints. Not all entrance mats 'wipe' the bottom of your shoes completely dry.
To prevent the salt effecting the wooden floor there are a few simple things you can do:

  • Leave shoes on the mat (or kick off your shoes on the mat and store them in a shoe cupboard - if you have such a novel item - or area that is tiled. To prevent the tiles coming dirty or smutched, put an old newspaper on the floor first).
  • Leave shoes in the porch and have slippers at the ready - warmed-up slippers is really a nice treat after a walk in the cold.
  • Wipe wet-shoe prints dry the moment you notice them so the salt doesn't get a change to effect the wood.
  • Make sure your wooden floor receives its extra TLC with the Cleaning Set for All Floor Types

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