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Surprise: oak floor turns out to be wonderful tropical

There are wood species and there are wood species. The best known and most common/popular in wooden flooring is still Oak Rustic, showing its full natural character. Often stained - unfortunately, why would you disguise nature's own beautiful colours?

Nature's own variety

Original Iroco/Kambala herringbone rediscovered after restoration A few years ago we were asked to sand down and renovate an original parquet floor near Kent's coast. The home owners wanted the existing dark stain removed from their herringbone floor and bring back it's original Oak - so they thought - character.

When we arrived on site it was immediately clear that hiding beneath the dark and knackered varnish layer lay not an Oak floor, but one of nature's most versatile in colour spectrum tropical wood species: Iroko (Kambala).

Iroko (Milicia excelsa) grows in tropical Africa as 50 - 60 meter high straight and often branchless tree, with an 1upto 2.5 meter wide trunk.
The wood sources from this tree various from butter yellow to golden brown, from soft pearly green to brownish red. The grain is often straight, but can have a slight wave. It contains a substance that dissolves in organic solvents which increases the drying time of varnishes/lacquers finishes.

On this particular floor - as we advice to do on all tropical wood-species - we applied one coat of Saicos Ground Oil Extra Thin for long term protection. The oil is applied very thinly and then spread out evenly with none-fluffy cloth underneath the professional buffing machine.

After this has dried, the floor is finished with polishing wax, an old-fashion but very, if not the most, effective method to create the wear and tear layer.

Ton, co-owner of Wood You Like - buffs in the solid wax to create the natural wear and tear layer on the Iroko parquet floor
The professional buffing machine above works in the polishing wax, leaving a satin to shiny and non-slippery finish, bringing the wood's own character fully to life!
 
One Iroko/Kambala original herringbone parquet floor brought back to its original glamour
The end result: gone is the darkening and scruffy lacquer finish. The restoration-works fully exposed this Iroko/Kambala natural full and versatile character.

Wondering what your own original parquet floor is hiding beneath its old finish? Read this guide and who knows? Your floor might be an even bigger treasure than you think.

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