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
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.
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.
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!
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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