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Pine floor - now what?

Recently we received two - separate - questions about pine flooring:

Question 1:

The lounge is made of Douglas fir softwood, is the best thing to use for this the Saicos premium Hardwaxoil in satin-mat finish for a natural look?

Our answer:

The Douglas fir softwood floor, this might turn orange when you apply HardWaxOil. Best is to do a wet finger test to see what colour the wood turns into when a natural finish is applied (wet a small part of the floor which should be bare wood). Let me know the result.

The result:

Hi Karin. 
thanks for your speedy reply. I have done a wet finger test on the Douglas fir and it does go an orange colour. What is the best thing for us to do with this?

Restoration Pack for Pine floorsThe solution:

On pine floors we normally recommend a light stain to avoid the floor going ugly orange. Oak is the most popular stain - also by Saicos, to be followed with one coat of Saicos HardWaxOil. You can find both combined in the Pine Restoration Pack.

Question 2

Hi, we have brand new red pine very light floorboards laid in the 60s maisonette we are renovating and wanted to stain the floorboards to more of a mid oak colour but have been advised not to do this as scratches and general traffic tends to wear poorly and also when the stained (or rather wood dyed) floorboards are put under a rug and the rug is removed, there are then 2 different floor colours so not ideal. 

Is there another suggestion you would recommend and if so what would that be? we need some thing hardwearing (for a studio and an upstairs landing area). It seems that dyeing the wood is not the best solution. Please can you point me in the right direction or else suggest a wood dye matt protector layer if that exists so that the surface has a more protective layer on it without looking shiny at all....Thank you!

Our answer:

Although Pine is a softwood, a proper stain won't wear off that easily - or you have to have heavy to very heavy daily traffic on it. Or of you don't maintain your floor regularly - say once every 4 - 5 months. 
The story about the colour variations between floor areas with and without rugs is true though.

High qaulity maintenance products for wooden floorsWe can highly recommend Saicos Colour Classic - single oil in many colours such as Oak. After this (one or two coats) you have to apply Saicos Premium HardWaxOil - one coat. 
(This product comes in 4 sheens: from ultra-mat to Gloss)

And also take care of your maintenance products

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Frequently mix-up: finish or maintain

Our inbox frequently received all kinds of questions, on all kinds wooden flooring subjects. Some are very good questions, others make us think not everyone has a correct understanding of the floorcovering they selected.

One question read:

can I use Saicos hard wax oil and then use Aunt Polly polishing wax

All oiled floors, not matter which brand oil had been used, can be treated with any maintenance product suitable for oiled floors, so the answer is yes. Some manufacturers of floor oils tell you you have to use only their maintenance products, but our experience tells us all (good) maintenance products - from sprays, polish and wax - can be used to keep your oiled floor healthy, beautiful and protecting it against dirt and drips.

Our answer was then followed by another question:

When I applied the Aunt Polly, can I then reseal the floor yearly with the HardWaxOil?

This is one of those questions that makes us realise that some people do not know the difference between finishing and maintenance products.

You only treat your wooden floor with a finishing product - such as Saicos HardWaxOil, or single oils - when it is brand new and unfinished OR if it floor has been sanded bare.

image from dpbfm6h358sh7.cloudfront.netA once treated floor you maintain with maintenance products, there is no need what so ever to reseal your wooden floor with another coat of oil once every year. Sellers of wooden floors or finishing materials who tell you that either do not know what they are talking about or are trying to sell you expensive oils.
Every wooden floor needs a maintenance treatment roughly twice a year, that should suffice to keep it healthy and beautiful.

So: finishing products only once (by yourself on unfinished wood or by the manufacturer when you purchase a pre-oiled floor) - maintenance products every 5 - 6 months. 

If you need more information on how to maintain your wooden floor, purchase the Ultimate Maintenance Guide in the secure webshop and you will never doubt what product to use when.

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