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In 2018 we are celebrating our 15th! anniversary - with a counting down discount code for all of our fans:
The sun is out when I'm typing this, finally after many overcasted days lately. There is one thing we can be sure off: Autumn is definitely here and Winter is approaching. To keep your wooden floor beautiful and healthy this coming season a few tips for you:
Don't simply wash your floor with water.
Rainy days can give you muddy footprints on your floor, cleaning your wooden floor with just water will make it dull and could erase the protective sealing of the polish you applied on it.
Do use a special wood cleaning product (diluted in water) to regularly clean your floor from dirt and muddy footprints. Saicos EcoLine Washcare contains a little bit of revitalising wax which will bring back the lustre of your wooden floor. It also contains a VOC-free soft detergent, removing dirt and mud.
One can of Washcare - diluted - covers appr 1000 sq meters!
Don't worry too much about little gaps appearing this season. It is the "heating" season after all, where the central heating will dry out the air more than during Summer, late Spring and early Autumn. Because wood reacts to the air humidity it will release excess moist and could shrink a little bit. Nothing to worry about, it will expand again when the heating season ends.
Do keep an eye on the air humidity in your home, not just for your wooden floor but also for your own health. Like your floor, dry air effects your skin and can make it dry. You can protect the dryness of your skin with moisturising crème, and the health of your floor with a polish. For both lacquered and oiled floors there is the easy to use Saicos EcoLine Wax Care Spray - covers 100 sq meters - and if you have an oiled floor you can also opt for the Saicos EcoLine Wax Care Polish - also covers 100 sq meters.
Both products can be applied every 3 - 4 months, so treat your floor now and it will keep its moist better and shrinking could be prevented or be less.
Don't walk in grit. In the event it starts snowing this Winter and the gritters will be out and about, be careful to not to get the grit - containing salt and possibly chemicals - into your home and on to your floor. This will react with the polish and even with the wood itself, resulting in stains - which are hard to get rid off.
Do place a entrance mat on both sides of the outside doors to wipe your shoes/boots off before entering your home and wooden floors. Best is to remove your shoes/boots after entering and prevent any residue grit getting in the house. What would be nicer coming in from the cold to ease your cold feet in warm slippers!
Just a few simple tips to keep your wooden floor beautiful and healthy the coming months. It is easier than you think. Order your maintenance products now and prevent any (slight) damage to the finishing layer and your wood floor.
Recently we received two - separate - questions about pine flooring:
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?
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
We 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
Have a question of your own? Use the ?Help button at the bottom (right) of every page here
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:
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.
A 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.
Last week we received the following question :
Having read your excellent articles, we now realise this subject is more complex than we imagined. We have a room that has a third of the (varnished?) parquet floor which is faded (see pix). We would like to know what approach to take and which of your products we need to use. Much appreciated,
Enjoying the sunny weather we're having of late? I'll bet you do!
The intens sunshine however resulted in a panicky email:
"I hope you can help us. We had an Oak floor installed which was finished with UV-oil. Now with all the sunny weather of the recent weeks, the part of floor that gets the sun all afternoon long is still changing colour! How is that possible, we thought with the UV-oil the floor was protected against this???"
An UV-oil finish is quite common nowadays. but it sets most people on "the wrong foot". UV-oil means the oil in the factory has certain particles in it that assists the quick factory drying of the oil with UV-light. It does not mean your floor is now protected against the effects of the UV-light of the sun.
Any wood floor reacts to light, by turning darker or lighter - depending on the wood-species. The best way to protect your floor (and its colour) is to shade it from intense sunlight during mid-day when the UV rays are at their strongest. Awnings, screens or even soft curtains will reduce the UV effect on your floor.
Plus, as you would (should!) do with your own skin to protect it during the most intense sunshine, you can also protect your floor - no matter if it is treated with UV-oil or not - by applying a regular maintenance regime which keeps the surface healthy and will reduce the effect of the sun's UV light.
A regular maintenance regime means nothing more than applying a polish or a wax every 5 - 6 months (do avoid treating your floor in direct sunshine, the high temperature of the surface will dry out the polish/wax too quickly and result in a patchy result).
The simplest way to treat your floor - and protect it better against the sunshine - is using Saicos EcoLine Wax-Care Spray. Simply spray it on your floor, spread it out with the polish applicator and within 10 minutes the job is done!
Treat your floor regularly, enjoy the sun - as long as it still lasts - and don't get burned!
This month we received various questions :
I have a herringbone style parquet floor which is in need of some TLC more than anything. The wood is generally in very good condition. There are areas that are scuffed, but this appears to be more surface scuffing than anything else. I think the current protection is a varnish on the floor, as you can see some brush marks in places! What we would like to do is to remove this layer, make the finish a more natural wood finish to brighten the room up a little more if possible. There appears to be no loose tiles from what i can tell. There are some gaps in places, but nothing that is of major concern.
What would be your recommendations to bring the floor back to a decent finish without the need to sand it all back, which is a job i really want to try and avoid if possible.
Our answer :
Removing varnish without sanding might be impossible, but you could try a thorough cleaning and then applying polish.
Have a look here.
we are wanting to clean up and polish our old parquet floor. we need to do so quite quickly and have hired a floor cleaner with a rotary polish clean head. what products would you recommend we buy to use ?. I thought the clean solution nd then the polish but wold like some advise. thank you
Thank you for your order, for the works planned they are the correct ones. Follow the instructions on the Magic Cleanser can and you can't go wrong.
Have a question yourself, simply use the ?Help button at the bottom of the page.
If you have plans to install your own wooden floor, why not profit from our special Jubilee additional discount on the E-version of Wood You Like's Installation Guide: 160 pages filled with tips, advice, images, drawings and much much more.
The paperback version can still be Purchase at Amazon.co.uk for around 18 pounds, the E-version has a priceticket of 12,55 but now - till the end of next month - June 2018 - with an additional 15% jubilee discount just for 10.65 pounds
As for your normal orders, don't forget our 15 year Anniversary dropdown discount, this month - May - 11% and next month - June - 10%, and so on till the end of this year.
You might have done it already, or you might have thought about It - but do you know we receive question after question through our helpdesk (?Help) and we are always more than happy to reply with a proper answer.
Our clients have been asking questions all of the 15 years Wood You Like is in business , so often really we even could compile a real book on how to install your wooden floor (available through Amazon) or as Ebook in our own secure webshop
Some, if not many, questions ended up as a blogpost/article on this website - and here is where we need your help. We have been blogging since early 2006 and think in all those years we have covered almost everyhting there is to know about wooden flooring. But we can also imagine you have a problem or find yourself in a unique situation and don't know where to go for the answer. For instance the person who used our helpdesk Only last week:
"I am going to be sanding my Parquet floor in the Hall, Living & Dining room & would like to keep it as natural as possible. I have seen the Osmo PolyX Raw which looks like you put Original over the top of it. Is Osmo a good choice or should i be looking at something different?
I would like a Satin finish when done"
Lately we feel however we are copying posts from the past to keep you informed, where we like to add new content to our site. So, help us out and ask your question using the helpdesk function - the ?Help button can be found on every page of our site. Your question might end up helping others too when it turns into a blogpost!
P.S. If you use the helpdesk for the first time do not forget to link in the first email the helpdesk sends you, this is to confirm your emailaddress and to make sure we receive your question in our inbox .
Over the many years Wood You Like has been in business (this year already 15 years!) we must have received over 2000 questions - in our former showroom, over the phone, by email and nowadays mostly through our simple ?Help button. Many of these Frequently Asked questions we gathered together and turned them into helpful guides:
- Maintenance Guide, a very simple guide which tells you in a few easy steps how to maintain your wooden floor
- The Ultimate Maintenance Guide, the guide that dives deeper into all maintenance issues and questions £ 5.50
- If and How your Original Parquet Floor can be Restored without Sanding - the title says it all, quite useful for those who (re)discovered a parquet floor hiding underneath carpets
- 7 Easy Steps to Repair/Restore your Parquet Floor - for those who discovered their parquet floor does need to be sanded £ 8.97
- for those thinking of purchasing a wooden floor, through Amazon.co.uk only, the Buying Guide on Wooden Flooring £ 5.70
- and finally, especially for those who plan to install a brand new wooden floor themselves:
The Wooden Floor Installation Manual - £ 12.55
If you have a question, one of the above guides will certainly have the answer. If in those cases you have one that is not (yet) covered in one of the information guides, feel free to use the ?Help button you will find at the bottom of every page on this website (if you are using this service for the first time, be sure to click the link in the email you receive after posting your question otherwise it will not end up in our inbox)
Last month we were a bit (too) optimistic about Sping arriving - just look at the weather this Easter Weekend - but.... Spring is - although slowly - definitely approaching and warmer weather will arrive shortly.
Which means, for all those with Underfloor Heating underneath their wooden floor, the heating can and will be turned down a notch of two - perhaps even more. Your wooden floor has had a true battering this long and cold Winter and beginning of Spring, so is in high need of some pampering. The heating had dried out the wood and your floor will be ever so grateful for a polish treatment.
No matter what the finish is on your wooden floor, be it oil, wax or lacquer, all will benefit from some maintenance applied to it. And this is quite simple, splash some polish on the floor and gently spread it out with a cloth, using s Swiffer type of tool will make it even easier (using a dry cloth underneath!).
You wooden floor will gladly absorb the moisturising polish and start shining again, becoming that lovely and beautiful floor covering it was in the beginning.
So, get out the cleaning and maintenance gear and watch your wooden floor "smile" again , it will always reward you for the smallest pampering you give it. And remember, a happy floor is a long lasting floor.
In our secure webshop you will find all the products you need, from a wash to a polish and a wax.
Winter is here!
'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.
"Wood You Like" to profit from our Anniversary?
"Wood You Like" to known more about maintaining your wooden floor the correct - and easieste- way?
"Wood You Like" to discover if your wooden floor canon be restored withouw sanding?
We can go on and on with this wordplay, but we also think you first want to hear the answers to the questions above, so here goes:
This year we celebrate our 15th Anniversary and we invite you to join us at the party: get your discount code in this article, learn more about maintenance her e and discover if you canca restore without sanding on this page
As ever, Wood You Like: your first and foremost advisor on everything relating to quality wooden floors - at your service!
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In the 15 years Wood You Like is trading we have listed a large number of case-studies - the following dates from 2011 - first on our FAQ-blog - later republished in 2014 on this site:
DIY-ers come in all shapes and forms and ages.
Mrs M. Lewis, a grandmother from Swansea, decided in June it was high time to restore the original parquet floor in her house. Gaining knowledge about the steps to take from the "7 Easy Steps to Restore/Repair your Parquet Floor" she became confident she could do all the works herself.
When she first contacted us, the hardest part - sanding the old finish off - was already done. She just needed to know which finish would be best for her tropical floor and we advised to use the "tropical combo" from Saicos.
Saicos doesn't call the combination of the two oil products this way, we baptised it ourselves last year when we had to look for an alternative for the thin oil (Euku oil 1) which, due to VOC regulations, was not longer being produced. Our own experience with Saicos Colour Wax Clear extra thin, followed by one coat of Saicos Premium HardWaxOil (or in lesser traffic areas with Saicos Wax-Polish) proved to us it was a very worthy if not better alternative.
(Side-note: Saicos' Colour Wax products are a thin oil and not - as the name suggests - a wax).
Tropical wood species are oily of themselves, which, when applying HardWaxOil as first coat, can result in patchy areas when the oil in the HWO can not penetrate the wood enough before the wax part of the HWO starts doing its work. Therefore it is better to apply a thin - single - oil first, which can do its work to penetrate the wood for long term protection undisturbed, followed by one coat of HardWaxOil.
This week Mrs Lewis called us again with high praise for the "Tropical Combo".
"And it is so hardwearing! I don't have to worry about the floor when my grand children visit, it doesn't show anything at all."
One worry she did have after applying the Colour Wax Clear was the fact it seemed to dry up a bit dull, not what she had expected. But after applying the coat of HardWaxOil the sheen of the original tropical floor showed up, dissolving her fear she had not applied the first coat correctly.
"You should explain this better in your guide! You know how people are uncertain about these things, doing this for a first time, and telling them upfront what to expect takes away these uncertanties."
Point taken, Mrs Lewis.
The reason Mrs Lewis called us was one little area of the restored floor stayed dull, she thought it might have had something to do with sanding this particular area more than others - closing the grain. Should she apply a second coat of HardWaxOil there?
In these cases we recommend to treat the spot with wax or wax-polish first, 9 times out of 10 this solves the dullness and it rather quickly to do.
(Side-note: one of the advantages of using HardWaxOil over varnish/lacquer is the fact you can "repair" small areas locally without having to sand down the whole floor again. Varnish/lacquer applied only on a small area can result in a patchy appearance when new finish overlaps with old finish, this will not show when you use HWO.)
Now she experienced the great result of her first floor restoring project Mrs Lewis has changed her mind about buying new rugs to put on the floors of the bedrooms, covering the original parquet in there.
"They are too beautiful to stay covered up really and now I know how well and simple your Tropical Combo products work I'm more than confident I can bring back their grandeur too."
Who are we to argue?
In our secure webshop you will find everything you need to repair/restore your own original parquet floor too.
Way before we at Wood You Like started with the blogplatform we are still using, the first post was created and (still) hosted on Blogger.
It details a case-study by hand of our many DIY customers:
Case-study: Duoplank on Underfloor Heating
As self-builders, we are very involved in specifying the materials used in our house. We wanted the look and feel of real oak planks but without too many of the difficulties associated with the shrinkage of natural oak. We quickly identified the Duoplank product through its UK distributor Wood-You-Like in Kent. This is an Engineered Board made with a wide top solid layer of natural oak and a high-quality birch ply substrate, critical to us because we were installing on concrete with UFH embedded in the floor.
We visited the showroom near Ashford and received plenty of good advice from thecompany and felt we were dealing with people who actually installed the product, as well as supply them.
From the wide range of oak qualities available we selected the 'Rustic' range as being closest to the effect we sought to create in our new-build, which is a Georgian-style farmhouse of brick and tile exterior.
Installing the product was easier than we expected, the longest task being the selecting and cutting of the planks. As we tackled each room, we initially placed them in position 'dry' on the floor to check for colour-match and fit. The planks slot together using a tongue-and-groove formation. The Duoplank manufacturer had taken care to chamfer the bottom edges of the planking, avoiding any chance of surplus glue seeping into the tongue-and-grooves. We used a chop-saw to cut each edging plank to length. This made light work of the cutting task; the engineered product seems as dense as working with solid oak. We glued the rows of board to the floor, three or four at a time. ........
Read the whole store here at the old Blogger site
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