Being green

Once in a while we still receive questions from returning clients on one of the maintenance products we used to carry:

"I've purchased wax-polish StepStop in the past from you, but I don't see it listed in your webshop. "

The 'old' StepStop was one of the products from Dutch manufacturer Lecol/Leha, which we stopped selling after an argument with the English importer on the green credentials of this manufacturer - you can read the story of this episode in this blogpost (on Kiss-business II, the business blog from our hand).

We then searched and found a very good and high quality replacement, maintaining your floor just as easy and well, and with true green credentials: 

Saicos EcoLine Wax-Care polish and its sister EcoLine wax-care spray for lacquered or varnished floors, and even for oiled/wax floors.

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These products and the manufacturer  have never let us or our clients down, so if you are looking for high quality and green maintenance (or finishing) products, try the wide range of Saicos, the natural finish.

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Old or new reclaimed, choose wisely

Anyone who ever saw an old fashion parquet floor, battered by time, has been left in awe of it. So when you see an offer of old reclaimed parquet blocks, many are prone to jump on the offer and have it installed in their own home.

But be aware of the following:

  1. Reclaimed blocks with bitumenMost reclaimed blocks come with a thick layer of bitumen at the bottom - the bitumen was frequently used as an adhesive before this material was banned for such practice. This layer has to be
    removed before you install the blocks in your home, otherwise you only adhere the bitumen layer to the underfloor and when this old and smelly adhesive becomes brittle you are left with loose blocks.
    Now, removing such a layer of bitumen is hard to do. Best - and only if your reclaimed blocks are thick enough, say over 15mm - is to cut off the bottom part of the block, removing a thin layer of wood and the whole of the bitumen in one clean sweep. But this requires a lot of time and a specialised tool - and mind your fingers, you don't want to cut those off!
  2. Once you were able to remove the bitumen completely of the blocks you can install them, in a pattern you like. Then you have to finish the floor, but since the blocks are reclaimed they already have a (often damaged) finish on them. Do you know if it is a stain, of if varnish or oil was used? 
    Because many are in awe of the battered appearance to the reclaimed blocks, sanding it down to the bare wood will remove this authentic look. You'll be left with a lot of work and hardly anything to show for your labour, at least not the old fashioned battered reclaimed look you bought them for.

There are however reputable suppliers who have new "reclaimed" parquet blocks for you: battered for the old fashioned look without the above problems. They might be a bit more in price than real reclaimed blocks, but if you add the time, trouble and sometimes even the cost of removing the bitumen the new blocks often come out at the same or even lower price.

Often these news blocks come half-prefinished, so you only have to finish them, after you installed them, with a maintenance polish such as Saicos Wax-Care polish or Basin Aunt Poly's polishing wax for an even more authentic look. Others come unfinished, and you have to be carefully installing them to prevent spillages and stains of the modern adhesive, and can be finished with for instance Saicos HardWaxOil.

Who knows, you might end up with a grand new reclaimed floor such as the one below:

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It's sum sum summer time

Well, British Summer Time is on the clocks again and (in parts) it has been a lovely week weather wise. No doubt - if you have one - your underfloor heating system will be set lower and lower, which means:

SpringcleanMaintenance time!

During the heating season(s) your wooden floor has been nice and warm underneath your feet, but has also dried out. Since it is never recommended to apply maintenance polish on a warm floor, now is the time to reward your wooden floor for keeping you warm and cosy.

We highly recommend you apply a nice and new coat of maintenance polish:

Your wooden floor will love you for it!

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Should I...

In the last post we mentioned we receive a lot of questions in regards of maintaining/restoring and repairing wooden floors. Like this one, we received this week:

I have just uncovered a parquet floor. It looks like a pale mahogany and appears to have no finish on it. It was probably installed in the 1950's.
I was thinking of sanding to remove some unevenness and then coating with Saicos Hard Wax Oil. Should I apply Saicos Ground Oil first then the hard wax oil as per the data sheet? Or just apply hard wax oil as the video?

If you have the slightest doubt your wooden floor is not Oak or any of the other non-tropical species, you better use Saicos Ground Oil extra thin for the first coat, followed by one or two coats of Saicos HardWaxOil.

This way it will never cause problems while applying a first coat of HardWaxOil on a tropical wood-species can end up with a very patchy result. Tropical species are oily of themselves which prevents the HardWaxOil to penetrate the surface as it should. The Ground Oil is very thin and will not have this problem.

HardWaxOil can be used without any of problems on sanded Oak, it will give you the best result, Tropical should be treated with - what we have called - the Tropical Combo for the same fine result.

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If you have a question of your own in regards of your wooden floor, simply use the ?Help button you'll find at the bottom of every page on our website. If you use this service for the first time, do click on the link in the email you receive after you submitted your question otherwise it will not land in our inbox

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Infomania!

Over the many years Wood You Like has been in business (next 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:

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)

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Care/Repair - all you need in one "box"

When you are (re)searching products to care or repair your wooden floor, you could be forgiven for becoming overwhelmed by all the products available. Which one, or combination of products, would do everything you want it to do, AND is suitable for it?

Do I need an oil when my floor has been oiled before to bring back its lustre, do I need a cleaning product first and what wax or polish can I apply and how often? 
What products do I need when I only have to add a few blocks to our existing parquet floor, and want to sand and re-finish the whole area of flooring?

The list of questions can go on and on.

For this purpose we created so-called "all in one boxes" in our secure webshop, all the items you need for certain care and/or repair jobs.

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Such as:

Ecoline cleaning kit for all floor finishes

Intensive cleaning and repair kit for oiled floors

and Saicos Floor Care set.

And don't forget the various guides we created especially for you:

The Ultimate Maintenance Guide

and/or

Restore without Sanding

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Top 5 sellers 2016

We hope you enjoyed the first month of 2017. Here at Wood You Like we have been looking at the best sellers of last year and present to you the TOP 5:

5: Intensive Cleaning/Repair kit for oiled floors

Great for repairing little damages - down to the bare wood - of your oiled floor, contains the high quality magic cleanser and premium hardwaxoil to touch-up (small) areas where the finish has completely gone

4: Saicos Magic Cleanser

A great hardworking cleaner to remove old dirt and grain is the most natural way - ecofriendly product

3: Saicos Premium HardWaxOil

Finish your wooden (Oak) floor within one day, again ecofriendly and very, very easy to apply. 1 litre covers 22 sq meters in one coat or 13 sq meters in two coats

2: Saicos Wax-Care Spray

Maintains every wooden floor, no matter what finish it has. Keeps it healthy, beautiful and protected against dirt and drips

And on First Place: Ecoline Cleaning Kit for All Finishes

Combining 3 of Saicos Ecoline maintenance product, polishing pads and your own Maintenance Guide in one single order.

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Have a browse through all the 5 top sellers and see what they can do for your wooden floor! You can rely on Wood You Like to keep you stocked up with all the eco-friendly products for maintenance and finishing this whole year too!

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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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As simple as 1, 2, 3

Saicos HardWaxOilNothing frustrates people as much as "watching paint dry". When you want a job done, you want it done as quickly and as easy as possible.

Well, with Saicos Premium HardWaxOil you can finish your floor in just one day! Not waiting 8 hours per coat or having to sand between two coats or applying 4 or 5 coats. It's so quick and simple the video to show you how only takes 1 minute!

And once your floor has been quickly finished with Saicos Premium HardWaxOil, taking care of it is just as easy with all the high quality and eco-friendly maintenance products

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Short list 2

Having a wooden floor in your home is a beautiful and valuable  item. Taking care of it is easy, if you know how to. Therefore we've listed the most common questions and answers on this below:

(Re)finishing your floor.

Only apply an oil on a floor that has been sanded bare, or on an oiled floor that is badly in need of revitalising. NEVER apply a coat of oil on a lacquered/varnished floor without sanding it bare, otherwise you will create an Ice-Skating rink and we believe you do not want that type of winter fun in your home.

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On Oak floors, we still think a clear oil finish will bring out the true wonderful character of this great wood-species. Use Saicos Premium HardWaxOil (available in 5 sheens) and finish your floor in one day!

On Tropical w00d-species, use our Saicos Tropical Combo, which contains a very thin oil for the first coat and Premium HardWaxOil for the second and finishing coat. Because tropical species are oily of themselves, applying a hardwaxoil as first coat will take for ever to penetrate and dry, therefore use a thin oil first.

On pine floors, any clear finish will turn your floor ugly orange after a while. To prevent this, apply Saicos Colour Oil Oak as first coat (followed by one coat of hardwaxoil) to turn it into a non-orange and beautiful floor.

Not sure what the original colour of your floor is? Sand a part down, in an unobtrusive corner for instance and apply the "wet-finger" test (or use a tiny bit of water). This will reveal your floor's colour it will have after you apply a clear finish.

If you are restoring a wooden floor, have a look at the Restoration Packs we created especially for this task: one for Oak, one for Tropical and one for Pine floors.
Looking for information on how to restore your wooden floor best, we highly recommend you read this special page on the subject: 7 easy steps

Not sure if your floor needs total restoration including sanding? Simply check your floor with the points on this page: restoring without sanding.

Any further or other question you might have on oiling or restoring your floor, use the ?Help button at the bottom of the page (and if you are using this support option for the first time, look out for the first email and click the email-confirmation link. Only then will your question end up in our inbox!)

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Short list

MaintenanceGuideHaving a wooden floor in your home is a beautiful and valuable  item. Taking care of it is easy, if you know how to. Therefore we've listed the most common questions and answers on this below:

On varnished/lacquered floors, use Saicos EcoLine Wax-Care Spray for regular - every 4 -5 months - maintenance

On oiled/waxed floors, use Saicos EcoLine Wax-Care Polish or Aunt Poly's Polishing Wax for the best result in regular maintenance.

For regular cleaning on all floor finishes, use Saicos EcoLine Wash-care

For thorough cleaning - for instance when you discover a wooden floor underneath an old carpet - use Saicos Magic Cleanser

Want to read en know more about maintaining your wooden floor? The Ultimate Maintenance Guide is your thing

Next time we'll give you a short list on what to use when you need to (re)finish your wooden floor.

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When in doubt

Smiley-vraagtekenWe often receive questions from wood floor owners who do not exactly know what type of finish their floor is: varnished or oiled (lacquered or waxed).

We have just uncovered a parquet floor in our dining room, probably mahogany. It is in generally good condition with just a few small dark stains, but unfortunately also quite a lot of white paint splodges. It appears to be have been varnished but this is not at all flaky. We are planning to sand it lightly to remove paint and lighten it. Can we then just apply ecoline wax care? Or do we have to revarnish.
I would be grateful for your advice on the best treatment, thank you

When in doubt and in need to replenish your wooden floor it is always best to use Saicos EcoLine Wax-Care SPRAY, because this product suits all types of finishes.
The wax-care (polish) in only suitable for oiled/waxed floors and will not be properly absorbed by floors with other finishes, meaning you could end up with a very streaky AND slippery floor!

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It's that time of the year again

BewolktAfter a few months of great high temperatures, October  brought rain, wind and fog: Autumn definitely seems to be on its way. 

When you have UnderFloor Heating (UFH) you should prepare your wooden floor for the coming Winter period now, before the real heating season starts. UFH tends to dry out the wood a bit more than on average, so treating your floor with a maintenance polish (like a moisturiser) will keep it in good health and beautiful over the colder times of the year.

It's never a good idea to apply a polish on a warm wooden surface, this can create patches of too quickly dried polish, therefore treat your wooden floor during a "sunny" day these coming weeks, before the UFH is switched on to higher levels.

To know even more about maintaining your wooden floor, have a look at the "Ultmate Maintenance Guide" - filled with practical tips and advice and includes videos showing you how to wash and wax.

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