Fitting and Finishing

Carpet???

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Sometimes we are truly baffled by a question:

Hi, I'm going to lay an oak wood-engineered  flooring in my hallway. I have a carpet down at the moment, which is not very thick, but has quite a smooth texture. Would I be able to lay laminate over it, and it could be used as an underlay for the wood floor?

Answer:
BugsI'm afraid the answer is NO. You should never use carpet, or old carpet underlay, underneath a hard floor covering. Not only is it a different type of "underlayment" to that which you should use when installing wooden or laminate flooring, just think of all the little bugs, house mites, etc., still in the carpet or carpet underlayment. No matter how well or often you vacuum clean, they will still be there! Bugs and house mites love warm and humid conditions - so you'd be creating the perfect breeding circumstances for them.

Remove carpet and carpet underlayment, vacuum clean the bare underfloor thoroughly, and use proper underlayment especially made for wooden or laminated flooring. This will give you the best results.

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Now we always answer the question, no matter how baffled we are. We know wood-flooring, its installation, finishing and caring for have others baffled too, we are here to inform and advice everyone. Have a question yourself - use the ?help button at the bottom of every page.

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Do I use this after that?

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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An unfinished finish

A wooden floor is a beautiful and natural floor covering, with its lustre and shine. But not everyone appreciates its shine - due to the applied finish.

"I've just sanded down my Oak floor and I now love the colour, or the lack of it, the wood has now. How can I keep this (lack of) colour?"

"I know I have to finish my floor to protect it against dirt and stains etc, but finishing will give the wood a certain colour which I do not like that much. How can I...... etc"

As one of the persons asking the question already indicated, you'll have to finish your wooden floor after sanding (or if you purchased an unfinished floor) or you'll quickly end up with a dirty floor and stains that could be hard to remove. 

There is however a solution to keep your floor looking rather unfinished, using Saicos Premium HardWaxOil PURE. This is one of the sheens available which will give your floor the impression it is still unfinished while giving it also the normal protection the HardWaxOil finish will give it.

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The left part is finished with Pure, the right part with a normal sheen

(The Pure will give this impression for a long time, but nature will catch up eventually).

Remember, every wooden floor loves a maintenance polish every 5 -6 months. The Pure finish will come back unfinished once the polish has dried.

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Pre-Summer Draw - enter now

Over time Wood You Like has introduced various draws, for instances for the best DIY-er per month or when participating in one of our surveys. This time, every order counts towards the

PRE-SUMMER DRAW

Pre-Summer-Draw

Every order counts, as long as you place it between now (20.05.17) and the end of June (so before 01.07.17). 

On the first of July we will draw 5 lucky winners who all will receive a tremendous information pack (with a total value of over £ 30.00: Wooden Floor Installation Manuel (E-guide), The Ultimate Maintenance Guide, 7 Easy Steps to Repair/Restore your Parquet Floor and Buying Guide for Wooden Floors) PLUS for one of these five lucky winners we will refund the purchase price (excluding delivery charges) of the order drawn.

Place you order now and you might win the "Win-Back-your-Purchase-Price-Prize"!

As said above, all orders, no matter their total amount or type of product purchased, will be entered into the Pre-Summer Draw. Your order must be placed (and paid for) between 20.05.2017 and 30.06.2017 to be a valid entry. That is the only requirement, we can't make it any simpler!

The 5 winners of this Pre-Summer Draw will receive an email, containing the information pack, in the first full week of July 2017, the winner of the "Win-Back-your-Purchase-Price-Prize" will be refunded the purchase price (excluding delivery charges) before Saturday 08.07.17

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Part tropical, part Oak - now what?

Recently we received the following question (if you have a question of your own, simply use the ?Help button at the bottom of every page):

Hi there, I've just installed a reclaimed mosaic floor and am now stuck on what to do next. Part of the wood is tropical and part of the wood is Oak. How do I finish this the best way? Some tell me I should not use the same oil on the Oak as I plan to use on the tropical, is this so?

Well, "some" are partly right, tropical wood-species are oily of themselves and applying a HardWaxOil might give problems. The oil in the HWO will not penetrate the wood in the same way (or time) it does on blond wood-species, such as Oak, and could end up in a patchy result. Your best bet would be to use the thin oil, specially made for the first coat on tropical species, also as the first coat on the Oak - especially handy when both species are installed rather mixed, as can happen with reclaimed floors.

The thin oil will do its job perfectly on both the tropical and the Oak. Then, although on tropical one coat of hardwaxoil would suffice, it does not harm the wood if you also apply two coats of HardWaxOil normally done on the Oak wood. For your benefit, and for others too of course, we have combined Saicos Clean thin Oil and Saicos HardWaxOil in one product: The Tropical Combo, available in both 0.75 ltr tins as in 2.5 ltr tins.

5 different wood-species in one floor

(Own example of mixed species in one floor, in this case we discovered 5! different species)

applying the tropical combo on the different wood-species
(After applying the two products as mentioned above, this was the beautiful end result)

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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.

Easymaintenance

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:

Newreclaimed

 

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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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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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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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Small Talk

Below you'll find some of the (very) short questions we also receive through our ?Help desk.

HelpDesk1Have a question yourself (long or short, doesn't matter) use the ?Help button on the right-hand corner at the bottom of every page. First time you use this service? Keep an eye out for the confirmation email and click the link, otherwise we'll never see your question.

So, here we go: small talk.

Buffingblock: Is this item no longer available in the UK? Thank you.

Not sure, but since we were a long time the only sellers I do think so - our supplier has (unfortunately) discontinued this product

I'm interested in the coloured waxes for untreated furniture.

The classic oils will be wonderful on any unfinished wooden furniture. The wood needs to be grease free and dry.  All you need to do is pick your favourite colour

Can you recommend a filler that i can purchase from a shop such as homebase, b&q, wickes or screwfix?

Why? Is the product we sell not good enough for you?

hi there - just wondering what the difference is between the Wax Ecoline spray and the wax polish, both by Saicos? Many thanks

Main difference: polish can only be used on oiled/waxed floors, spray can be used on any finish.

Help! My husband spilled some varnish (the sort of hard clear stuff used for craft projects) onto the parquet floor. How can I get it off?

Let it dry completely, then remove as much as you can with white-spirit. Afterwards treat the floor with wax polish

I'm going to belt sand our "5 fingered parquet" kitchen floor. It is not a big floor space but it's looking a bit patchy and faded in parts.  Can you advise the best grit belts to use?

You could start with grit 60, if that doesn't get rid of all the finish, use grit 40.
For the second sanding round, use grit 80 and then, depending on the finish you planned, use grit 120 for third sanding if you finish with oil - don't go above this grit for oil/wax finish - or 150 if you plan to varnish/lacquer the floor

going to renovate 60`s parquet flooring, should i fill the gaps with the saw dust and resin or will this crack and look worse?

Only fill if you sand the floor - use the saw-dust of the second sanding and with the third sanding you can remove the excess filler

My floor was laid a few months ago now I have gaps. It is an 18mm solid oak wood that was floated on a fibreboard underlay by glueing the tongue and grove what can I to rectify this issue.

Installed before Winter? Wait until Spring really gets going, the central heating is turned down and the humidity increases.

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Small packs of mosaic

Oak 5-finger mosaic rediscovered in lounger Frequently used in bungalows - and of course other types of homes - during the 50's upto the early 90's, the 5-finger solid wood mosaic floors are a common sight.

And nowadays very often a common and pleasant discovery by the new owners of the house when ripping out the wall-to-wall carpet or vinyl that had been installed over it - perhaps even many years ago.

Restoring or adding mosaic floors

A design parquet floor, and a mosaic floor is definitely a design parquet floor, is a valuable floor covering to have/to discover you have. Sturdy, beautiful and most often than not, adding value to your home. Plus of course, very easy to keep clean.

We have two guides for you in regards of repairing/restoring your mosiac floor:

  1. Restore without sanding, a free guide
  2. 7 easy steps to repair your parquet floor
 
Plus, if you are in need to find missing mosaic parts, we have two wood-species in small packages for you: Oak and Mahogany, both in 2.304 sq meter quantities. Do note these are in metric sizes where your old mosaic might be in imperial sizes.
 
Finishing materials we have too: see the almost unlimited choice in Saicos eco-friendly oils here, and to keep your (re)discovered parquet floor beautiful and healthy for a long time check out all the maintenance products we have for you.
 
Happy restoring!
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You can't help colours fading, or can you?

SunlightraysWood, a product of nature, matures over time. This means, due to exposure of light, your wooden floor changes colour, sometimes also called "fading of the original colour".

For instance, Oak - pale blond when new - will get its characteristic honey/yellow colouring when treated with a natural finish. This normally takes between 1.5 - 2 years.

Tropical species on the other hand will rather rapidly turn much darker than when brand new, between 2 - 6 months.

All this due to exposure of light, be it sunlight or artificial light. Nothing will stop this, although.....

Some areas of my herringbone muhuhu parquet floor have faded where they have been covered with carpet; can the colour be made uniform without sanding?

Covering up part of your floor by placing carpets will give a very interesting effect, the covered part will keep its original colour way longer than the exposed part. You can easily compare this with pictures on a wallpapered wall, behind the picture the colour of the wallpaper will be more like it was in the beginning than the surrounding exposed areas. 

For answering the above question we advised to give it time, the unexposed part of the parquet will fade in with the rest of the floor as soon as you remove the carpet, sanding will not hurry things along.

There is one thing you can do to enlarge the time it will take for your wood to mature. When it is brand new and bare, treat it with two coats of Saicos Premium HardWaxOil (for Oak, Tropical Combo for tropical species). This hardwaxoil contains fewer linseed oil than other brands and will not turn your wooden floor into its characteristic mature colouring as easy or as soon. Plus it is eco-friendly and quick to apply.

Enjoy the (changing) colours of your wooden floor! 

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