Maintain your floor

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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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:

Newreclaimed

 

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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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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

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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