Celebrate with us!

In 2018 we are celebrating our 15th! anniversary - with a counting down discount code for all of our fans:

15yearstill 31.01.2018 you'll get 15% discount with code WYL15YRS
till 28.02.2018 it counts down to 14% with code WYL15FEB
till 31.03.18 it's 13% with code WYL15MAR
till 30.04.18 12% with code WYL15APR
till 31.05.18 11% with code WYL15MAY
till 30.06.18 10% with code WYL15JUN
till 31.07.18 9% with code WYL15JUL
till 31.08.18 8% with code WYL15AUG
till 30.09.18 7% with code WYL15SEP
till 31.10.18 6% with code WYL15OCT
till 30.11.18 5% with code WYL15NOV
till 31.12.18 it ends with 4% discount with the final code WYL15DEC

Use the above codes for every order over £ 25.00 you place!

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Last month of Wood You Like's 15th anniversary!

image from woodyoulike.typepad.comYou might have guessed it already, this month - December 2018 - is the last month of our 15th Anniversary celebrations. And what a year it has been, and we're not just talking about the glorious summer weather we had month on month!

This last month you can still take advantage of the Annivesary discount, now standing at 4%.

In the New Year it will revert back to the normal discount of 2,5% - if you are a Facebook fan of our company too, you know where you can find the new code for 2019.

If not, Like our Facebook page now so you too will receive our discounts when you order your products for your wooden floor online in our secure webshop!

 

 

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It's Magic!

Perhaps you know all about Wash and Go - using Saicos Wash-Care for fortnightly cleaning which does not leave your floor dull as a result, as we explained in an earlier post this month.

In the event you hadn't cleaned your wooden floor for a long time, or you've just inherited an old original wooden floor from the previous owner of your home which is in dire need of a thorough cleaning to show you what the floor really looks like, Saicos has also a "Magical" product:

Saicos EcoLine Magic Cleanser

Simply dilute the product in water and soak your floor with it - but do not leave it longer than 15 - 20 minutes! Then remove the water and the dirt from your floor with non fluffy cloth. Your floor will look brand new!

The result after cleaning with Saicos Magic Cleanser

Nothing cleans better and more ecofriendly then Saicos Ecoline Magic Cleanser, so order your can today!

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Wash and Go!

The above sounds like a commercial for shampoo, doesn't it? Still, it is in a twisted way true, but not to wash your hair.

We often are asked what to do with a very dull floor. When we try to establish why this wooden floor has become dull most tell us they wash the floor two or three times a month, or even more often. Now, washing your wooden floor can cause all sorts of problems if you don't take care;

  • never use too much water
  • never leave water to stand on the floor for longer than a few minutes
  • and never ever use a cleaning product diluted in the water that'll harm the floor or the coating of your floor. "Fairy" washing up liquid should only be used on your dishes, never on a wooden floor because it will remove the protective coating and make your floor dull and prone to take on stains after drips.

So, why the title of this article still mentions Wash & Go?

Wash-Care by SaicosSimple: Saicos Wash-care is a very specific cleaning product for wooden floors, no matter how they are finished (oiled/waxed or lacquered/varnished). Diluted in water it will not harm your floor (as long as you don't through a complete bucket of water with wash-care over it!). This is because the eco-friendly product contains a little bit of liquid wax that'll feed the protective layer of your wooden floor, once it is dried it does not make your floor dull. And of course, it cleans off dirt!

So, Saicos Wash-Care can be used every fortnight without a problem and helps you keep your wooden floor healthy and beautiful. Once every 5 - 6 months your floor does require a maintenance polish, such as Saicos Wax-Care or Aunt Polly's polishing Wax.

Happy cleaning, without making your wooden floor utterly dull. Simply Wash and Go.

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Wood oils for other items than a floor

A while ago we received the following question 

"I am having new stair spindles, handrail and base rail. I would like to use oil to stain it light oak. 
What is the best method and materials to do this?"

Our answer:

We have various colour oils (thin oils): 
Make sure the wood is clean and grease free (and dry), then apply one coat - with a brush or non-fluffy cloth. If needed you can apply a second coat (after 8 hours drying time)

 

Saicos Colorwachs 2,5
Thin oil in many colours, for all unfinished furniture too

The oil we mentioned is - strangely enough - Colour Wax Classic. It is truly a thin oil, and so very easy to apply. On unfinished wood it takes only one coat in the stain of your choice to give it a completely different look.

And there are 16 colour to choose from!

Not just stair furniture, but all kinds of (unfinished) wooden furniture can be treated with Saicos Colour Wax - it's turning into a real craze in The Netherlands to "personalise" Ikea wooden furniture. Some even sand down a pre-finished piece of furniture to add their own colour. Or, as they call it, to "pimp" it up.

Various examples of this new trend can be found online, just search 
"pimp Ikea furniture" or follow this link for an enormous quantity of pictures. And of course, this applies to all kind of wooden furniture, not just from our Scandinavian "friends".

As with all Saicos products, this one is easy to apply with a brush or a non-fluffy cloth. Plus it is made of natural ingredients - so eco-friendly too.

Go on, have a "splash"

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The Do's and Don'ts this coming season

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!

Ecoline Wash Care

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.

Ecoline Wax Care Spray 

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.

MaintenanceGuide

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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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Restore the floor

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, 

Phipps1

Very nice floor! Definitely worth restoring. If I was you I would sand the floor lightly to remove the varnish - or if oiled the dirt gathered over the years, happens to every floor - and then apply a clear oil finish. My guess is it is a mix of wood species or at least mainly tropical so I would go for the tropical combo
http://www.woodyoulike.co.uk/webshop.html#!/Restoration-Pack-Tropical/p/2188285/category=594165

 

Hope this helps

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It's Summer time!

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.

Ecoline Pflegewachs Spray 1 GBA 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!

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Q and A's

This month we received various questions :

Hi

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.

Many Thanks

Our answer : 

Removing varnish without sanding might be impossible, but you could try a thorough cleaning and then applying polish.
Have a look here. 

EcolineAnother question :

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 

Our answer 

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.

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Special Jubilee Offer

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.

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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. 

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We need your help, tell us what you want to know

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

Wood You Like helpdeks on wooden flooringSome, 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"

To which we answered: 

"Osmo tends to colour the wood yellow much earlier than the hwo we always use: Saicos Hardwaxoil, available in 5 different sheens:.This product also dries much quicker than the Osmo
Hope this helps"

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 .

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Question on wooden flooring, on maintenance or anything else? Wood You Like has the answer

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:

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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2nd try, Spring is slowly approaching

Sun is comingLast 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.

EasymaintenanceNo 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.

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We spoke too early, Winter is still here!

Winter is here!

Gritting, Wood You Like floor maintenanceIn our latest newsletter we already mentioned that Spring was on its way, but that turned out to be wishfull thinking!  So, we have to repeat our wintertips once again.

'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.
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