"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!
11 days left on the discount code for 15% discount on all your orders - during January - in our secure webshop! In February it drops to a lower discount!
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
This recap is part of our 15th Anniversary - share in the fun of our birthday and get 15% discount on your next order in our secure webshop using code WYL15YRS during checkout!
A very happy New Year to all of our clients, we at Wood You Like wish you and your loved ones good health and a prosperous 2018.
This year we want to celebrate our 15th anniversary without you. Time seems to have flown and we often wonder were all the years have gone?? It feels like only yesterday we started our specialised wooden flooring company from our home in Charing Kent, or only yesterday we opened our showroom in the same village - but that really happened twelve years ago! Where has all that time in between gone?
Oh well, lets just start the "party" and we'll reminisce in a future blogpost about all our - and perhaps your - adventures.
This Anniversary year starts off with a celebration discount of 15% - yes, you read this correctly, 15% ! - on orders in our secure webshop, you can find the discount code on our "Fans Only Offers" (or on the infopage) page on Facebook, which details everything you need to know about this special offer.
Another year is almost at its end, that means the holiday season is upon us!
Have you prepared your home already for Christmas or your New Years party? Then you are set and ready for all things to come.
And happy things are coming your (and our) way: in 2018 Wood You Like will celebrate its 15th birthday! Oh happy days!
So keep your eyes out for special celebration offers and spectacular discounts all year round! In the mean time, have a lovely holiday time and we'll see you bright and happy next year!
It's definitely December: cold, wet and windy with a sniff of snow in the air? Although it is only the beginning of the month, preparing for the festivities of the end of the month cannot start early enough!
I'm not talking about a special decorated tree - commonly know an the Christmas tree - I'm more talking about how the prepare your wonderful and beautiful wooden floor for all things to come - to it, on it etc.
No matter if your whole family comes over, or it'll be just you and a few loved ones, your floor needs to be in top condition. To shine, to sparkle and to be easily cleaned of the expected spillages without leaving a stain.
Give your floor a pre-Christmas maintenance, wash all grime and dirt from the Autumn - if there is any - off with Saicos Wash-care and treat it afterwards with a revitalising polish. We even renamed the EcoLine floor-care set (containing everything you need in one box) as "The Pre-Christmas Floor Care Set" for your conveniences.
Your floor - and your guests - will love you for it!
And in case of emergencies during the festivities - 'cause we all know beverages and perhaps even parts of the Christmas or New-Year dinner will get spilled on the floor - we added a set of polishing pads to the very easy to use Saicos EcoLine Wax-Care Spray. so you can grab the spray and simply polish the stain off your floor without disturbing your feast with a lot of upheaval. Spray and wipe is all that is needed!
So, have a very relaxed time with your beautiful wooden floor!
Most questions we receive start with:
"What's best for....?"
followed by their finish type or problem they have.
Therefor we listing below a whole lot of our answers to the faq:
- Maintaining my oiled floor:
- two of the best products in one box: Saicos EcoLine Care Set Box
- Maintaining my lacquered floor:
- Thoroughly clean a poor looking wooden floor - no matter what finish:
- Saicos EcoLine Magic Cleanser - might even save you from having to sand the floor down
- Restoring my old parquet floor:
- it depends on the wood-species, check out our special page on the secure webshop all about restoring any wooden floor
- Treating an new - or sanded - Oak floor
- Saicos Premium HardWaxOil - available in 5 sheens
- Treating a new - or sanded - tropical wood floor
- Finish in one day with the special "Tropical Combo" (2 Saicos oil products)
- Prevent my pine floor from turning orange:
- start with Saicos Colour Wax (Single Oil) colour Oak - followed by one coat of Premium HardWaxOil
- I want to know more about maintaining my wooden floor and only find different opinions/views online:
- our "Ultimate Maintenance Guide" will tell you everything you need to know, ever
- I think I need to sand down my wooden floor, what are the steps to follow:
- You'll find the 7 easy steps in our special guide on repairing/restoring your wooden floor
Well, this covers most of the frequently asked questions. Have a questions of your own - which isn't listed above - use the ?Help button you'll find at the bottom of every page of our website
When you have UnderFloor Heating (UFH) you should prepare your wooden floor for the arrival of real Autumn/Winter period now, before the true 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 moisteriser) 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.
Remember the last post - about a new client being as happy as Larry, due to our advice? That resulted in a lovely email from another new client:
"Thank heaven for your recent post! My partner and I bought an old schoolhouse, complete with this old-fashion oak mosaic floor. The plan was to restore this by sanding and then applying a new finish, only to discover that sanding was definitely out of the question once we found out the old caretakers had applied wax on it year after year after year! - We did try a small part of the floor with a sander, but that turned out an absolute nightmare, we seemed to spread the old wax - warmed by the sanding paper - everywhere!
I was really about to chuck the whole floor in - or out in this case - when I stumbled upon your post. Like your other client, I do not have time - or desire - to go on my hands and knees every month to maintain this lovely floor. So imagine how happy I was reading about this simple method to keep my waxed floor still beautiful and lovely as it is."
Glad - again - to have been of service!
We recently received a call for help from a new home owner, she had bought a lovely home from an elderly couple who'd moved to a smaller house. The one item she really loved, and clinged the deal, was the tropical herringbone floor in the living area.
But now she'd encountered a problem, the floor was not a varnished one as she'd expected - having discovered an open tin of old-fashion wax in one of the cupboards. She told me she really didn't have time to go on her hand and knees every month to apply the wax. Could she not just sand the whole floor, varnish it and be done with it?
I had to disappoint her: contrary to common belief a varnished floor also needs regular maintenance to keep it healthy and beautiful, but the main issue here was the fact that an waxed floor - no matter if you sand it thoroughly - will not take any varnish or lacquer, it will simply flake off.
But.... maintaining an oiled or wax floor no longer requires hand and knees work, that's something from the olden days. With modern care products it is as simple as taking a walk in the park. Specially with the wax-care spray it will only take you 10 to 15 minutes tops! And is only needed every 5 to 6 months!
The lady, still rather reluctantly, ordered one spray and, surprise surprise, called back a week later to tell me she's as happy as Larry. The floor looks lovely without any hard labour - it worked right as I told her.
Glad to gave been of service! And the old tin of wax? That was given to a neighbour who owned an antique furniture shop. They are as happy as Larry too!
A worried lady called us with the following story:
In her kitchen an Oak floor had been installed (wood-engineered) and, as can happen in areas where cooking is done, in front of the cooker splashes of grease had marked to floor. Knowing how well ammonium can cut through grease she'd used some on a cloth and rubbed away the solidified grease stain.
Only to discover a few hours later the Oak in the treated spot had turned a shade darker than the surrounding area!
Oak and Ammonium - think old cow sheds
(Image from Farming in France blog)
Oak contains tannic acid and, when exposed to ammonium, this acid reacts and becomes darker. It's natural reaction, just think of old cow-sheds, barns or old train cattle wagons.
Original Oak from any place where cattle has been for a long while is well known for its very dark colouring. Trying to sand the beams or boards bare to expose the blond wood again is very difficult to do, because years and years of being "exposed" to cattle with their wee, containing ammonium, this natural discolouration has penetrated deeply in the wood, not just stained the surface.
This natural process is still being used (in controlled and safe circumstances - SO DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!) to produce "smoked" Oak. Mostly done in air-thight chambers in a factory, exposing untreated Oak to ammonium vapours for hours. The amount of tannic acid in the Oak, combined with more or less time in this "smoking chamber" determines the natural darkness of the boards.
Another name for this process is "fumed" Oak (from the French word fumé).
In the "olden days" some exceptional specialist floor companies did "smoke on site", using very strong ammonium in a bare room, sealing off all doors, windows etc. Any draft coming in to the room while this "not suitable for human exposure" was in process would affect the result. And nothing else in the room could be made of Oak, it would get darker too. So, once again: DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME!
Note: some wood floors are incorrectly branded - excuse the pun - as smoked or fumed and only have been treated/stained with a colour to resemble this natural effect. The way to find out is to check if the colouring is only "skin-deep" - not even 1mm in the wood - or truly in the wood, at least 1 - 2 mm deep.
Would spilling cleaning ammonium colour my Oak floor too?
No, not that easily - IF the wood floor has been maintained regularly to keep the wear and tear layer in proper condition.
The floor in question had not been maintained for a year, and because the area in front of the cooker had had the most "traffic", the protective finish was rather reduced, enabling the ammonium to react with the "bare" wood.
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.
And don't forget the various guides we created especially for you:
There are two different types of floorboards: softwood and hardwood. Pine boards are the most frequently found in 'modern' homes. You can of course re-sand them, but that won't reduce the ease with which dents and small damages appear.
If you accept this 'softwood' fact then there's nothing to stop your re-sanding the old existing pine boards in your home.
There is however one more thing to be aware of: where Oak matures into its characteristic Honey Colour, Pine tends to mature into orange - sometimes quite ugly orange too!
Applying a coloured Oil instead of a natural finish will often prevent this from happening. The colour most used for this is the "Colour Wax Oak", either one or two coats. always followed by a last coat natural HardWaxOil. For your conveniences we've already paired the two products together as "Restoration Pack Pine"
So instead of a nicely restored, but turning orange quit quickly, floor you end up with a nicely restored 'golden' brown floor - which could give you years and years of value. Do remember to apply a suitable maintenance product to it once every 5 - 6 months to keep your floor healthy and beautiful.
There are wood species and there are wood species. The best known and most common/popular in wooden flooring is still Oak Rustic, showing its full natural character. Often stained - unfortunately, why would you disguise nature's own beautiful colours?
Nature's own variety
A few years ago we were asked to sand down and renovate an original parquet floor near Kent's coast. The home owners wanted the existing dark stain removed from their herringbone floor and bring back it's original Oak - so they thought - character.
When we arrived on site it was immediately clear that hiding beneath the dark and knackered varnish layer lay not an Oak floor, but one of nature's most versatile in colour spectrum tropical wood species: Iroko (Kambala).
Iroko (Milicia excelsa) grows in tropical Africa as 50 - 60 meter high straight and often branchless tree, with an 1upto 2.5 meter wide trunk.
The wood sources from this tree various from butter yellow to golden brown, from soft pearly green to brownish red. The grain is often straight, but can have a slight wave. It contains a substance that dissolves in organic solvents which increases the drying time of varnishes/lacquers finishes.
On this particular floor - as we advice to do on all tropical wood-species - we applied one coat of Saicos Ground Oil Extra Thin for long term protection. The oil is applied very thinly and then spread out evenly with none-fluffy cloth underneath the professional buffing machine.
After this has dried, the floor is finished with polishing wax, an old-fashion but very, if not the most, effective method to create the wear and tear layer.
The professional buffing machine above works in the polishing wax, leaving a satin to shiny and non-slippery finish, bringing the wood's own character fully to life!
The end result: gone is the darkening and scruffy lacquer finish. The restoration-works fully exposed this Iroko/Kambala natural full and versatile character.
Wondering what your own original parquet floor is hiding beneath its old finish? Read this guide and who knows? Your floor might be an even bigger treasure than you think.