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August 2011

Rather tired and in need of revitalisation parquet floor

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Old wear pattern is now a "feature"of the floor

Question:

Hello, we have a parquet floor in our hallway that was sanded and varnished 10/12 years ago and is now rather tired and in need of revitalisation, especially since we have rearranged the furniture and the old wear pattern is now a "feature"of the floor.

Obviously we could just sand it down and do the same again, but I would like to know whether we could apply a wax finish instead once we have stripped it back - it is a 1950s house and I think the flooring is oak; I am planning on doing the job myself, but would appreciate some expert guidance as to whether a change of finish will produce good (or hopefully even better!) results.

Many thanks, Sandra A

The 7 Steps

Hi Sandra

Thank you for your question. We are "oil" people ourselves and know from experience an HardWaxOil finish will bring out your floor's character much better than varnish, plus will be easier to keep beautiful without too much trouble.
Have you read through our 7 Easy Steps?:

What materials?

Yes, I have read the Easy Steps - I think I would probably join in on step 5 as our floor is perfectly sound, just worn.
I really wanted to check that the varnish can be sufficiently removed by sanding and that it hasn't penetrated deep down in the wood in a way that would stop oil soaking in should we decide to change the finish. It as a relatively small area - about 14 sq m - what tools and materials (apart from hiring sanders) would you recommend we use?

Recommended products

Saicos HardWaxOil and Wax-care with simple polish/hwo applicator

Varnish can normally be sanded off rather easy - you could even decide to start with grit 80 instead of 40. Try this out, it will save you time and sanding belts.

Saicos HardWaxOil is a very good product, and comes in 4 sheens (Satin-mat the most popular one still)

To apply the two coats of HWO you can use our polish applicator

If there are obvious gaps between individual blocks you could decide to fill these, using a wood-filler:

Hope this helps?


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Saicos Colour Wax Classic - Essential for wood in living areas

Saicos Colour Wax Classic, natural finish for wooden flooring and furniture

Natural finish, based on vegatable oils and waxes, for all interior wood:

  • coloured ground coat for wooden and cork floors - to be finished with SAICOS HARDWAX-OIL
  • wall and ceiling panelling
  • doors
  • mouldings
  • furniture (excellent for furniture restoration)

SAICOS COLOUR WAX CLASSIC is available colourless as well as in the natural shades of the most frequently used wood species - plus some differing colour shades which - with also one coat only - will make the treated wood look like “naturally grown coloured“. This offers a great variety of designs, not only for furniture and panellings, but also for wooden floors.
The colourshade White is available “transparent“ and “opaque“.

All available colours in the Saicos Colour Wax Classic Range

Drying approx. 8 hrs (depending on temperature and air humidity).
Dust-dry after approx. 4 hrs.

After treatment on wooden floors, apply one coat of the quick drying Saicos HardWaxOil (available in 4 sheens)

For furniture, especially hard used work and table tops, a second coat is also recommended
For all hard and precious woods COLOUR WAX EXTRA THIN is recommended for easier penetration.

For panellings on walls and ceilings one coat will normally be sufficient (except opaque white = 2 coats).
The satin mat surface can be polished for a more satin sheen after drying.
If for coloured treatments a deeper (semi opaque) colour shade is desired, apply a second coat after drying.

Transparent colours will be particularly even and beautful if applied over a ground coat of COLOUR WAX CLEAR EXTRA THIN.

Tin sizes and coverage:
0.75 ltr = 16 sqm 1 coat (10 sq m 2 coats)
2.5 ltr = 53 sq m 1 coat (33 sq m 2 coats)

Saicos Colour Wax is produced in accordance with the latest scientific researches regarding the best treatment of wood.
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