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3 Myths on Maintenance

On the subject of maintaining your wooden floor, we receive plenty of questions (by email or over the phone) from many wooden floor owners. 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.

Myth 3: maintenance is cumbersome!

buffing blockNo, 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?
But even is you prefer to buff your floor after you've applied old-fashion wax there is a very handy and ecological tool which can help you to make light work of it: our cast-iron buffing block. It weights 7 kg and will do the hard work for you, all you have to do is push and pull - standing upright, no longer on your hands and knees.

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 - we are in the process of creating The Ultmate Maintenance Guide which will go even deeper into the subject -but this leaflet tells you how easy it really is.

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