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Q: water left standing on new oiled floor

Autumn = extra TLC for your floor (and home)

Autumn is here. This season means the start of the heating season for most of us: central heating systems are switched on again on most evenings and even in early mornings; wood-fires are lighted on one or two weekend evenings perhaps?Wood You Like Indoor Thermometer and Hygrometer

Besides keeping the cold outside the heating season also means keeping the humidity out. Radiators (including UFH) and wood-fires lower the level of air-humidity in your home and when not monitored and corrected could cause your natural wooden floor (and your skin!) to become dry (shrinking of the board, dehydrated and itchy skin). To keep both your wooden floor and yourself in good condition in this and next season we recommend you keep an eye on the air-humidity in your home in order for you to adjust/increase the humidity. And there are very simple ways to do this, from having plants in you home, hanging porcelain water containers on radiators and to ventilate your home daily.

The simplest way to check your home's humidity is to use a Maximum-Minimum Indoor Thermometer and Hygrometer.
Available from our showroom for just £ 17.50 (ex VAT, including battery, instructions of use and Wood You Like’s leaflet on House-climate).

All natural wooden flooring will benefit from a maintenance service before the real heating season starts: the wax or polish will hydrate the top wear layer of the wood (or the lacquer film) and like with applying a moisturiser to your own skin it will prevent dehydration of the wood. Especially when you have underfloor heating it is really recommended to apply a (extra) maintenance product this month.

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Comments

Audrey Griffiths

We are laying a reclaimed oak parquet floor and would like to know what adhesive you recommend please

Karin

Dear Audrey

Thank you for you question. Before we can advice you properly we would like to know on what type of underfloor (or subfloor) the parquet will be installed and if UnderFloor Heating is involved? Also, the reclaimed blocks, do they have bitumen (residue) on them?

Karin

See:
http://woodyoulike.typepad.com/tips/2006/09/faq_preparation.html
for more details on this question

Wood You Like Ltd

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