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Customer questions & anwers from Expert
QUESTION: How do you create seamless transitions from wooden flooring to other surfaces? (Amanda)
EXPERT: This is an area which is often overlooked and can result in disappointing outcomes. Transitions from the tiles in a bathroom and toilet or carpet in bedrooms to wooden flooring are an important detail to think about before you install a wooden floor. An expert installer will be able to assist you in creating seamless transitions from wood to other surfaces. You can also install transition strips which look smooth and beautiful.
You do have to keep in mind the potential thickness differences between wooden flooring and carpets or tiles. These differences can make seamless transitions hard to achieve. This can be addressed by ensuring you select the right thickness of wooden boards or use under floor materials to change the height of the floor.
QUESTION: How can damaged wooden flooring be repaired? (Jacob)
EXPERT: There are a wide range of methods to repair wooden floor boards. Some of these can be completed as a DIY project; others will require expert attention to achieve the desired results. The repair methods depend on what kind of finish your floor has, wax or surface finish.
Repairs for Wax Wooden Floors
Scratches on these types of floors can be addressed by re-waxing the affected area. It is best to use a soft, clean cloth and buff the floor by hand afterwards.
Food, milk and water stains can be treated by cleaning with a damp cloth, drying and re-waxing. If the stains persist, use fine steel wool on the area and wax. If that fails use fine sandpaper and lightly sand the area, clean, dry, re-wax and buff.
If there is wax build-up on your floor you can use odorless mineral spirits to strip the old wax. You can also choose one of many special wooden flooring products for wax stripping. After that use fine steel wool and a clean cloth to remove any residue. Your floor is now ready for re-waxing and buffing.
Damage to your wooden floor from shoes, especially high heels, can include dents. These can be repaired well, but this is difficult to achieve without the right experience or knowledge. We recommend you contact a specialist to assist with repairing this type of damage.
Repairs for Surface Finished Wooden Floors
Scratches on wooden floors with surface finishes can be touched up with kits for poly-urethane finishes. These kits are available from any wood flooring supplier or your installer.
For the treatment of any food, milk or water stains you can use a special cleaner developed for urethane finishes. If the stains or spots persist, clean them using a special cleaning pad and cleaner for these types of floor finishes. After the spots or stains are removed you can refinish the area.
Similar to wooden floors with a wax finish, if your surface finished wooden floor has damage or dents from shoes or high heels we recommend you contact a specialist to help with the repairs.
QUESTION: Can a damaged floor board be replaced? (Simon)
EXPERT: The short answer is yes, absolutely. Damaged floor boards can be replaced and finished to leave you with a floor that looks as good as new. However, it takes a high level of skill and expertise to achieve this. Things to consider are the type, hardness and thickness of the timber you are replacing, the finish you want and how to remove the old piece(s) and install the new piece(s). This is the type job even the most skilled DIY people refer to specialists to ensure the best outcomes are achieved.
QUESTION: When does my Floor need Sanding? (Sarah)
EXPERT: Your timber flooring is ready for floor sanding when it is uneven, damaged or yellowed. Moisture and dryness can cause boards to cup over time or to separate. After any holes are repaired and damaged boards are replaced floor sanding can begin to bring out the natural beauty of the wood.
If your wooden floor is in good condition but you want to change the colour you will also need to sand the floor and then apply a different finish.
QUESTION: Does my old wooden floor need sanding? (Jamal)
EXPERT: Old timber floors can lose their character if you sand them. If your home has an old wooden floor which is still in good condition we recommend you consider starting with a fresh surface coat or oil before you consider sanding. This can restore the beauty and warmth of your floor and will take a lot less time and effort than sanding. If this does not lead to the required outcomes you can always decide to sand your floor at that stage.
QUESTION: I have engineered wooden floor boards, do I need to consider floor sanding? (Adele)
EXPERT: Engineered wooden flooring differs from solid wooden flooring. Engineered boards are made from a thin layer of hardwood on top of a softer and cheaper type of timber. Solid timber boards are made from the one type of wood. Floor sanding should not be used on engineered wooden boards as this will strip the thin layer of hardwood timber quickly.
QUESTION: What is the difference between un-finished and pre-finished hardwood flooring? (Toby)
EXPERT: Pre-finished hardwood floors have gone through all the processing stages in the factory, they can be installed and are ready to be enjoyed straight away. These floors come in a wide range of finished, textures, species and colour choices.
In contrast, with un-finished hardwood flooring the processing and finishing is completed on site (or in other words), in your home. This creates unique and custom finished hardwood flooring tailored to you exact needs and requirements.
Question: Is wooden flooring really the most environmentally friendly option? (Gill)
EXPERT: Absolutely, there is no other flooring option that lasts as long, is as versatile and with such a small environmental footprint. Wooden floors are the healthiest and most cost-effective flooring options you can choose. They last a lifetime and the boards can be re-used when the time comes to remove the floor. Other flooring options need replacing much more often and the waste materials are not bio-degradable and stay in landfills for a long time.