1. What will I need to clean my timber floors?
• Broom with soft bristles
• Vacuum with soft brush attachment
• Bucket with quality lint free sponge mop
• Terra Flooring recommends putting some simple things into place to help make cleaning and maintenance of your timber flooring easier.
• Place non-rubber protective pads beneath furniture or appliances. Carpet runners in hallways are great
• Remove shoes in the home. High heel shoes easily damage timber floors with indentations
• A constant indoor humidity level of about 50 – 65 % relative air humidity is best to preserve the value of and to care for your floor
• Exposure to the sun and its UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of wood. This causes wood to change colour. Terra Flooring recommends windows have blinds or shades applied to minimise the effects of the strong Australian sun.
• Remember to re-arrange rugs and furniture periodically so that the effects of sunlight allows floors to age evenly
• We highly recommend the use of door mats to prevents tracking abrasive grit and dirt into the home which acts just like sandpaper on your floor, the first 2 metres of any entrance way will attract the most damage if not taken care of.
• Evaporative coolers saturate the air with moisture. Manufacturers instruct and advise to ensure you leave a window or door open when using. If operated without ventilation excessive moisture may cause the timber flooring to cup, expand and swell pushing planks out of place. Ventilation will help relative humidity to remain below 70% minimising damage.
2. Can I sand back my timber flooring?
A timber floor from Terra Flooring will last for years and years with the proper care and maintenance.
Our engineered floating timber floors use a UV protective lacquer to improve scratch resistance. If your floor has extreme wear and tear it may be sanded down only two or three times otherwise the durable UV protective lacquer should hold up for many years.
Solid flooring, on the other hand, can be refinished over and over again. Proper sanding technique levels the floor and brings back the natural grain of your solid timber floor.
Several passes with the sanding tools will be required to achieve a smooth finish. Provide ventilation while sanding and staining. An open window with a fan is a good idea, especially since the door is sealed.
DIY sanding would require use of hire equipment which is large noisy and it only takes a heavy hand to gouge the timber surface do some damage to your timber floor. Sanding removes dirt and old staining creating a new level surface so the work is dirty and slow.
Terra Flooring highly recommends using a qualified timber floor finisher with references.
3. Should I install skirting boards during the construction stage, before installing Timber Floors?
No, it’s best to leave the installation of skirting boards until after the floating installation.
4. Why are some of the same species priced differently?
Some products are produced as one strip, two strip and three strip formations. The more strips used, the easier it is for the manufacturer to source product as they can use smaller off-cuts, which lowers the cost.
5. DO I NEED TO REMOVE EXISTING SKIRTING BOARDS?
Installing timber flooring requires a small gap (expansion gap) to be left between the timber and the walls, which is generally covered by skirting board, or Scotia , so ideally skirting boards should not be present prior to installation. If skirting already exists, installers may leave a gap between the floor and the skirting and later cover it with a Scotia.
6. What is flooring underlay?
Flooring underlay is a product that is installed between an existing structural sub-floor, and the non-structural floor. In the case of floating floors, the underlay is a rubbery material, usually 2mm thick (some products are thicker), which cushions the floating floor, provides sound absorption, and may also provide a moisture barrier. In the case of solid overlay flooring, the underlay, such as non-structural plywood, serves as an intermediary between the overlay floor and the structural floor. The underlay is sitting on top of your floor, whilst the overlay floor is attached to the underlay
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