Start With The Right Finish
Using the correct finish can add years onto the life of the floor:
Arboritec says Classic+ is its best choice for a reliable one-component lacquer that meets the needs of the majority of flooring jobs. This versatile waterborne product is designed to deliver ceramic-fortified commercial protection to wood floors. It reportedly flows and levels well and is very forgiving in diverse environments and under a variety of conditions.
Classic+ can even be made into a two-component simply by adding an Arboritec hardener. This option increases durability and wear resistance while reducing curing time to three days.
Classic+ is available in x-matt, matt, satin, and gloss. www.arboritec.com
Bona Mega was used to protect the floor at Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. The museum, founded in 1683, welcomes more than 1m visitors each year.
Oxford based flooring firm, ACH Flooring, regularly recoats the museum’s original herringbone floors with Bona Mega.
Formulated to use oxygen as a crosslinker, the product is said to deliver the performance of a two-component lacquer in the convenience of a one pack product and is designed to offer high wear and chemical resistance in domestic, commercial or public environments.
A sustainable, NMP free lacquer, Mega reportedly provides the museum’s maintenance team with a durable, easy to clean surface. Bona Cleaner and Bona Polish are used for ongoing maintenance of the floors.
ACH’s Kevin Smith said ‘We have been using Bona lacquers since the 1980s. We like using Bona Mega for commercial and domestic projects because of its fast drying times, it has no smell, and for the finished look.
‘Also our mops and brushes can be easily cleaned.’
The museum team wanted a soft sheen to the surface so Kevin recommended using one coat of Bona Prime Classic followed by three coats of Bona Mega Silk Matt.
Mega is available in four sheen levels including Extra Matt that combines a hard wearing surface with a very natural, almost ‘invisible’ finish to the surface.
Bona’s technical team is available for support on site or over the telephone www.bona.com
Fiddes hard wax oils are reportedly becoming established within the UK flooring market, both to the manufacturing and retail sectors, while significant volumes are exported to China and Easter Europe.
The company has two dedicated distribution channels in Shanghai and Dalian.
The Fiddes Hard Wax Oil range has been successfully tested in accordance with the BS 3900 G5, BS 3900 E15 (resistant to liquids and wear), and EN71 (Toy Safety).
A new range of 10 transparent tinted hard wax oils have been formulated, reported to offer excellent depth of colour and clarity, while being quick drying and formulated for both automated and hand application, giving a choice of finishing options.
Oak Lightening is a lightly tinted hard wax oil that once applied is said to maintain the natural colour of the timber, especially for use on Oak and lighter woods such as Ash, Sycamore and Maple. www.fiddes.co.uk
Fila has added FilaStop Dirt to its Protection Line. The new protective dirt-barrier treatment is for textured and unpolished porcelain tiles.
It is designed to chemically bond without leaving a film, to create invisible protection that prevents dirt build-up and promotes fast and easy cleaning.
The ready-to-use protector can be used inside and outdoors and features Micrometrics technology is reported a ‘tried and tested’ science that respects the environment, the operator and the end user.
Following application to a clean, dry surface, FilaStop Dirt is said to improve surface resistance to foot traffic and general wear, while also protecting against watery and oily stains, and limits water retention, as demonstrated by lab tests conducted on surfaces laid in according with UNI 11493.
The product is also UV-resistant, will not yellow and will not alter the material’s original degree of slipperiness: as proven in tests conforming to the BCRA and ASTMC 1028- 2007 methods, and in the English Standard BS 7976 Pendulum tests.
Like all Fila products, it comprises micrometric particles, the proportions of which are consistent with the porosity of stone and ceramic pores so they are able to penetrate a tile’s pores.
Micrometric particles are claimed to pose no risk to the environment or public health.
FilaStop Dirt is available in 500ml cans, which each provide approximately 15-20sq m coverage. www.filasolutions.com
Junckers’ professional oils and lacquers range now include Rustic Coloured Oils in a range of rich colours.
The oils can be used on all timbers and add a warm lustre in a deeper shade, which is said to enhance the natural grain pattern of the wood.
The odour free, fully curing oils are available in Clear, White, Black, Anthracite Grey (shown), Walnut, Cherry and Mahogany.
Colour can be layered to desired effect and finished either in oil or lacquer to protect and preserve the floor. An oiled finish can be spot repaired with short downtime whereas over coating with Junckers’ HP Commercial Lacquer reportedly cuts out the need for regular maintenance coats which an oiled finish requires.
The water based lacquer over oil combination complies with relevant EU standards and VOC limits and is NMP free. www.junckers.co.uk
Mapei has introduced Ultracoat Oil Wax to help protect wood floors against water and stains, whilst enhancing appearance and longevity.
The oil-based treatment is said to be easy to apply, quick drying and omits very little odour, promoting a fast and safe application.
It is reportedly suitable for all wood species, giving a warm, delicate colour tone and a tactile matt texture; multiple coats can also be applied to create a deeper, natural shade.
Once the wood surface has been lightly sanded and traces of dust and dirt removed, the protective treatment can be applied using a roller spatula or brush.
Following application of the first coat and removal of the excess, a second coat can be applied after 4-6 hours.
A litre of Ultracoat Oil Wax is claimed to provide coverage of 10-30sq m, depending on the timber’s porosity. It is available in a 2.5L can.
The treatment is designed to help create a highly protective, long-lasting finish, without forming a surface film. It is also suitable for use on stair treads, and is claimed to provide a limited degree of slip resistance compared to some oiled finishing products.
All Mapei Ultracoat products reportedly meet the wood and laminate trends within the industry and are low odour with Class B1 fl s1 and C fl s1 fire resistance certification.
In addition, they do not contain any trace of NMP, a solvent proven to be a health risk, as it continues to emit harmful substances even after application. www.mapei.co.uk
Osmo says its Polyx-Oil Clear Glossy provides a gloss finish to wooden floor and adds a touch of class to any room.
The finish is designed to define the grain of the wood and accentuate its natural colour. It is said to be a suitable finish for all wooden floors, solid or plank wood, strip parquet, OSB or cork flooring, and wooden furniture.
Polyx-Oil Glossy is reportedly easy to apply by simply brushing onto the wood surface to achieve deep, long-lasting penetration.
After treatment the wood is said to be strengthened from within and to retain its elasticity, while becoming water repellent, stain resistant and hard-wearing. Meeting the wood’s natural demands it is designed not to crack, flake, peel or blister.
Osmo Polyx-Oil is described as being resistant to water and dirt, and very durable, smoothing wood surfaces. The natural vegetable oils and waxes allow for even colouring.
Another key benefit of this wax-oil is that it has a reduced solvent content making it virtually odourless.
The product is claimed to be much healthier (and also more pleasant) wood care product to use for anyone suffering from asthma or other breathing problems.
Polyx-Oils reportedly do not contain biocides or preservatives and meet all relevant environmental and performance standards. www.osmouk.com
Pallmann products were used to renovate 170sq m of wooden parquet in the Salon de Viennoise at the Grand Hotel du Lac.
Built in 1868, the five star hotel is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva, combining the charm of the 19th century with contemporary comfort and style.
Pallmann’s German engineered products were chosen for this prestigious project.
The company also offers training courses when Pallmann experts will cover the five steps for the installation, renovation and maintenance of wood floors. The training sessions are designed to provide participants with hands-on experience for all aspects of wood floor installation.
The training sessions are run at the company’s technical forum in Rugby.
The company believes that its wood floor installation systems are fail safe when used correctly.
That’s why it offers two years warranty to participants attending each of its 5 Steps training courses.
For more information or to book a place T: 01788 530080 www.pallmann.co.uk
Rustins describes its Briwax Hard Wax Oil as a mixture of natural vegetable oils, waxes and resins that give an attractive, durable finish on internal woodwork subject to a high degree of wear such as wood flooring.
The products are designed to bring out the natural beauty of the wood and make wood colours become both richer and warmer.
Described as hard wearing, water and stain resistant, Briwax Hard Wax Oil is for interior use on wood floors, furniture, skirting boards, worktops and balustrades.
It is available in 1 litre and 2.5 litre. www.briwax.co.uk
Woca has developed a new wood oil system that is said to be completely ‘invisible’, in such a way that the oil treatment does not affect the original shades and appearance of the oak floor.
This development from Woca consists of two products, as the treatment is applied in two steps.
First, the wood should be saturated and strengthened.
This is done by using the basic oil Woca Neutral Oil. Thereafter, the surface is strengthened and becomes dirt-repelling by using the maintenance oil WOCA Neutral Oil Care.
Both oils are water-based and the whole treatment of the floor may be done in one day, it is claimed.
Woca products are produced in Lunderskov in Denmark, and the new Neutral Oils are distributed through a variety of outlets.
This article has been reproduced from the Contract Flooring Journal website. You can find them at www.contractflooringjournal.co.uk.