Flawless Flooring - Tips & Tricks

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Flawless Flooring

In our latest blog, we’re going to take an in-depth look indoors, and demystify the flooring preparation and coating process. We’ll look at sanding, sealing and coating options, as well as some handy tips along the way to ensure you get the flawless floor you’re after!

Prep

Sanding floors

Sanding can be a daunting task for the uninitiated. Thankfully, options exist for every level of the skill spectrum, meaning you can rent a drum sander from your local hardware, or hire a professional to do it for you.

Pressure Point: Sanding to a smooth finish is essential, but removing all the sanding dust is a just as crucial, but often missed step.

  • Floors must be swept and thoroughly vacuumed.
  • Remember to remove sanding dust from skirting boards and similar areas.
  • Once vacuumed, oily timbers, such as Brushbox, Spotted Gum, Cypress and Tallowwood should be cleaned with methylated spirits and allowed to dry.

Sealing

Do I have to?

It’s a common question – do I have to seal my floors? The answer is yes! It’s a trade secret, if you want a smooth and lasting topcoat on your flooring project – use a sealer! Without a sealer, you can run the risk of an uneven finish (due to varied timber porosity) or oils from the timber leeching into the finish.  A sealer is essential on oily timbers (such as Brushbox, Spotted Gum and Cypress), as well as for soft, porous timbers (such as Pine, Meranti and Cedar).

 

Pressure Point: If you experience grain raise from your sealer, wait until the 1st top coat is dried before sanding. This way, you’re not compromising the effectiveness of the sealer, and still ensuring you get a smooth topcoat.

Staining

When to do it?

Staining your flooring is a great way to add richness and depth to any room. People usually choose to stain lightly coloured timbers, such as Vic Ash, Pine or Meranti, allowing them to have the visual appearance of a richer timber, without the cost. Having said that, any timber can be stained with your colour of choice, it’s just a matter of personal taste!

Pressure Point: Flooring stains works by soaking into the pores of the timber, the longer you leave it on, the darker your floor will appear. Because of this, our stain needs to be wiped off after between 2-5 minutes. Make this less stressful by working in small sections, and having lots of rags handy.

Finish

Choosing your clear

There are a wide variety of clear finishes available for you to complete your flooring project. Cabot’s offers an oil based, and a water based variant of CFP Floor.

While there are differences is dry times, clean up and durability, an often overlooked difference between oil based and water based coatings is the way they make the timber look.

Pressure Point: Making the choice between Oil and Water.

Oil Based: Adds warmth to the timber. This means that a wider variety of colours will be highlighted in the timber, bringing blushes of pink and gold to the surface, while adding depth to the darker timer features. Can yellow over time.

Water Based: Adds clarity and maintains the natural colour of the timber. This look is often perceived as more modern. Will not yellow over time.

Maintaining

Keeping it flawless...

Everyday foot traffic, spills and tumbles will take their toll on your flooring finish. To keep your floors looking good, regular maintenance with specially formulated Cabot’s Floor Clean is recommended. When your flooring needs a little bit more love, a Cabot’s Floor Polish can be used to rejuvenate the existing coating, without the hassle of sanding and recoating.

Pressure Point: When we say regular maintenance, we mean washing your floors at least every couple of weeks. This will make the coating last longer, keep it looking better and save you lots of time in the long run!

Still got some flooring questions? Why not call our free and friendly Customer Service team: 1800 011 006, weekdays, 7am-7pm.