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Type of Wooden Floor

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There are many type of timber used for flooring, and many types of flooring that use timber, or imitate the look of timber.

Laminate

This is an imitation product, made to look like timber. It is not a bad product for some situations, and modern versions look fairly realistic. But it will eventually start to wear, and need to be replaced. It cannot be sanded or polished.

Engineered Floors

These uses a combination of different woods. The top layer is chosen for the appearance, the underling layers provide strength and stability. These engineered floor look like solid timber flooring because they are real timber on the top.

Most engineered floors cannot be re-sanded, because the top layer is very thin and will be sanded away. But a few type of engineered floorboards have a 6 mm top layer than can be re-sanded several times.

Engineered floors can be polished to an attractive finish.

Solid Timber Floor

This is the standard that the other floors try to live up to. Solid timber is extremely durable and lasts for decades, perhaps over a century. And it looks great, with many species of timber to choose from.

Solid Timber can be re-sanded to removed superficial damage like scratches. Even with the re-sanding removing a thin to player of wood the floor will easily last for many decades.

Reclaimed Timber

If is sometimes possible to reuse the wood form older buildings, because timber is so durable it may last longer then the building does.

Reclaimed timber flooring is much like any solid timber flooring. It can be re-sanded for a new finish.

Parquet Flooring:

This is a patterned floor, with the pattern made with small pieces of timber. This looks elegant. And it is not too expensive because the smaller pieces of timber can be off-cuts.

Parquet floors can be re-sanded to remove damage. And it is easy to replace individual pieces should they suffer serious damage.

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Higher quality floors like solid timber will last for decades, and can be re-sanded to restore their original natural appearance.

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Water Damaged Timber

Almost no floor is immune to water damage. About the only exception is concrete, and this is not suitable for most homes.

Water will cause most floor materials to warp and bend. Under other conditions it may also cause contamination.

Types of water damage

Fresh Water – This will cause timber to warp and bend, though if the water is removed quickly the damage may be minimal.
If the floor remains damp for too long there may be problems with mould and mildew. This requires decontamination.

Black Water – this is basically polluted water, sewage or something unhygienic. Floors that have been flooded by black water will need to be replaced.

Gray Water – This is mildly polluted water, from fish-tanks, dishwashers, laundry or any outdoor sources. Floors that have been flooded with gray water will need to be decontaminated and probably re-sanded.

Drying floors.

Try to drain as much water out of the room as possible. And then dry mop the floor.

Use old bed-sheets, towels or other cloths to soak up as much water as possible.

Use fans or perhaps an air conditioner to help evaporate the remaining dampness. Be careful of the electrical appliances in these damp conditions.

 

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Water damaged timber floors will suffer warping and buckling as the timber soaks up the moisture. This can often be repaired with re-sanding. With re-sanding and a new protective surface finish the timber floors can look like new.

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Stains on Timber Floors

Stains on Timber Floors

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Both engineered timber and solid hardwood are long lasting floor options. But of course like any floor they are not immune to stains and other damage. Stains or superfical damage on the wooden floor will not affect the function or lifespan of the floor, only the appearance. Often these can be removed with the right technique.

Ink and dye stains
A mixture of bicabonate of soda and vinegar, make a paste, will often remove these stains. Apply the bicarb paste and leave it for a few minutes. Then rub it gently with a sponge and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Permanent Marker
Isopropyl alcohol will remove many makers from pens Use a damp rag or white paper towel to rub and clean the stain.
Hand sanitizer gel will also work on many pen and ink stains.

Food
Use a solution of warm water and dish detergent to clean the stain. Clean with a damp sponge and wipe clean. Make sure he floor is left dry.

Nail polish
Dish detergent in warm water should remove nail polish.
Acetone will also remove nail polish, but it risks causing damage to the floor.

Urine from Pets of infants.
Use a 5% phenol solution to clean the stain . This both removes the odour and sanitizes the area.

General
A magic eraser (melamine block) is very slightly abrasive and will effectively remove some stains.

Never use anything too abrasive on the floor. This risks damaging the surface.

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Scratches and dents are a little more serious than surface stains. Polishing will remove some light scratches. More serious scratching and dents will require the floor to be re-sanded.