Fitting Methods & Maintenance Tips
· Floating: Lay directly over underlay with just the tongues glued. If being laid over concrete, a polyethylene foam underlay with a moisture barrier should be used. A continuous bead of glue to the groove on both length and end joints is all that is required. A blue painter tape can be used to prevent boards moving around while the glue dries. Avoid large variations in ambient humidity.
· Bonding: Glue directly to an existing wooden floor or concrete surface. The subfloor must be even, flat and clean and a levelling compound used to fill any cracks. Glue should be applied evenly, in small areas at any one time. Any excess glue residue should be removed with a mineral spirit.
· Secret nailing: Use a porta-nailer to drive 50mm nails through the tongues into a timber subfloor. It is recommended that a waxy paper is laid waxy face down between the subfloor and boards to prevent moisture transference. The substrate moisture content should be below 10%. First and last rows should be face fixed, with the holes covered by a filler.
· Use only the cleaning and maintenance products recommended by the finish manufacturer and follow their instructions on long term care.
· Cleaning products made for tile or vinyl floors are rarely compatible with wood floors and finishes. Avoid cleaners that might abrade the finish or the surface of the wood.
· Do not allow your floor to become exposed to water as it may damage the finish, adhesive and/or cause irreparable damage to the wood.
· Never wet mop your floor. Wipe up spills and standing water as quickly as possible. Make sure to maintain and repair any plumbing, appliances, or structural fixtures that might leak water.
· Install soft protectors on furniture legs to prevent scratching, scuffing and denting. When moving furniture, try to pick it up completely to avoid scraping the feet across the floor.
· Avoid walking on your floor with athletic cleats, high heels, tap shoes or any footwear in need of repair.
· Keep the floor free of sand and dirt by dry mopping the floor regularly.
· Lay walk-off mats in front of doorways leading outside.
· Lay down area rugs in areas of high traffic and in front of sinks. Rugs should be moved periodically if area is exposed to regular sunlight to minimize the effects of colour change over time.
· Repair damaged areas of your floor according to the instructions provided by the finish manufacturer. Small scratches may be spot sanded and refinished.