Why is wood flooring healthier than other types of flooring?Read more
Wood is a natural material and wood oils often have a strongly anti-bacterial action. Wooden floors, unlike carpets, do not trap and accumulate concentrations of harmful chemicals and fumes, nor do they become homes for unpleasant parasites.
Why choose wood flooring?Read more
Wood is beautiful – its warm colors, richness of grain, healthy sheen. But wood flooring is not only gorgeous; they are healthy, hard-wearing and warm (wood is a natural insulator.) A wood flooring will make your room seem bigger, lighter and more impressive – all these factors give your house character and, according to real-estate agents, make it more saleable.
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Is Spacva flooring ecologically sound?Read more
Spacva is the first wood industry in Croatia to receive a FSC, a worldwide recognized certificate which guarantees that our timber is sourced from an official sustainable-managed forest.
How do I repair a scratch?Read more
With oiled flooring, just take a bit of sandpaper and gently rub away the scratch until it has disappeared. Then apply oil and allow it to sink in. Buff it gently. That’s all.
A lacquered floor will need to be completely sanded and re-lacquered as it cannot be done in small patches.
When will my lacquered flooring need attention?Read more
It depends on the amount of wear it gets. With normal wear a lacquered floor should maintain its brilliant gloss for several years. All hardwood floors have sufficient thickness of real wood to permit re-sanding and re-lacquering several times in the lifetime of the floor. It will probably outlast you.
How do I maintain my wood flooring?Read more
With all wood floorings it’s just a simple question of running a damp mop over them as part of your normal house cleaning routine. It is necessary to use appropriate cleaning and maintenance products to keep the beauty of the flooring.
What to bear in mind with oiled treated flooring?Read more
- Ideally, use doormats both inside and outside your external door to prevent people from bringing in dirt and gravel which can cause considerable wear on your floor.
- Place protective pads under your furniture to prevent unnecessary marks and scratches on your floor.
- Wood flooring expands and contracts depending on the ambient climate. To prevent movement and hence damage to the floor, the surface temperature should not exceed 25°C. The relative humidity should be kept between 50% and 60%.
How to clean and maintain oiled flooring?Read more
Caring for oiled hardwood floors involves using specific cleaners and restoring the oil. Over certain period of time, the hardwood floor becomes dry from foot traffic, general wear and tear and cleaning substances that may pull the oil from the flooring. Keeping the hardwood floor clean and replenishing the oil ensures that your flooring will remain in top condition.
- Wipe a dust mop across oiled hardwood floors to remove the bulk of the dirt. Vacuum the floor with a sweeper that does not have a beater bar to remove the rest of the dust. Maneuver the sweeper around floor edges to remove hidden dirt.
- Spray a wood cleaner made for oiled hardwood floors over a section of the flooring. Wipe the floor with a soft cloth. For stubborn stains, allow the spray to remain on the mark for 10 minutes to loosen it from the flooring. Wipe the stain with the cloth. Repeat the process across the entire floor.
- Apply 1 tbsp. hardwood oil to a clean cloth and wipe over the wood to restore oil back into the flooring. Wipe off the excess oil with a clean cloth. Avoid walking on the flooring or replacing rugs for two hours to allow the oil to soak into the wood.
The need for maintenance varies depending on a wide range of factors. Maintenance needs to be carried out more frequently if the floor is cleaned regularly with a damp cloth, because this has an abrasive effect on the protective coating. Floors subjected to greater wear, such as the ones on which people often walk while wearing outdoor shoes, also require more frequent maintenance. Soft, pale, porous wood species such as pine require more frequent maintenance than other wood species.
You will easily know when it’s time to maintain your oiled floor as you will start to find it harder and harder to clean.
In most cases, the floor will require maintenance twice in the first year and after that once a year. Ideally, your first floor maintenance should be done right after the installation of the floor. The first time you maintain the floor, you have to maintain the entire surface of the floor. If you do this right after installing the floor, you won’t need to move any furniture. This will also give you additional protection against moisture penetrating down into the joints between the boards.
Is oiled wood flooring harder to maintain than lacquered floors?Read more
A little. Although oiled flooring will not attract dirt and is easy to clean in the same way as a lacquered floor, it will need to be oiled occasionally.
The big advantage of oiled flooring is that it can look like a new floor forever. If you get a scratch, you can sand it away with a small piece of sandpaper and apply new oil. With lacquered flooring you will need to sand and lacquer the whole floor.
Which rooms in the house should have wood flooring?Read more
Wood flooring is suitable for every room in the house except the bathroom.
How long will my wood flooring last?Read more
Correctly fitted and maintained solid wood flooring will last a lifetime, but correct fitting is crucial.
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Can I still have underfloor heating with wood flooring?Read more
The answer is yes, but if a room has underfloor heating, it is doubly important that it is properly installed to allow for expansion and contraction. See also “INSTALLATION OF SOLID FLOORING ON UNDERFLOOR HEATING”.
What types of wood flooring is best for bathrooms?Read more
Humidity is the big enemy of wood flooring. Do not install a wooden floor in a wet bathroom or rooms where there is a risk of some humidity, or where the temperature can fluctuate a lot.
Which wood species are best for halls and areas getting a lot of wear?Read more
You should choose oak or ash as the most popular hardwood species. Do not use softwoods like pine or spruce. If your hall leads to entrance door, we recommend you install a matt well to remove any grit from under your shoes.
What are oiled finishes?Read more
Natural oiled surface is 100% natural and without chemicals. Natural oil is made from natural raw materials such as sunflower oil, natural waxes and calcium. Oil leaves open pores allowing the flooring to breathe and thus, regulate the humidity and guarantee a healthy room climate. Natural surface will be firm and resistant if regularly cleaned and maintained appropriate by cleaning and using the proper maintenance products.
What types of flooring is there?Read more
Spacva offers solid flooring, strip parquet, mosaic, lam and industrial parquet. Important thing is that they are all solid.
What are the grades of wood flooring?Read more
There are few different grades that relate to the floor visual appearance only and not to quality. Check our grades for each type of floor.
How to choose wood flooring?Read more
There are different timbers in different grades, colors and patterns. There are also different types of floor construction and finishes. Prices vary according to species and quality. Of course, you shouldn’t choose your floor just looking at a picture, visit the showroom and look at the large samples; this will give you the best chance to properly judge the character of the wood.