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Timber Floor Stain Removal Services

All timber floors darken, fade or change in color over a period of time. Spills left unattended and exposure to sunlight will also escalate this process. But one of the great things about hardwood floors is that they can be fine-tuned to look like new. In fact, you can bring your hardwood floors back to life with timber floor stain removal services.

Although many floor stains can be removed yourself, it is important to know when to contact a professional. If you are not sure which cleaning procedure is floor safe, then it is best to arrange timber floor stain removal services. Sometimes DIY projects can do irrefutable damage if proper stain removal methods are not taken.

Stains are Underneath the Finish

When stains have gone through the finish and soaked into the wood, it is generally best to contact a professional. These stains can be very hard to remove from timber floors without sanding. Sanding a wood floor requires expertise and a walk-behind floor sander. In addition, you need to know the correct series of sandpaper grades and be able to operate the sander properly. And almost certainly, an edge sander will be needed for doorways and tight corners.

Numerous Stains

Over time, your timber flooring can have various types of stains. And an old stain is the most difficult to remove because it is hard to identify the type of stain. Plus using the wrong cleaning product can damage the flooring.

It really does take an expert to know what method or product should be used for each type of stain. For example, the contents of liquid stains can be acid or protein. Each element reacts differently to cleaning solutions. Deep-seated protein stains like beverages and pet urine require more than just mild soap and water. Although rubbing alcohol might lift out the stain, a wood cleaner is recommended. Even then, knowing which commercial wood cleaner to use can be daunting. And with a bit of research, you can find many recommended homemade cleaners like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and oxalic acid. The problem with any of these homemade methods is that you may damage the floor’s finish.

Contacting a Professional

When it comes to removing stains from your hardwood floors, it is best to contact a qualified timber floor removal specialist. A specialist has the expertise, experience and proper equipment to get your hardwood floors looking beautiful again. Professional hardwood floor services are knowledgeable in the proper methods and products plus they have the right equipment.

Instead of a DIY project that can cause permanent damage to your floors, you can have quality results with timber floor stain removal services. Overall, you save time and money.

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What Are Parquet Wood Floors?

Parquetry or parquet wood floors are a mosaic work of blocks of different woods arranged in a geometric pattern for a stunning decorative effect. The art of parquetry can be used for both furniture and flooring. Furniture parquetry typically uses veneer patterns whereas flooring combines unique block patterns.

Classic Patterns

Parquet patterns are exclusively angular and geometrical such as triangles, squares and lozenges (a rhombus diamond shape). One of the most prevalent parquet flooring patterns is the herringbone. This pattern uses distinctive rectangle arrangements in various forms. Generally the blocks are rectangle or parallelogram (a lopsided rectangle). The edge length ratio is typically 2:1 but at times it is 3:1. The herringbone pattern is so named for its likened similarity to the bones of a herring fish.

Other popular parquet patterns include square on square, double herringbone, brick bond, heritage, basket weave, parallel and stylized random blocks.

History

The word parquet is derived from Old French parchet, which means “a small enclosed space”. In 1684, woodwork parquet (parquet de menuiserie) replaced the laborious and high maintenance marble flooring of many homes and establishments. By 1693, the “parquets en lozenge” flooring at Versailles and Grand Trianon was noted by a well-known Swedish architect named Daniel Cronström. His official job was as cultural ambassador whose responsibility was to record (by drawing) and buy exceptional material related to the decorative arts.

Parquet floors were typically found in royal palaces and high-class estates of European aristocracy. They remained popular until the 1930’s when carpeting became the standard floor covering choice. However, in the 1980’s and 1990’s a renewed interest in the beautiful natural look of wood flooring became widespread. And with new industrial techniques, parquet floors were more durable and reasonably priced. No longer were these stunning floors designed only for nobles. Today, parquet wood floors come in numerous styles and are now a part of contemporary living. They offer elegant accents to the décor and ambiance of any room.

Construction

Parquet floors are generally pieced together to form stylish designs. The flooring is customarily 3/8” in thickness without the use of tongue and groove. Instead, the pieces are artfully bonded to the floor and then sanded and finished by a timber floor specialist. The standard block style is 12×12”. However, numerous sizes and shapes are available to match your needs.

With finger-block style parquet, the outside edges of tongue and groove are used. This limits the amount of times the floor can be sanded. Generally, this type of parquet comes prefinished and should only be refinished one to two times. On the other hand, parquet styles without tongue and groove can be refinished up to 10 times. In fact, sanding and refinishing gives your parquet floors an everlasting presence.

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The Purpose of Polyurethane for Timber Flooring

Timber flooring provides an earthy ambiance to a house or commercial building. When you select this type of floor for your structure, it is important to protect it from the continual traffic that you will expose it to each day. Today, one of the most popular ways to accomplish this task is by applying a polyurethane for timber flooring. MAB Timber Floors has expertise in the proper sanding and polishing techniques that provide timber floors with a lustrous, durable finish that will protect them from excessive foot traffic. Applying polyurethane is one of the ways we obtain this type of finish on timber flooring.

Polyurethane not only highlights the natural grain in the wood to enhance its appearance, but it also protects the wood from water, snow, mud and other elements tracked in from the outdoors. Three main types of polyurethane stains are applied to timber floors today, namely, solvent-based, oil-based and water-based. Each one has its own characteristics.

Types of Polyurethane Stains

If you desire a high-gloss finish on your timber flooring, the solvent-based polyurethane will accomplish this task the best. Polymers are in solvents with this version of the stain. While this form of polyurethane stain provides the highest durability, it is subject to edge bonding and is susceptible to issues with the saps and oils in certain types of timbers. Another issue is that some yellowing of the timber may occur in some cases. Solvents in the stain give off noxious fumes and toxins.

Oil-based stains are a combination of oil and solvent-based polyurethane stains. The addition of oil lowers the toxicity of the stain since the oil is a natural one. Oil-based polyurethane is not as durable as the solvent-based version is, but the cost is less expensive. Since the stain does contain oil, it will take longer to dry on timber floors than the solvent-based or water-versions do on wood floors.

Water-based polyurethane for timber flooring has polymer suspended in a water solution. It has the lowest VOCs of the polyurethane stains, the least-expensive version and dries the fastest. The water-based polyurethane conflicts less with timber with high oil or sap content compared to the other types of polyurethane stains. On the downside, this version of the stain has the lowest durability.

All the above types of polyurethane require the application of multiple coats for the ideal finish. Each coat will dry between the applications of the stain. Through this, we ensure that each layer of the stain applies smoothly and without problems.

MAB Timber Floors guarantees satisfaction with our expert sanding and finishing services. We provide our services to schools, residences and commercial buildings in Melbourne and the surrounding areas.

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