Wooden Flooring

How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?

hardwood flooringOne of the most common questions asked is “How long does it take to refinish a hardwood floor”? Smart homeowners ask the question, so they know what to expect and can plan ahead. Some homeowners don’t have the initiative to enquire, causing them to postpone the refinishing project.

So, how long will a refinishing project last? A day or 2? Or a week? The answer to this question depends on several factors which include:

  • The type of polyurethane you use
  • The size of your space
  • Weather when applied

The type of polyurethane you use

Marri hardwood flooring

There are 2 types of polyurethane – water based and oil based.

In general, it will take 3 – 5 days for polyurethane to dry.  However, most people prefer the look of oil based and it is inexpensive compared to water based.  The oil based takes a longer time for it to dry. With 3 coats of oil based polyurethane, it can be completed in 3 successive days, leaving each coat to dry for at least 24 hours before applying the next coat. So for an oil based polyurethane, it may take up to 5 days before you can return your furniture again.

The size of your space

The bigger your space, the longer the refinishing task will take. Most flooring contractors can cover up to 300 square metres per day so if you have a 1000 square metres area, add 2 more days for the job to be completed.

Weather

Having your floor recoated in summer will mean that it will dry quicker but remember humidity will also play a part in drying time.

How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?

Do you need to refinish your floors? Contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your needs. We can give you an obligation free quote and provide you with an estimated time as to when you can expect your floor to be ready to use. Ring us today on 0409 081 679 and let’s talk for a free quote.

Why are there smears remaining after I mopped my floor?

cleaningMopping your floor is the easiest way to keep it clean. A small amount of hot water and a mop can do wonders for your hardwood floor. Often hot water only will be enough to clean your floor and leave it streak free.

If you are using a cleaner make sure it is a good cleaner and recommended for your floor type. There is a way to stop those annoying streaks and smears that appear after you’ve mopped your floor?

Smears and streaks after mopping

Smears appear on your floor after you mop due to a variety of reasons:

  • Was the dust and dirt removed from your floor
  • Incorrect dosage of floor cleaner
  • You didn’t dry mop after
  • Fabric softener on cleaning clothes

Was the dust and dirt removed from your floor

Before you mop your floor, it is important that you remove all signs of dust and dirt. A simple sweep can do the trick or for a better clean, get your vacuum cleaner out. You definitely need to remove all of the dirt before you start mopping.

cleaning solutionsIncorrect dosage of floor cleaner

This can also cause unsightly smears and streaks on your floor. You should make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions for the correct dosage to get streak free cleaning results every time.

You didn’t dry mop after

Hot water dries faster and as a result,it could leave smears on your floor. To alleviate this problem simply ensure that the floor is dried properly by dry mopping after you apply the wet mop to remove any excess water.

Never use fabric softener when washing your cleaning clothes

Using fabric softener in conjunction with cleaning agents can lead to unsightly smears. It is recommended that you should avoid using fabric softener when washing your clothes.

Why there are smears remaining after I mopped my floor?

Have a streak and smear free floor after mopping – remember the above mentioned things! For any of your floor needs, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We install all types of floors – ring us today on 0409 081 679 to get a free quote.

 

What is the best flooring option for heavy foot traffic areas?

hardwoodThinking of having a wood floor for your home? Great!

When selecting the right floor option for your home, most of us tend to focus on the design, colour and the patterns of a wood material. While these things are important, you might be missing an important factor when choosing: the amount and type of traffic.

High footfall areas

Before choosing, think about where you will install your wood flooring. Is it in a high traffic area where high footfall is expected? While wood floorings are durable in general, some of them might not be too resistant to high traffic. Before you know it, your wood flooring already needs some refinishing or worse, replacement. To make sure you get not just the best design and style for your floor but as well as durability, here are some things you should consider:

  • Engineered wood floorings are perfect for areas with high humidity as they are better in handling temperature changes much better.
  • Choose thick boards. Compared to thinner ones, they are much better in withstanding high traffic.
  • Make sure your floor is properly fitted. This can only be done by a professional flooring company, so don’t hesitate.
  • Bamboo is very hardy, long wearing and durable. Although strictly not a wood floor it does have similar properties including the feel as hardwood flooring.

Jarrah solid wood flooring from D.I.Y Parquetry and Cork

What is the best flooring option for heavy foot traffic areas?

In general, wood floorings ( or bamboo) are better at handling the daily wear and tear even in high traffic areas. Apart from choosing the right floor materials, pay attention to floor maintenance. A good floor with no maintenance is not a good floor at all. Good floor need a little maintenance and that can make your floor not only resistant to high traffic but it can last longer!

For all of your flooring needs, contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring on 0409 081 679. We are your flooring specialist in Bunbury and we’ll help you decide with the flooring that’s best for your home! Come and discuss your flooring options today with D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring and all our quotes are free.

Taking good care of your floor, the easy way!

hardwoood floorHaving a perfect, beautiful floor is not difficult to look after. With a high quality surface, taking care of your hardwood floor is easy and simple. Dry cleaning with a broom, mop or a vacuum cleaner is all you need to do. Plus,using a cleaning solution, can do wonders as well!

  • How to maintain your floor
  • How hot should the mop water be?
  • How damp is damp?
  • Will damp mopping clean my floor?
  • What’s the best way to mop my floor?

 To enjoy your lovely floor for many years, you need to make sure you are cleaning it correctly. Here are some tips you should take note of for the best results:

How hot should the mop water be?

It’s best to use hot water (but not boiling) and a very dry mop. Be sure to use a only cleaning products that are recommended for your finish. Avoid using harsh cleaners, such as bleach (as it is acidic) and can cause floors to look a bit dull over time… If in doubt, ask your installer.

How damp is damp?

When there is no longer any water droplets’ coming out of your mop when you wring it, but it still feels moist.

rose gum floor by DIYWill damp mopping clean my floor?

Yes, it can. Often hot water will be enough. For very dirty floors or particularly stubborn stains use a little bit of recommended floor cleaner. Don’t use too much cleaner though – a small amount is usually enough.You can effectively clean your floor without much effort.

What’s the best way to mop my floor?

When mopping, don’t forget to first remove the dust and dirt on your floor using a broom or a vacuum cleaner. This can make your job a lot easier. Wipe your floor in the direction of the installation (the direction your floor has been installed in) – this will give you the best results – no smears or streaks at all!

Taking good care of your floor the easy way!

Know how to clean your floor and enjoy its beauty for years to come! For your hardwood floor needs – whether its repair or installation, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We are your flooring specialist – we can do small and big jobs! Ring us today at 0409 081 679 for a free quote.

Why hardwood floors are perfect for your kitchen?

kitchenTired of how your kitchen looks? Do you feel like it needs some sort of an upgrade?

While a kitchen reno sounds interesting, it can be very costly. If you need to change your kitchen, why not just change its flooring? Updating your kitchen floor can dramatically change the appearance of your kitchen – from one that is plain and boring to a stylish and gorgeous looking kitchen.

Hardwood floors in the kitchen

Hardwood floors are beautiful to look at, and that is enough reason why you should choose it for your kitchen floor – not to mention they are durable too. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years. Despite these reasons, what is the appeal of getting a hardwood floor for your kitchen?

1. Kitchen life has changed.

In the past, kitchens were used solely for cooking but nowadays, things have changed. For many families, the kitchen is the best place to hang out and bond with family members. With this much activity occurring in the kitchen, you’ll want something that looks appealing – especially if you are planning to invite guests over.

2. It’s just due for a change.

Most homeowners decide to change their kitchen flooring just because it is due for a change – they can’t remember the last time they updated their kitchen floor. If you want to keep up with the latest trend, hardwood floors are for you – it will always look upmarket and remain a fashionable flooring option.

3. New kitchen, new floor.

What’s the use of updating the look of your kitchen if you used the same type of flooring that you had before? Live a little! For a new kitchen look, install a new floor – a hardwood floor. Hardwood floors in the kitchen are not something you have seen in the past, so it makes the idea more appealing.

Why hardwood floors are perfect for your kitchen?

Why not? They are gorgeous, classy and look good all the time! For all your flooring needs, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring at 0409 081 679. We can install flooring anywhere inside your home. Phone us today and we can pop in for a free onsite inspection.

How to protect your floor over the holidays!

christmasStomp, stomp, stomp … you hear the footsteps of your holiday guests arriving. You’re excited about the party season, but all you can think of is how dirty your hardwood floor can become.

Did you know that your floor can take a real hammering during the holidays?

Don’t stop yourself from enjoying the celebrations, get your floor protected today.

Hardwood floor protection

Often, we look for an easy way to protect our floors. Why go through all the hassle of doing all that extra laborious work when you can do it the easy way? Get your floor ready for all the wear and tear this holiday season, here’s what you can do:

Place mats at all hard entry points

Guests can easily walk the dirt inside. Ensure you put mats at each entry point to lessen the amount of dirt carried into your home. Shoes are the number one culprit in tracking in dirt. You can encourage your visitors to remove their shoes before entering. Do this by placing a shoe rack beside your entrance door.

water-on-woodWipe up spills quickly

With all the food and wine consumed over the break, there’s a pretty good chance of having a lot of spills. Be sure to wipe them up promptly. You can use a damp rag or mop but don’t over wet your floor. After the party, remember to run a dry mop along your floors. Remember to always run your dry mop along the boards and not against the grain.

Polish your floor

Polishing your floor can add an extra protection to your floor – plus it can make your floor look real shiny and glossy. There are floor polishes that you can apply that only take about an hour to dry, giving you just enough time to greet your guests at the front door.

How to protect your floor over the holidays!

Protect your hardwood floor these holidays, so you can relax and enjoy them for many years to come! Have a safe and happy holiday from us here at D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. Should you need hardwood floor installation or repair services, contact us at 0409 081 679 and let’s talk!

What makes D.I.Y. Parquetry Flooring installation different?

wooden floorHardwood flooring is the latest trend today. Most homeowners are choosing hardwood floors over other types of flooring for good reason. Timber floors are beautiful to look at, can last for many years and make your home look welcoming and feel cosier. During summer, they can be comfortable underfoot and in colder months, feel warm too.

Hardwood flooring

There are many great timbers that hardwood flooring can be made from. Each species of hardwood is unique, creating different looks and styles in every home. Hardwood is a living breathing material that has a unique pattern and grain depending on where it was grown and the conditions the tree endured. Hence, you can expect your home flooring to be one of a kind. You won’t find a home with exactly a floor like yours!

What to expect from your hardwood flooring

You’ve recently bought and installed a new hardwood flooring. In most cases, the anxiety of the installation process can overshadow the joy of purchasing new flooring.

There are just a lot of things that you can’t help but worry about.

  • Will it look good?
  • Will the installer do it correctly?
  • Will it last longer? Is there some sort of warranty?

These questions can raise a lot of doubts in your mind, but with D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring – it doesn’t have to be that way.

rose gum floor by DIYWe have built a reputation at D.I.Y. Parquetry when it comes to providing quality installation services on all of our flooring products that almost, if not always exceeds the customer’s expectation. We work hard to make sure our customers are always happy with the result.

What makes D.I.Y. Parquetry Flooring installation different?

Our installation staff are a well trained team, with years of experience; they are courteous professionals who will provide you with a great warranty to keep you covered. We will always go the extra mile just to ensure you get what you need and finish it on time. Want to install hardwood flooring today? Call us on 0409 081 679 for an obligation free quote today!

Should you leave home during hardwood floor installation?

jarra flooringYou have just hired a flooring contractor to install a hardwood floor in your home. Like any other homeowner, you want the job to be done the earliest time possible so you can start enjoying your hardwood floor. It’s a big job, but you want it done right.Do you need to stay elsewhere while the installation process takes place?

How long will the project last?

Keep in mind that the flooring job depends on several factors such as:

  • How much flooring is involved
  • How quickly the contractor can move from room to room
  • Your specification
  • The contractor’s requirement

Generally, the time for the task to be finished is anywhere between 3 – 5 days. However, your flooring contractor will give you an estimate as to when the entire job will be completed. Did you know that by leaving your home during the flooring installation, it can quicken the time frame?

Reasons to leave include:

  • There will be lots of dust and bad fumes – so it might be risky for your health.
  • There will be a lot of movement inside like moving furniture, so it’s better to stay out of the way.
  • Most floor sealing products may require 24 hours before using and it may take a few more days for the treatment to cure fully.
  • Weather can also be a factor

Should you leave home during hardwood floor installation?

Definitely yes – it will not just make the installation process faster all round, but it can also keep you away from all the health risk you might be exposed to during the process. Talk with your contractor about leaving home for a few days and ensure your insurance coverage and warranty are all sorted.

For all your hardwood floor installation needs, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer flooring installation and repair services – ring us today and let’s discuss your flooring options.

How to prepare for DIY floor sanding project

Solid Wood Flooring Repair by DIY Parquetry & CorkAre your floor looking tired? Old floors don’t need to be replaced – not just yet. To bring back your floors to their former glory, you can always resand it. It’s amazing how tired, ageing and discoloured hardwood floor can be transformed into a gorgeous, new looking floor in just a day or two!

DIY floor sanding project

Don’t have to do over the weekend? Whether you have plenty of breaks or just want to try resanding your floor on your own, it’s a great project for you to do. You’ll make use of your time and you’ll end up having a beautiful floor that your home should have. When you are about to embark through your resanding project, there are some things you should prepare.

Here are some preparations for you:

  • Empty the room. You should make sure all the furniture and other things are move outside so you will have plenty of space to move around easily.
  • Remove floor coverings. Ensure that your floor is smooth on the surface and doesn’t have any coverings at all – even nails.
  • Vacuum the room. When you vacuum the entire room, you can get rid of dirt and other debris, giving a clean surface to resand.
  • Block up doorways. This will prevent the dust from getting into another room but keep your windows open for proper ventilation.
  • Watch for protruding nails. If there are any that you can’t remove, drive its head below the surface using a hammer.

living roomAnd, there you go – you are now ready to start resanding your floor.

How to prepare for DIY floor sanding project

Make sure you follow all the necessary preparations above so you can have an easy time resanding your floor – and it can make your project faster too. Are you ready to give your old floor a new, gorgeous look? Try resanding it!

Need to install new hardwood floor? For all your hardwood floor needs, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer flooring installation services on different flooring such as cork, bamboo and parquetry. Ring us today for a free measure and quote.

 

Is it time to install a new floor?

flooringCan you remember a time when your floor was level and in pristine condition? If not, it’s a clear sign your floor needs to be replaced. Foot traffic over the years can cause your floor to look tired and worn out. When refinishing and re-sanding doesn’t work anymore, it’s time to let your old floor go and install a new one.

Why do you need to install a new floor?

Even if the signs are clearly visible, you need to be able to point out the reasons as to why you need a new floor. You need to justify that what you’re doing is a good thing, or to convince your stubborn partner that the old floor has seen better days. Worn and cracked flooring collects dirt and makes cleaning difficult. Curled floors could increase the risk of trips and falls and can harbour bacteria and mould. Remind yourself that you need a new floor to cope with your busy household.

Can you afford a new floor?

This is the most common concern for all homeowners. Firstly, take a look at your budget. Invest a little time in understanding the cost of a new floor and how it can improve the quality of your life. If you shop carefully, you can find a flooring material suitable for your budget.

Is it a luxury?

Is it really a luxury or an investment? When you install a new floor, it can make your home look more attractive and the safety and health benefits are priceless. Investing in a good floor is not a luxury but a necessity.

Is it time to install a new floor?

So, your floor does need replacing! Don’t worry about the installation period because many flooring contractors can complete the job well ahead of time. Some DIY flooring materials can even be completed in a matter of days. Then, you can enjoy the look of your gorgeous new floor.

For all of your flooring needs, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We can find the perfect flooring material for your home. Ring us today for a free quote on 0409 081 679.