While the durability of floating and wooden floors depends on their correct placement and the quality of their materials, the maintenance they are given is also very important.
To avoid deterioration, manufacturers advise that the doors have no contact with the floor and that the furniture legs are covered (they are usually put on cloth-covered cloth covers).
On the other hand, there should be no pots or carpets on its surface. The reason? The humidity of the pots produces stains and inflates the floors, while the carpets need to be constantly moved so that heat and friction do not allow the accumulation of waste and discolour the surface.
If you buy top quality luxury vinyl tiles from us, we will advise you about the type of glue you have to use to prevent humidity accumulation.
Maintenance of wood floors
To maintain the essence of wood floors over time, it is vital to anticipate and control some situations that may be harmful. Among these factors are floor heating or radiant slab and ambient humidity. A very dry weather, like the high temperature of the heating, will cause the contraction of the floor generating lights between the tables, who advises that the temperature in the floor should not be greater than 29 ° C. Meanwhile, a very humid climate or without controls, will cause the expansion of the floor, and can even get rid of its installation system.
Among the possible solutions is the installation of a dehumidifier or an evaporative humidifier, which helps to maintain humidity within acceptable ranges. Enclosed environments with large windows can raise the temperature of the floors above the recommended values, drying the wood. This can cause shrinkage, deformation and fissures.
To avoid this, you have to close the curtains or blinds in the hours of greatest sunshine and keep the environments ventilated.
Cleaning. Although the most common is to sweep or vacuum, many times we find that the grease or stains do not come out completely. In these cases, it is advisable to use different chemical products that leave the glossy wood floors without deteriorating their finish.
For parquets floors – without plasticizing – the use of liquid and paste waxes is recommended, which help to hydrate and shine the wood. The frequency of application can vary between 7 and 15 days according to the use it receives.
Floating floors. Manufacturers advise against using wet rags as there is a risk that the joint will get wet and the floor will swell.
But there are also the options of plasticised or wooden floors for those who want to do this without these cleaning products. Both offer good protection for wood floors and daily maintenance is very simple and economical: a damp cloth.
The difference between one technique and another is that the plastic is solvent-based and hydro-lacquered based on an aqueous lacquer, which adds that the first is cheaper than the second.
The appearance of the plastic is a rather thick and shiny film, although it can be made of satin or matt. Wooden floors, however, is natural looking because it forms a thinner film that allows you to see the texture of the wood grain. It is offered in matt and satin tones. The plasticised caramel the colour of the wood, but using a good sealant that aspect is improved. Wooden floor maintains the colour of the wood. But it is important to keep in mind that, when polishing, the colour of the wood will become lighter.
Once the work is done, you have to wait between 12 and 24 hours to walk the plasticized floor and between 3 and 12 hours, for the wooden floor. But beyond these indications, it is always advisable to let at least 24 hours pass in either case.
As for floating floors, its maintenance is much simpler. You just have to brush or vacuum. And if there are spots, we must use a sponge with water in a localized way. Manufacturers do not advise the use of wet rags because there is a risk that the board will get wet and the floor will swell.
The duration of a floating floor usually ranges between 10 and 15 years. But there are some cases in which if a good assembly is not fulfilled (as the name implies, they are not attached to the support but simply supported), its durability is inferior. To avoid inflating once placed, it is essential to leave a perimeter expansion joint of one centimetre against the walls that hide under the baseboard.
The natural appearance of floating floors
Floating floors offer a natural appearance very similar to that of wood. And they also constitute a noble alternative, which generates a warm climate in the environments, without sacrificing the elegance that we all want in our environments. In addition, they are comfortable to maintain (they are cleaned with damp rags, without too much water) and they are very simple to place, since they should not be screwed, nailed or glued. Additionally, these wooden simile floating floors provide remarkable strength and generous durability (up to 30 years).
Floating floors in the installation stage simply rest on the surface to be covered – be it the floor, or even some wall or wall; The requirement is that the surface in question has sufficient firmness, and also that it is free of roughness.
Wood-like floating floors have variable thicknesses, which usually range from 8 to 15 ml. These very modest dimensions mean that it is not necessary to lift the previous floor in order to proceed with its placement.
The quality of the floating floor naturally defines its price, and impacts different variables such as the level of resistance to wear, the tolerance against burns, scratches and stains and also the level of hardness. In general, for example, German floating floors are suitable for placing in places that have radiant earthenware. Moreover, when they are of good quality, these floating floors tolerate exposure to sunlight very well, without fading.
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