Finishes offer several great advantages for recycled wood flooring. They give a layer of protection from wear, dirt, and moisture. Also, finishes provide a gorgeous sheen or additional colour as they bring out the natural beauty of recycled wood.
Finishes are important in preserving wooden floorings. But, a lot of home owners are not aware of the wide choices for flooring finishes available in the market today.
Wax is the oldest substance for finishing floors, and still able to provide some great advantages. It is less expensive, easy to repair, easy to apply, dries quickly, and lasts a significantly a long time, provided it is given proper care. These days, waxes have become environment-friendly and more long-lasting as opposed to many years back.
There are still some disadvantages of using wax for wood floor. First, water can stain wax finishes so you need to remove it immediately. And, occasional buffing and reapplication is needed which means more time, money, and effort on your part.
Throughout the globe, oil is most popularly and therefore commonly used for wooden floor finishes. Like wax, oil has long been used for virgin and recycled wood floors. Oil is also environment-friendly since it came from plants. One very popular way to finish wood flooring with oil is the brush-and-oil process where a steel brush is rubbed towards the direction of wood grain. This is done to open up the wood surface and remove any splinters. Oil is applied afterwards.
One downside of using oil for finishing wood floors is that you need to use other things like paste or wax in order to protect the finish. This would mean additional work and money. New oil finishes are long-lasting and easy to touch up. But, they are not resistant to wear, tear, or stains.
Gentle vacuuming and sweeping is the most ideal way to clean unsealed wood finishes like those applied with wax or oil. Never use water-based cleaners for these kinds of finishes. Otherwise, your floor will have a lot of ugly water stains. Also, using acrylic and one-step furniture waxes is not advised.
Once your floor becomes too waxy, strip the surface and reapply oil or wax.
3. Surface Sealants.
Surface sealants simply “seal” the “surface” of wood floors providing them with a more durable protective layer. One example of sealants is the urethane. Its biggest advantage is that it is water- and stain-resistant. Urethane-based floor finishes are very durable. This is why they are widely used in areas frequently by many people like gymnasiums.
The only maintenance necessary for surface-sealed recycled wood flooring is regular mopping and dusting.
Timber recycling truly is the best option as it helps our environment, saves you a significant amount of money, and gives your home with a nice unique touch.