“How to” Videos on our wood flooring are here to help you. We will be adding more over time and if you have particular questions or advice please let us know. For further advice and help please call us.
How to Conveniently Deep Clean Wood Flooring For Lacquered Floors only
This video will show you the safest, quickest and easiest way to deep clean your wood floor suitable for both domestic and commercial use. Also guide you through how to lift and remove all marks and any dirt on your wood flooring. Use the Bona Deep Clean Solution with the Bona Power Scrubber.
How to Easily Clean Wood Flooring For Lacquered Floors only
This video will give you a quick guide on how to keep your wood floor clean. We recommend using the Bona Spray Mop for quickly and conveniently cleaning your lacquered wood floor, visit our site for more info. The Bona Spray Mop can be purchased here
Caring for Wood Flooring with Bona For Lacquered Floors only
We use Bona products to finish a number of our wood floors and recommend Bona for ongoing care and maintenance. For more information please call us on 01666 504015.
How to Apply Flooring Adhesive without over application
Here we see how to apply our SW-890 Flooring Adhesive to a concrete screed in a controlled method. Use a 3mm notched trowel to apply the adhesive thinly. By only applying one-boards width of adhesive at a time you can easily manage the fit. Benefits include being able to get close to the board you are fitting, reduced mess, easily finish a row without getting adhesive on top of the board or concerns for large amounts of trowelled adhesive setting before the boards are fitted.
How to Apply Natural Oil to Wood Flooring
This video shows natural wood oils being applied to unfinished parquet panels with a walnut border. By using a short haired roller and a telescopic pole we could reach difficult areas in this project. Please note that this method of application is suitable for natural oils and the Blanchon Environment range of oils. It is not suitable for Hard Wax Oil products due to the amount of product that is applied.
How to Buff Wood Flooring
Buffing oils into wood flooring is an essential part of the application process on most finishes. This video shows an orbital buffing machine with a white buffing pad to work in the excess oil following application. Buffing helps to heat the floor, opening the grain of the wood for deeper oil penetration. It also enables you to move excess deposit of oil around the floor area insuring an even finish with a gentle sheen.
Tip – To increase the sheen on your floor buff it again in the same way about 6-8hrs after the first buff. This will catch any ‘bleed-back’ from a well-oiled floor and polish the surface.
How to Fine Sand a Parquet Floor after filling
When fitting unfinished and square edged flooring (predominately parquet but can apply to straight floorboards) you’ll likely need to fill in any small gaps between the boards. Our video “How to Use Filler” shows the application method. Here we see that the filler has dried and now needs gently sanding back to remove the excess. Use 120grit sand paper, here we’ve using the orbital buffing/sanding machine but this can be done by hand (make sure you always sand in the direction of the wood grain). Gently run over the surface in multiple sweeps until you’ve removed the excess filler from the surface.
How to Fit Wood Flooring When Fully Bonding
Fully bonding (gluing) wood flooring to the subfloor is usually the best method of installation. This video shows two fitters working together for a quick and professional fit of a walnut floorboard. With one person applying the adhesive at one-boards width at a time the other person can then follow behind and slot the floorboard into place.
Tip: Usually the weight of the floorboards is sufficient to ensure a good bond. However, if you are concerned (maybe due to a slightly uneven subfloor) you can use weights to press the boards down (for example we used unopened tubs of SW-890 flooring adhesive here).
How to mark your subfloor for glue lines
As discussed in our videos “How to Apply Flooring Adhesive without over application” and “How to fit wood flooring when fully bonding” we show that best practise is to only apply one boards-width of adhesive at a time. This video shows how to use a cost-effective ‘Chalk Line Tool’ to mark out on your subfloor the board spacing so you don’t over-apply the glue.
You can also use this tool to mark out areas where boards change direction or any other design you may be using.
How to Remove High Sports on Unfinished Wood Flooring
You should always sand an unfinished floor once fitted before applying the oil to even the surface. You may find that there are pronounced high spots in some areas on the join between boards. This is normal and usually down to subfloor, glue and manufacturing tolerances. To remove them you can work a sander gently along the join to even out the high spot. Here we use an orbital machine, you could do this by hand but it would take a lot of effort. Do not use a belt sander.
When sanding always work your way up the grit grades i.e. 80g to start, 100g to even and 120g to finish. These grades will usually be sufficient to achieve the required results. You can always attempt to try with 120g first and see if it will be sufficient and make the judgement call from there. Always finish on 120g as this is generally the optimal grit for applying oils.
How to Sand an Unfinished Wood Floor after Fitting
When fitting unfinished wood flooring you’ll need to sand the floor post fit to clean the boards back and remove any high spots between boards to a smooth even join. This video shows us using an orbital buffing machine with a sander attachment to accomplish this. Depending on the amount of height deviation between the joints you may need to use coarser sanding paper – just be careful of going too rough as you can quickly remove excessive amounts with low grade sandpaper.
When sanding always work your way up the grit grades i.e. 80g to start, 100g to even and 120g to finish. These grades will usually be sufficient to achieve the required results. You can always attempt to try with 100g first and see if it will be sufficient and make the judgement call from there. Always finish on 120g as this is generally the optimal grit for applying oils.
Tip: If you have an antiqued/handscraped wood floor be very careful sand sanding as you may inadvertently sand the handscraped effect off. In this situation if an all-over sand is required just use 120g sand paper and quickly sweep the sander over the floor to minimise effect whilst still cleaning any adhesive spots etc… Do not use a belt sander.
How to Use Wood Filler
When fitting unfinished flooring, especially parquet flooring you will likely find some small gaps between the boards, this is quite normal and can be easily rectified. The easiest and most cost-effect method is to gently sand the floor first and collect the fine sawdust from the sanding. You can then mix the sawdust with a good quality PVA glue (make sure the glue dries clear like the Sika one we supply). You want a consistency similar to pliable putty. Only make a small amount at a time as the glue will likely harden in 20mins. Use a flat blade to fill the gap; do your best to minimise over spill and leave to dry, continue to work around the room. Then see our video “How to fine sand a parquet floor after filling”.
How to Vacuum Wood Flooring After Fitting
It is important to regularly remove fitting and building debris from a wood floor, especially before cleaning with Blanchon Natural Soap. To do this use the soft brush attachment or setting on your vacuum cleaner. Always vacuum in the direction of the wood grain. Be sure to vacuum the floor thoroughly as any debris left could cause damage to the floor during cleaning. Do not use vacuum machines where there is a guide or “bridge” under the brushes as this can leave marks.