Frequently Asked Questions
Solvent based coatings are the most commonly used interior floor finishings in Australia today. In general terms these coats offer superior resistance to day-to-day wear and tear and provide a low maintenance finish that is available in gloss, semi-gloss, satin or matte sheen levels. Solvent based coatings have a high level of odour during drying process and usually require you to vacate your premises during this time (especially pregnant women and people with respiratory problems such as asthma). All pets and plants are to be moved well away from area to avoid potential illnesses.
In years gone by water based coatings have been regarded as inferior or lack lustre alternatives to traditional solvent based products. As technology has improved water based products are now accounting for a significant part of the market. Improved resistance to wear, scratches and staining has seen water based coatings used on many more residential and commercial timber floors. Low toxicity and faster drying times are key advantages of water based coatings. They usually don’t require you to vacate your premises. Gloss levels are much more subdued compared to solvent based products.
Oil based coatings generally offer a very pleasing aesthetic appearance, although they do require more maintenance than solvent or water based coatings. Regular maintenance using polishes or spirit based waxes often mean oil based coatings are likely to be used more in commercial applications than a typical domestic setting.
YES. All dust and left over coatings are removed from premises. The home owner is responsible for the disposal of floor coverings, e.g. carpet/vinyl, unless arranged prior.
YES. Furniture removal is the responsibility of the home owner. Workers compensation insurance limits our ability to remove furniture prior to sanding.
YES. Power must be available inside premises connected to several different circuits.
YES. Minor/moderate floor repairs can be undertaken.
We generally recommend 48 hrs after floor is finished, before walking on in socks. 7-10 days after completion, furniture can be lifted and placed (water based coatings may allow for furniture the to be moved back into premises slightly sooner).
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your new floor is essential in keeping your finish looking great.
|Use rugs and mats in high traffic areas (use felt backed mats not coarse backed or open weaved).|
|Cleaning your floor with static dust brooms/mops will assist in minimising grit in high traffic areas, which can help prevent scratching. DO NOT USE STEAM MOPS! Steam may introduce moisture to the timber.|
|Always use a floor cleaner designed for timber floors. Beware of supermarket products that contain silicone, oils and waxes, as these can cause problems with re-coating. Our operators can advise you about recommended products.|
|Avoid using harsh detergents and abrasive cleaners as these may scratch or dull your floor.|
|Minimise direct sunlight on the floor as it will discolour over time. Try to avoid this effect by filtering direct sunlight with netting, curtains or blinds.|
|Place felt or other soft protection pads on the feet of chairs and to the bases of furniture. Frequently moved items should be properly lifted and placed.|
|When moving furniture always lift and place on to the floor where possible. NEVER drag or slide furniture even if pads are fitted to the base as this may create unnecessary wear.|
|Slide any furniture across your timber floors.|
|Wear high heeled shoes on your timber floors.|