HOW TO KEEP YOUR FLOOR IN GOOD CONDITION
The finish applied to the surface provides important protection for wood flooring. Continuous use and irregular, improper periodic maintenance will have a negative effect on the wood, which over time could lose its glow and glamour. To keep wood floors in good condition, we recommend regular dusting and cleaning the floor habitually with a damp cloth previously soaked in a mild detergent specifically for wood floors, and wrung almost dry.
Periodically treat your floor with self-polishing or re-polishable protective products based on resins dispersed in water, following the manufacturer's instructions. How often this treatment is applied depends on the footfall. Our floors are varnished with water-based products that do not emit substances harmful to humans. They are perfectly compatible with heavy footfall, particularly when the surface has undergone structural operations.
Store the product in a dry environment, leaving its packaging intact.
Packaging must be opened only at the time of fitting, which must take place after the instalment of doors and windows and with all walls dry.
Foundation humidity must not exceed 2% in weight for normal cement screeds or those with rapid desiccation, 1.7% for heated screeds and 0.5% for anhydride screeds. The humidity check must be carried out using a carbide hygrometer immediately before fitting.
Despite undergoing accurate quality checks, some slats may still present some features which do not comply with the product's class of appearance, as during the selection stage they may have escaped notice or been deemed insignificant. The fitter must bear in mind that this cannot be excluded in a natural product such as wood flooring, and calculate a 5% discard rate for cuts and scraps. To ensure an ideal pattern, place the slats on the floor and select and arrange them before final laying. Fitting must be carried out by professionals.
4. Ambient temperature
Room humidity must be between 45% and 60% and temperature between 15° and 25°C.
If the room conditions are different from those indicated in the product file, it can cause the appearance of more or less visible fissures, pleating and micro-fractures (cracking) which cannot be considered faults, but normal adjustments to the environment. In more extreme cases, it can even cause detachment.
6. Finishes and shades
As wood is a natural material, there are differences in colour and grain which make all the elements vary. Samples and photographs are therefore to be intended as indicative, and not binding. Moreover, at the time of supply the flooring may be evidently different from the sample because, once wood is exposed to light and air it generally tends to become darker and more uniform. For these reasons, we recommend avoiding covering the floor during the initial period of use.
7. Care and attention
Dents and scratches may form on wood flooring due to collisions or falling objects, loads concentrated on small surfaces such as stiletto heels, work ladders etc., or small objects such as nails or stones underneath the soles of your shoes. Any surface varnish which may be applied has a protective action, but cannot avoid the problems described above.
8. Ray fleck
Some wood elements may feature lighter stripes called 'ray fleck', which are typical of this wood species.
Our wood floors, varnished with water-based products, are free from emissions damaging to human health. They are perfectly compatible with daily footfall, especially those products with structural surface work; it is, however, absolutely prohibited to use adhesive tape on the wood's surface, as it could partially remove the treatment on the structure.
As this is a finish with natural effect partially open pores, the wood may be slightly absorbent, hence certain liquids and fine dust must be removed promptly to avoid stains and ring marks.
11. Structural operations
Structural interventions on the wood such as brushing, planing, serration, etc. may cause chipping or peeling
12. Cleaning after laying
After fitting, we recommend that you clean the floor with a suitable product such as Pulipar.
13. Routine cleaning
Ordinary cleaning can be carried out with a damp cloth and an appropriate non-frothy neutral detergent such as Casa Bella. This product is designed for varnished wood floors.
14. Routine maintenance
For ordinary maintenance use Casa Più, which cleans, nourishes and protects the wood floor, while for extraordinary maintenance use Casa Ravviva which restores the floor's original shine whilst giving it more protection and brilliance.