Let’s get passionate about wood floors

You may be considering a wood floor for your new build project, or maybe you are faced with renovating an existing floor as part of a major property refurbishment. We have been making finishes for wood floors for nearly a century and our network of expert wood floor specialists will be able to help you.

An important first choice is whether to finish the surface with an oil or a lacquer (varnish). Both offer great benefits in terms of durability and aesthetics, but it’s also important to consider how the floor is going to be used. Today the trend is for a natural, matt look and most modern lacquers are available in semi-matt or very matt finishes. Floors finished with lacquers are very easy to clean and maintain too. The most important thing is regular sweeping to remove dust and grit which can scratch the surface. When marks appear or for the occasional all over clean, our Spray Mop, which applies minimal liquid to the surface, is the most effective tool to use. We would never recommend using a steam mop on a wooden floor.

An oiled surface tends to look more natural and our new oil system includes special optional colour treatments which can be used to achieve some really sensational effects. An oiled floor does however require the application of a maintenance oil – probably every other year depending upon the floor’s use – to properly protect the surface.

It’s also easier to repair localised damage to an oiled surface, whereas if parts of a lacquered floor become damaged the whole surface has to be re-sanded and re-sealed. With all this in mind, it really does make sense to speak to an expert right at the start of the floor selection process – our certified contractors are listed at bona.com.

Alternatively give us a call during office hours on 01908 525 150 and we can help guide you to the right person for your project.