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Top tips to keep your wood floor looking showroom beautiful.

A good quality wood floor should age beautifully, a bit like a good bottle of wine. To help make sure this is the case, follow these top tips from our expert team                                                                                                                      

  1. Put dirt trapping mats at entrance door ways to minimise damage to your floor finish and avoid unnecessary maintenance - coir mats are the most effective when it comes to catching grit.

  2. House coir mats in matwells cut into the floor as part of the installation to keep them in place. Edged with matching or contrasting timber these also create an attractive feature and encourage people to use the mat !

  3. Don't limit yourself to a standard sized mat, Broadleaf offer Coir Matting cut to size so you can have whatever size mat well suits your doorway.

  4. Use felt pads and castors on chairs, sofa and other items of furniture that move without being lifted to prevent unnecessary scratches to your floor finish.

  5. Over time light will slowly mellow the tone of your wood floor. Move large pieces of furniture and rugs slightly from time to time to even out this process across the floor and minimise noticeable differences.

  6. Give your wood floor a bit of regular TLC - follow our simple maintenance guide.

  7. Don't steam clean your wood floor - whatever it says in the instructions - wood is a hygroscopic material and if you force moisture into it at high pressure you will damage it, even if that damage is not immediately visible. Unfortunately we speak to more and more people who have only seen a problem after the third or fourth time that they have steam cleaned their floor.

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17/11/2015

How to apply Broadleaf Hardwax Oil to your wood floor.

Broadleaf Hardwax Oil is a blend of natural waxes and oils specially designed to create a quick drying, hard wearing, satin matt finish for wood floors. It is water repellent, stain resistant and does not peel or flake with wear. Suitable for use in domestic and commercial installation it enhances natural colour and timber characteristics.

Best of all, Broadleaf Hardwax Oil is easy to apply and gives great results. Follow the instructions below to apply Broadleaf Hardwax Oil to your wood floor:

Preparation

  1. Ensure that the floor is free from any other finish and that any knots or holes are filled with a suitable filler.
  2. Sand the surface of floor to a 120 grit finish and allow any resulting dust in the air to settle.
  3. Vacuum the floor to remove all traces of dust from the surface of the floor. 

Application

  1. Make sure that room is well ventilated and at least 10°C.
  2. Stir the Hardwax Oil thoroughly making sure you get all the way to the bottom of the tin.
  3. Using a brush or foam roller apply the hard wax oil evenly along the grain of the wood - always test a small area and make sure that you are happy with the result before full application.
  4. Make sure that any drips or pools are brushed out as you go.
  5. Allow the first coat to dry for 4-6 hours before applying the second coat in the same way.
  6. Do not apply the second coat until the first is fully dry (if you are not sure use a small piece of sandpaper and sand a tiny area - if you raise dust then it is dry enough for the second coat)
  7. After the application of the second coat allow 24 hours curing time before furniture is place on the floor or it is subjected to normal traffic or buffed.

That's it - for top tips on how to look after your hard wax oil finish, see our Floor Maintenance posts.

 

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17/11/2015

Broadleaf Floors The Stunning Hammet House Hotel

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A spectacular new refurbishment at luxury country house hotel Hammet House, Pembrokeshire, has used Broadleaf's stunning Dark Brushed & Burned Oak flooring throughout the ground floor.

historic Georgian property, located on the Pembrokeshire Ceredigion border, has undergone a total refurbishment to the public areas, with the beautiful Brushed & Burned boards providing the perfect platform to highlight the modern design classics used throughout the bar, drawing room & dining room. 2012 will see the continuation of the refurbishment throughout the ballroom & upstairs in the 14 bedrooms.

Philippa Gale says "We are absoloutely bowled over by how well the new floor sits within the house. We chose Broadleaf's Brushed & Burned Oak as it was as close to the surviving bits of original floors here as we could find, most of which had been ripped out. People coming in to the hotel usually think the flooring is original, and are amazed when we tell them it has been newly laid. It provides the perfect link between the Georgian architecture of the house & the contemporary interior design scheme and it is also great to know that all the wood has been responsibly sourced & locally manufactured here in Wales".

www.hammethouse.co.uk
mail@hammethouse.co.uk
t. 01239 682 382

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20/07/2015 Admin

Broadleaf – Made In The UK

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Broadleaf are proud to announce that following significant investment in state of the art flooring and pre-finishing lines, the majority of our wood flooring range is now made here in the UK. At a time where more and more manufacturing is being moved abroad, we are pleased to once again buck the trend and expand our production facilities here in Wales.

We can now offer an even wider range of beautiful real wood floors and produce these in a choice of board structures to suit all installation requirements as well as producing bespoke sizes or finishes where necessary. We are also looking to take advantage of our new facilities to maintain our reputation for innovation, and develop our next generation of wood floors.

Combined with expanded warehousing facilities, manufacturing flooring here in the UK means that we can respond more quickly and efficiently to customer needs and offer improved lead times. It also means that we can heat our workshops and warehouses with our own wood waste, reducing our impact on the environment.

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20/07/2015 Admin

What is engineered wood flooring and do I need it?

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For most of our clients whether they need a ‘solid’ or ‘engineered’ wood floor is one of the first question they ask. So, what is the difference and why is it important? 


In short, engineered wood flooring is made of multiple layers of timber rather than a single piece of timber like solid wood flooring. These are set at right angles to one another and the idea is that this adds stability to the boards so that they can be installed in ways or in places that traditional solid boards cannot.

The top layer of an engineered wood floor is made from the timber that will be seen – Oak, Walnut etc - and is normally 3mm - 6mm thick (products with thinner top layers than this are known as laminates). The lower layer is most commonly made from plywood or softwood as this is cheaper and quality can vary considerably.

New generation engineered floors, of which Broadleaf Strata Oak was the first, have lower layers made from the same timber as the top layer so that they have the same insulation and acoustic properties as solid boards and are also even more stable than conventional engineered floors.

Broadleaf Strata Oak boards are made entirely from Oak – effectively a solid oak engineered floor - and are available in all Broadleaf finishes.

Whether you need engineered wood or not will depend largely on how / where you are planning to fit your floor and whether the additional stability is necessary.

The most common reasons in the case of Broadleaf floors are:

  • If you need to float your floor (fix each plank to itself rather than the subfloor beneath) as solid wood floors cannot be floated
  • If you want to install a wide board (200mm +) and cannot face fix it
  • If you want glue fix boards over 105mm over under-floor heating

There is a common myth that you automatically need to use an engineered wood floor if you are fitting it over under-floor heating. This is not true – it will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer – and crucially not all engineered floors are suitable for this purpose and many solid floors are, so always check with the suppliers.

For more information on fitting methods for Broadleaf wood floors, see our installation guide.

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20/07/2015 Admin

The Basics of Parquet Flooring

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Parquet flooring is made from small pieces of timber, normally rectangular blocks, laid in geometric patterns. The most common is Herringbone, although Basketweave and Brickwork have recently seen a resurgence in popularity and can create a more modern looking parquet floor, particularly when used with a contemporary style finish.

Traditionally parquet was sanded and sealed after fitting to create the hallmark ‘icerink’ smooth finish. Now though, there are also many pre-finished options available that are easier and cheaper to fit as well as offering a wider choice of colours and styles. These typically have a small micro bevel to accommodate imperfections in the subfloor in the absence of sanding and a quite modern feel.

In contrast, Broadleaf developed Vintage Oak Parquet– lightly distressed parquet blocks in a range of pretty tones that feature softly worn edges and whose authentic surface patina creates an instantly years old or reclaimed style wood floor. For classic look try our Original Vintage Oak Parquet. For a more designer parquet floor, try our Pulmans Vintage Oak Parquet.

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20/07/2015 Admin