Pallmann clean and go wood floor cleaning kit

Wood Floor Cleaning Products

The floor sanding experts at Ultimate Floor Sanding will leave your floor looking like new, however, it is important that you implement a care and cleaning regime to keep it looking that way and to ensure that your two-year warranty remains valid, that’s where Pallmann wood floor cleaning products come in!.

The Ultimate Floor Sanding Company’s two-year guarantee is backed up by Pallmann. Pallmann is a German manufacturer specialising in high-quality wood floor treatment and maintenance products. Established over 120 years ago they are unsurpassed in product development and innovation. Pallmann has developed specialized cleaning products for wood floors finished with Pallmann products. The Ultimate Floor Sanding Company is the official distributor of these high-quality care and cleaning products in the UK and Ireland.

Pallmann Magic Oil Care is recommended for use on wood floors finished with Pallmann Magic Oil. Pallmann Magic Oil Care refreshes the floor by topping up the levels of protection provided by the Magic Oil 2K wood surface treatment. Pallmann Finish Care improves the lacquer-coat and the surface of sealed wood and parquet flooring, thanks to its dirt-repellent protective film. When used correctly Pallmann Finish Care can also extend the wear-life of the flooring.

Pallmann Wood Floor Cleaning Products – Clean N Go

Pallmann clean and go wood floor cleaning kitPallmann has also developed a specialist wood floor cleaning kit called Pallmann Clean N Go. The Pallmann Clean and Go kit contains a PH neutral all-purpose cleaner for dirt on wood floors. The kit also contains a Pallmann Clean & Go mop, microfiber cleaning pad and microfiber dusting pad. As with all the Pallmann cleaning products, it is available to buy online from Ultimate Floor Care our online store.

It is important to choose the correct Pallmann wood floor cleaning products to match the finish of your floor. Your contractor will have discussed with you whether your floor is finished with an oil, or a lacquer. At the end of the floor sanding and refinishing process, your Ultimate Floor Sanding Contractor will recommend the correct cleaning product to use on your floor.

If you have any questions about the routine cleaning of your wood floor, of Pallmann wood floor cleaning products, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  A more specialised wood floor maintenance service is also provided by the Ultimate Floor Sanding Company recommended floor sanding experts.

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Restoration of a School Hall Floor

We were asked by a school in Keynsham near Bristol to tender for the complete restoration of a school hall floor. We were delighted to win the contract and proceed with what was an extremely environmentally conscious restoration. The school are very concerned about the environment and the children in their care and this is why we won the contract, we offered something different.

This is a multi-use space with games, drama and lunch to name a few things all happening in there all day every day. It was important that the timber floor (which was maple wood) was protected to a high level, easy to maintain and safe for the environment.

 

Restoration of a school hall floor – Environmentally friendly solution.

We listened to the school and recommended a product called Magic oil for the restoration of the school hall floor, magic oil is manufactured by Pallmann. Magic oil is a wax oil combination, which protects the wood from the inside and leaves a very hard protective barrier on the surface of the wood – ideal for a school hall.

The work was completed over two days and the newly restored floor was back in use the following day thanks to the fast drying time of Magic oil.

In the future, it will be very easy to “top up” the Magic oil as required. This will add to the protective coating and will eliminate the need for frequent sanding. The school are very happy with the new school hall floor and even happier that we have protected the environment and the children.

If you wish to enquire about the restoration of a school hall floor using environmentally safe products please contact us on FREEPHONE 0333 93 901 93.

This article was written by Adrian from Floor Blimey Bristol. Find out about his commercial floor sanding expertise on his website or view his profile on The Ultimate Floor Sanding Company website.

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Staining a Wooden Floor – What to Consider

There is more to staining a wood floor than picking a colour, whacking it down on the floor, applying the finish over it and Hey Presto -everyone’s happy. If only is were as straightforward as that.  Find out what’s involved in staining a wood floor. To be honest to do full justice to this subject would require time well outside the scope of this article but let’s keep it as simple as possible.

Solvent Based Wood Floor Stains

First the stains themselves, the most common type in use on these shores are straight forward solvent based products that give reasonable colour depth, are fast drying, will work with just about any floor finish ( if dealt with properly) and have a huge range of colours. The disadvantages here are bleed back and of course, environmental issues due to the solvent “carrier”.

Water Based Wood Floor Stains

Less popular but just around the corner are the water based colours which of course have far fewer environmental issues but also  have fewer colour choices,  a longer period before over coating and of course issues with grain raising. The new kids on the block are the catalysed oil products which solve the time issue (to a degree) and being solvent free are the most environmentally friendly, however they are new and therefore pricey.

Factors to Consider when Staining a Wood Floor

The truth is the products are not really the problem, they all work if handled correctly. The problems basically come down to these points.

1)      Light – Tricky bugger this fellow, a colour under shop lighting is different from the same colour under strong natural light, or shady areas for that matter.

2)      The wood – many people think wood is wood, if it looks good on this piece of oak it’s going to look the same on their old pine floor. Sorry, all timbers accept stains differently and light coloured timbers will look lighter than darker ones, even after staining. Oak is the very best timber for staining and pine one of the worst.

3)      The sanding – The smoother you sand the wood, the more you close the grain, the lighter the colour will be, in addition a rotary action will leave a different scratch pattern and level of smoothness than a drum action, hence the “picture framing” you see on some stained floors.

4)      The sanding – no I’m not losing it (some would disagree), it’s still sanding related but needs to be mentioned separately. Sanding scratches that are invisible to the eye under natural lacquered finishes start to say hello with oils and are positively hurling abuse at you when you start to stain.

Ok so now having scared the living bejaysus out of you, how do you deal with the problems?

Best Practise for Wood Floor Staining

1)      Managing expectations – If the wood floor has to be the exact shade of some particular item, it will need to be colour matched, which is possible. However, once applied to the floor (bearing in mind all the points above), even if it matches exactly in some places it isn’t going to look exactly the same everywhere in the room, it isn’t possible (light being the factor here, the other issues you can mitigate)

2)      Sanding to a high standard  –  this is why you want to hire an expert floor sanding professional if you are planning to stain your floor.

4)      Water popping – Wetting the floor will open the pores and allow more stain to penetrate, because it swells the fibres it helps eliminate some scratches and on some timbers helps you see scratches so you can remove them before staining.

5)      Rag or buff off – Some people don’t realise that you don’t just put the stain on, let it dry and then finish the floor. Applying the stain with brush or roller, giving it time to penetrate and then removing excess with absorbent, lint free cloths are key steps to a great finish.

So if you are planning to stain your wood floor, be sure and find a professional floor finishing expert to do the job. Ask for references and examples of other wood floor staining projects. Don’t hesitate to contact us to find your local wood floor staining expert. FREEPHONE 0333 93 901 93

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What type of wood for your floor?

Designer Disasters

I am willing to bet there isn’t anyone connected to the construction industry who hasn’t, at some time or other, viewed the plans of a home owner or interior designer with some misgivings or downright disbelief. Usually the concerns centre around the wisdom of shocking pink paint on the kitchen ceiling or pure white eggshell on the walls in the toddlers bedroom, possible miscalculations which are easily corrected. Flooring however, is rather more permanent and therefore, expensive and intrusive to replace, so why are aesthetics allowed to completely overrule practicality in so many instances? Speak to anyone in the stone industry and they will tell you how few homeowners realise how high maintenance their beautiful (when new) marble, travertine or terracotta flooring will be compared to porcelain. Wood flooring has its equivalents.

Hardwood Floors, oak, maple, beech, ash

I started laying wood flooring in about 1996 in Ireland; at that time the overwhelming influence in wood floors was that of the returning emigrants who had live in America. They had gotten used to beautiful hardwood flooring, predominantly oak, often maple and occasionally beech, ash or elm. These are all sensible choices, attractive, very durable, finish well with just about any type of product. In the case of oak (okay I admit it, I love the stuff) it is also very flexible in as much as it can be made lighter by bleaching, lime washing or white oiling/waxing, kept neutral by using water based primers and finishes, enhanced by using alcohol based primers (or the latest generation of colour enhancing water based primers) or darkened by staining or smoking.* In short, whatever look you want, with oak you can get it and still have a good floor which can be altered as and when fashion dictates.

Pine Wood Floors

Like all things dictated by human whim (and glossy magazines) very soon oak was passé’, maple mundane and beech boring, we were now entering the Celtic Tiger era (he died of over indulgence in 2008) and now we could buy whatever we wanted and to hell with the consequences. So first up was pitch pine, mostly it wasn’t the real stuff but a ghastly imitation from of all places, Honduras. A nightmare to fit as the boards were wide and very distorted, very often full of large holes which meant high wastage, and containing a very high resin content which made finishing a pain. Also being softwood in most cases it needed serious acclimation time as it was often stored badly at builders merchants, try telling the builder/homeowner the floor needs three weeks (plus) in a heated environment before you’ll lay it!

Cherry Wood Floors

Next up came cherry, now in all fairness it isn’t actually a bad floor but very much “of its time” and therefore dating, you can’t really change it in anyway so you are stuck in a time warp and it’s quite a strong look.

Walnut Floors

Last and very much least in my opinion is the blight that is walnut, if ever there was a look that was done to death and lingered way beyond its time it’s the walnut and cream look. Back to practicalities, with the exception of some American varieties, walnut is by far the most ridiculous choice for flooring that I have come across. To start with it has a very inconsistent density which means that when sanding it you get a lot of “scoop out” of the softer parts of the grain and also those soft areas can really soak up your finishing product as well as being impractical.

Prefinished walnut shows up scratching to a ridiculous degree leading to phone calls within days of fitting from distressed homeowners (still, they should have chosen a catalysed oil finish) and of course leads to much stressing during the fitting process.

Finally of course, when this floor finally does fall off its designer pedestal, there will be absolutely nothing than can be done with its appearance. Before I finish on walnut I just want to point out that the point at which I knew the world had gone mad was when I heard that it had been installed as a sports hall floor somewhere in Northern Ireland, apart from all the above issues, sports hall floors are supposed to be as consistently white as possible to show off the line markings!!

Wood floor staining

The final chapter in this rant against flooring faux pas concerns wood floor staining. In truth, oak (here I go again) is by far the best timber to stain but most of the time when staining is requested it’s in an effort to make a cheap softwood look like quality hardwood, which if you ignore the difference in grain pattern, can be moderately successful. However what is really difficult is when you get a request to match the floor colour to an existing floor, a piece of furniture or a pair of curtains (I kid you not, it happened). Why is this request unreasonable? Well given plenty of time and budget it is achievable, but getting the colour right isn’t just a matter of picking a stain which matters the chosen item. The final colour of the wood is dictated by the stain itself, the type of wood, the original colour of the wood, the level of sanding (rougher wood, darker colour) and the light in the room, so think on before you promise too much!

*Note I haven’t mentioned solvent based finishes, there is no place in anyone’s home for these anymore and even commercially I can only think of one situation where their use is essential.

If you have the legacy of a high maintenance floor that you need some assistance with, or a wood floor that requires restoration, please contact us and we’ll put you in touch with your local floor restoration expert.

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