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Advice

CLEANING KITS

We sell the best floor cleaning kits available to ensure your floors are not damaged and keep them looking awesome.
MOISTURE TESTING CEMENT & TIMBER

It is extremely important to ensure all timber flooring and the cement sub-flooring is at the correct moisture level by obtaining moisture readings. It is equally important to follow the correct acclimatisation process for timber prior to commencing any project. For a small fee I can do moisture testing and advise what kind of my acclimatisation will be required. If the cement slab is new or has been subjected to moisture it would be wise to apply a moisture barrier prior to the installation of flooring. Moisture is definitely without a doubt timber floorings number one enemy, so if there is moisture rising through your homes cement slab applying a moisture barrier first can enable work to begin with peace of mind. Timber Flooring Masters can provide a full moisture proofing service if required.
PROFESSIONAL ADVISE SERVICES

Renovation do it yourself television shows have given many Brisbane homeowners the confidence to attempt most of their own home renovation work. Unfortunately the flooring projects I frequently see often ends up looking extremely average with problems caused by bad installation methods. Trying to save a few dollars commonly does nothing to enhance the look of the house and is false economising.

Another problem that occurs for the average home renovator is to actually keep up the motivation and allow time to properly focus on completing a job once it’s begun. If you need help we can help you get the project back on track, or if you are on a tight budget we may be able to work together by providing consultation and advice or our hands on DIY assistance service using the correct tools and tricks of the trade.
CHOOSING YOUR DREAM FLOOR

I can help you create your perfect masterpiece floor by providing design ideas and options to consider. By listening to your objectives, asking a series of questions and carrying out an inspection we can work together to come up with a winning formula that relates to your budget, your decor and the “feeling” you are looking to create. Different timber species or timber grades alone will definitely work better than another.
FLOOR STAINING & POLISHING

You may be looking for a natural look or a glamorous floor with a real WOW factor. Other considerations may be to have a look to match your furniture, decor, lifestyle or personality. Depending on the “feeling” you are looking to create, your current finances and your decor a certain type of polyurethane polish, oil, wax or staining process will definitely work better than another.
CONSULTATION SERVICE

If you wish to do everything yourself it would be wise to use my consultation service first on an hourly rate to guide you through the correct procedures, equipment, products to use and the best places to get them from.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR FLOOR

• Always keep in mind that water is the biggest enemy of your timber or laminate floor. Water can cause warping, dulling of the finish and buckling. Don’t use steam mops or old fashioned wring mops. It is best to use a spray bottle containing a cleaning solution with a damp cloth base swivel mop. Timber Flooring Masters have full maintenance kits available to purchase.

• Wipe up wet spills promptly with a dry cloth or paper towels. If necessary, use a dampened cloth for sticky spills. Make sure you completely dry the floor with another soft cloth or paper towel.

• Accumulation of dust and dirt on timber floors has been referred to as being like attaching sandpaper to the bottom of your shoes and walking around. This is the quickest way to damage the finish of your floors. Daily (or as often as necessary) cleaning should be done with a dust mop, soft broom or vacuum.

• To keep the collection of dirt and dust to a minimum, place mats at all exterior entrances. Of course this won’t stop all the dirt from getting in but it will reduce the amount greatly. Make sure these mats are cleaned on a regular basis.

• Use floor protectors (such as felt pads) under all furniture. Make sure pads are kept clean and in good condition. Replace as often as necessary to prevent wear on the surface of your floor.

• If you must walk on your floors with high heels, make sure they are in good repair to prevent the heel tip from damaging the floor. If exposed, a heel nail can exert up to 8,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, denting any floor surface. The best scenario is to refrain from walking on your floors with any high heels and definitely take them off while dancing about at parties.

• Move large and heavy furniture with care. Use trolleys to move large items or try placing a thick piece of cloth under the item to be moved to prevent scratching and gouging of the floor. You could also try covering each leg with a heavy sock or a tennis ball split open.

• Minimize your floor’s exposure to sun as much as possible by getting tinting or install good light filtering curtains or blinds on windows to prevent sun damage to your floors. Timber polish and wood can oxidize and are affected by the sun’s ultra violet light. This can cause the wood and floor finish to change colour and develop an unsatisfactory look.

• Ball type casters, particularly those made of materials like metals or hard plastics will cause damage to polished floors. Avoid these types of casters and opt instead for non-marking rubber casters or buy a chair mat for your favourite chair to roll on.

• High traffic areas such as directly in front on the kitchen sink may require a mat or runner on the floor as they can wear a lot faster than the rest of the home. Keep an eye on these areas for changes in sheen level and call Timber Flooring Masters for maintenance coats before wearing down polish too far.



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