Natural floors have enjoyed unflagging popularity for many years. Recently, the product of the day in interior design is an antiquated floor - with explicit drawing of grains and a characteristic appeal reflecting the raw beauty of wood.
In the pursuit of nature
Natural aging of wood is a long-term process. The surface of a raw material slightly changes its color in response to various factors. The floor's utilization results in the occurrence of cracks, scratches, dents, and traces of mechanical damaging.
The final appearance of retro floors is the effect of substances used for their production as well as intentional, mechanical processing activities. The most satisfying results are guaranteed by aging those wood species which maintain their natural durability and resistance despite being antiquated. The most popular one is classic oak. It is characterized by a rich grain pattern and natural discoloration. The floor ageing process involves several stages. Firstly, the material ready for mechanical treatment undergoes initial planning and next, such planed boards are cut to final dimensions.
In order for our floor to imitate the beauty of old wood, we need to bear in mind that the imperfections must look very natural. The most popular aging method is undoubtedly brushing. Brushes remove soft parts of a grain leaving only hard elements. Additionally, brushing highlights a beautiful, natural drawing of grains and brings out a fiber arrangement typical for the raw material. The process makes the floor more resilient to wear and its structure more pleasant to touch.
The color of raw beauty
The next step in the floor aging process is coloring. Its final effect is dependent on the right selection of a raw material. If we choose wood with high content of chemically reactive elements we will achieve the desired color more easily.
The floor will have a raw and elegant color, characteristic for the species, right after the completion of mechanical damaging processes. There are many different ways to change a natural color. Manufacturers apply various raw material shade-alteration techniques. Thus making the floor more original and unique.
After coloring, the planks are moved onto the oiling line, where their surface is preserved with a transparent, natural oil-wax infiltrating the structure of wood and protecting it against scratches and damage.
A perfectly imperfect floor for many years
To ensure additional protection of edges and cracks against dampness, soon after fitting the floor must be preserved with an impregnant from a professional cosmetics line. In order to enjoy the beauty of an antiquated floor over the years, we must remember about a few basic principles of its daily upkeep. The principles are the same for all planks and parquets made of a natural raw material. Following the floor's installation, we should avoid an excessive mechanical load, systematically remove dirt, use soft footwear and felt pads fitted to furniture as well as delicate sweepers and a vacuum cleaner with a soft ending.