Lynnsey Schneider writes: My husband and I are renovating an old house with parquet floors which are very dark and need to be sanded and resealed. The finishes I’ve been shown are all rather dark and I’m worried they’ll make the rooms gloomy. Do you have any suggestions for a lighter finish, preferably using ecofriendly, kid-safe products?
Frikkie Greeff replies: Parquet floors in older houses are usually made of Rhodesian teak and, due to the age of the floors, the wood will tend to be slightly darker in colour as a result of natural oxidisation. After sanding the wood, the floors will appear lighter but will darken again as soon as you apply something that feeds and protects the wood. This is similar to the effect of applying moisturising cream to very dry skin: upon rehydration, the skin will immediately revert to its natural tone. We found that applying a glossy coating to a floor combats the effect of a dark appearance as the reflection of natural and artificial light makes the room look larger and brighter. Try applying Woodoc 25 Satin Floor Sealer; it’s completely safe and non-toxic once dry – the only ingredient in Woodoc 25 that may be harmful is the solvent, mineral turpentine, which evaporates – so please keep your doors and windows open and ensure good airflow while the product dries. Please note that proper preparation is key to obtaining a successful end result, as is maintenance and care. For more on this, please do not hesitate to call our toll-free helpline 0800 411 200 or visit woodoc.com.
* Frikkie Greeff is the managing director of Woodoc.