TLC FOR TIM­BER

Keep your wooden fur­ni­ture and floors in tip-top con­di­tion with this ad­vice from James Tre­ble.

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Keep wooden floors and fur­ni­ture at their best with James’ prac­ti­cal ad­vice.

THERE’S NOTH­ING QUITE LIKE the look and feel of nat­u­ral tim­ber, whether it’s the warmth of rich floor­ing, a stun­ning din­ing ta­ble or a kitchen bench. The grain, tex­ture and ap­peal of tim­ber has long been pop­u­lar for Aus­tralian homes, and it’s been proven to have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on our well­be­ing. But tim­ber is a fin­ish which needs a lit­tle pro­tec­tion, so here’s what to do to keep your tim­ber look­ing its best for years to come.

1 ON THE FLOOR

Pro­tect­ing tim­ber floors starts with a door mat, which helps to pre­vent dirt, gravel and stones en­ter­ing the home. If stuck in shoe soles, these can leave scratch marks, of­ten in the mid­dle of a hall­way or room. It’s also im­por­tant to sweep or vac­uum of­ten, as even small amounts of dust can hide abra­sive ma­te­ri­als that will scratch the floor when you move around the room. Most wooden floors have a pro­tec­tive

coat­ing, such as a sol­vent-based prod­uct like polyurethane which should be main­te­nance-free for about 10 years, or an oil-based fin­ish which usu­ally re­quires pol­ish­ing once or twice a year. Due to is­sues like tox­i­c­ity and dry­ing times, wa­ter-based prod­ucts are more com­monly used these days. Some com­pa­nies pro­vide tim­ber spe­cific prod­ucts to en­sure the best re­sult and longevity of tim­ber floor­ing. New to the mar­ket is In­ter­grain’s Ul­traFloorPro, a two-pack wa­ter-based prod­uct which pro­vides an ex­tremely durable fin­ish de­signed for high traf­fic ar­eas and can be ap­plied and com­pleted within a day.

Be­fore tak­ing on large sand­ing, seal­ing or stain­ing tasks, dis­cuss your

floor­ing type with a pro­fes­sional. In many cases the ex­ist­ing fin­ish must be com­pletely re­moved and stripped back be­fore a new fin­ish is ap­plied.

2 FAB­U­LOUS FUR­NI­TURE

Tim­ber is the most pop­u­lar fin­ish for din­ing ta­bles, side­boards, cof­fee ta­bles and an­tiques. These are “big ticket” items, so it makes sim­ple sense to look after them and avoid dam­age from gen­eral day-to-day use.

Tim­ber sur­faces can be pro­tected with place­mats, coast­ers and even table­cloths. Clean the top of the sur­faces reg­u­larly as even a layer of dust can scratch the sur­face if left too

Spit and pol­ish Pro­tect and en­hance tim­ber’s nat­u­ral glow with reg­u­lar pol­ish­ing. Dam­age con­trol If din­ing fur­ni­ture isn’t on a rug, use rub­ber cups or felt pads to pro­tect floor­boards.

Po­si­tion, po­si­tion Fur­ni­ture may fade, darken or crack if placed in di­rect sun­light.

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