Non Toxic Floors Australia
Questions and Answer Page
Why are Polyurethane water based timber coatings better?
Polyurethane water based timber finishes contain water instead of solvents and are therefore better for the environment, being low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and easier to clean up. Brushes and other application equipment can be washed up in water, whereas those used for solvent based finishes need to be washed up in turpentine or thinners. Polyurethane water based products are also quicker to dry, which often means you can apply all the coats required within one day.
What are VOCs?
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are petroleum based solvents that evaporate from the coating can go on for 8 to 10 years after the solvent based coating is applied. These compounds contribute to air pollution.
What is the durability?
Maintaining and caring for such a valuable asset as your floor can make a substantial impact on how long it will look great for, and also how long it may be before a new refurbishment coat may be required. Durability of the coating on timber floors varies as to the amount of traffic and the bringing of outside grit into the house. These are a few handy tips to remember; it is always a good idea to have entrance matting at the door so that outside grit can be brushed off before entering the house. Removing outdoor shoes and only wearing indoor shoes inside helps to reduce surface scratches.
How many coats do we apply and how long will it take?
We apply three coats of low VOC polyurethane timber floor coating made by Enviro Floors – a base coat and then two top coats. The second coat will look a bit ruff, we call that grain raising so we lightly sand and vacuum ready for application of 3rd coat. Drying time is approximately 2 to 8 hours per coat and you can move furniture back 24 – 48 hours after last coat depending on your time frame. All furniture must be lifted and rugs and mats can be placed on floor after 2 weeks. Timber Decks receive 2 coats.
Can you pull-up my old floor coverings?
Yes or we can arrange it for you, please feel free to ask our salesperson for more information. Extra charges will apply if there is any of the following glue, paint and/or other substances on the floor which are seen after the proposal or when the customer pulls the floor coverings up.
Will I have to move my own furniture out of the way for the job to start?
All of your furniture must be moved by yourself, or you can use a removalist company. Plus take paintings, plates and any other objects that may be of your concern for you.because vibrations do funny things to objects.
What can we do about water or other substance stains on the floors?
Timber is a porous material and water will stain the timber. In most cases, the timber sanding will remove the stains but the coating will bring them back, but each floor is unique so it will depend greatly on how long the damage/leak has gone on for. Once the stain is there we are unable to remove it in most cases. We are unable to take responsibility if these stains/coatings/etc affect the coating going on your floor afterwards. It can take up to four years in some cases for the marks or patches to appear this is why we do not like to do WC’s. If we do the WC the bowl has to be completely removed. Floorboards will have to be assessed by our quote person after the floor coverings have been lifted as glue/paint can cause blockages in the machinery this will be an extra charge to get glue/paint off the floor. Most glues/adhesive from old vinyl, tile, carpet etc will stain the timber flooring.
What do we do about holes and knots in the floors?
Larger holes may need a piece of wood to be placed under the hole or plugged with a plug of the same material as the timber flooring. We will endeavour to fill the knots in the timber flooring where possible.
Do timber floors change in colour?
Yes they do. When you have to do a cross join on your timber floor (your old floor may be 5-10-30 years old or more) the colour between the two areas will be different. They will not match.
Do we stain the floorboards?
Staining a timber floor is not recommended but with our process in staining timber floors with 40 years of experience we recommend staining the whole floor and then applying 3 coats of low VOC polyurethane timber floor coating made by Enviro Floors.
Do we fill the gaps between the floorboards?
Gaps between the floorboards should not be filled. Gaps between the boards are not filled because shrinkage, expansion in timber will cause edge bonding and cracking in the filler.
What’s under your house?
We advise that all furniture and vehicles are removed from underneath your home and/or deck whilst the floor sanding and finishing is being carried out. If you have no other alternative, please make sure that everything is completely covered as we will not take responsibility for any coating spilling through floor boards onto items underneath the home or decks.
What kind of power will you need for the job?
The job will require that we use power on site. Each room must have at least one power point and we will require 240 volts to those power points with no builder power poles or having power leads from next door.
Can you re-coat polished timber floors?
Re-coating can be done any time that you feel it is necessary. When recoating boards that have been polished previously we take no responsibility of any problems that may occur. Silicone on a floor will cause rejection of subsequent coats of polyurethane, products containing silicone include ironing spray, hair spray, fly spray. NB: Down lights can produce a cobweb effect on the coatings.
Maintaining your Polished timber floors?
Maintaining and caring for such a valuable asset as your floor can make a substantial impact on how long it will look great for, and also how long it may be before a new refurbishment coat may be required.
Durability of the coating on timber floors varies as to the amount of traffic and the bringing of outside grit into the house.
These are a few handy tips to remember; it is always a good idea to have entrance matting at the door so that outside grit can be brushed off before entering the house. Removing outdoor shoes and only wearing indoor shoes inside helps to reduce surface scratches.
When it comes to wood, too much and too hot water is a no-no and can ruin your floors! Excessive wet patches can stain timber flooring and can even result in expanded and warped boards. The correct mop and mopping technique will prolong the life and beauty of your wooden floors, protecting your investment.
A mop water solution that is! Many people recommend using just water and vinegar.
If you care about your floors, don’t add anything harsh to the mop water like bleach or ammonia. Using a dedicated wood floor solution or just a little soap in the mop water will ensure dirt is better lifted and bring back that beautiful timber gleam.
If you want to add floor cleaners to your mop bucket? Buy this product: Enviro Floors 3in1.
Floor sanding and coating timber decks
Non Toxic Floors Australia will prepare your timber deck surface before applying our Enviro Deck finish to your deck. Just as you wouldn’t wax your sports car without thoroughly washing it first, you shouldn’t apply any sort of coating on a deck without adequate cleaning. Timber decks need regular maintenance, otherwise they risk becoming discoloured and affected by moisture, weathering and disintegration.
Will I have to move my own furniture out of the way for the job to start?
All of your furniture must be moved by yourself or you can use a removalist company. Plus take other objects that may be of your concern for you. Because vibrations can do funny things to objects.
Putting Furniture Back?
Drying time is approximately 2 to 8 hours per coat and you can move furniture back 3 days after last coat has been applied depending on weather. All furniture must be lifted.
How long does Enviro Deck last?
Depending on the amount of weather your deck receives and the type of product you’ve chosen to use, you should be looking to recoat every 6-18 months. Under ideal conditions, where the recommend preparation has been carried out, and the correct film thickness has been applied, Enviro Deck will last approximately 3 times longer than a traditional decking oil, depending on the degree of exposure of the timber to the elements (for example, a sheltered deck will last longer than a highly exposed beach house deck).
Enviro Deck is also a semi transparent protective finish that not only penetrates into the timber but it also forms a protective coating on the surface for added protection. The tint helps to protect the timber from UV attack and will help maintain the timber colour for longer. Enviro Deck is ideal for using on new timber, timber that has retained its colour, or weathered timber whose colour can be revived by sanding back or by using Enviro Deck Wash.
What is Ribbed part of the decking?
The ribbed part of the decking has ribbing carved into it along the length of the timber. The grooves may be on one or both sides of the timber. Originally, the ribbed part of the decking were designed to be laid downwards to allow air movement around the joists they were laid onto to help prevent rotting. However, the ribbed part of the decking is often laid upwards as many believe they stop slipping. However this is not the case as the grooves trap water and encourage the growth of algae which makes the surface more slippery. Coatings applied to ribbed part of the deck have a shorter lifespan than those applied to smooth, un-ribbed part of the decks.
Can I use Enviro Deck on a deck previously coated with a oil based decking oil?
*Yes, if the timber has weathered and lost all water repellence (test by seeing if water still beads on the surface). The timber should then be cleaned with Enviro Deck Wash and Enviro Deck applied. If the timber is water repellent, the deck can be left to weather further (until it no longer water beads) or it can be sanded back.
Can Enviro Deck be used over DWD?
No. DWD must be thoroughly removed back to bare timber. A combination of Intergrain Liquid 8 Paint Remover and power washing, or sanding is recommended. Then clean all timber with Intergrain Reviva Timber Cleaner closely following label instructions. Ensure surface is rinsed clean and allowed to thoroughly dry. Test if the surface is ready for coating by sprinkling water on the timber. If the water beads on the surface repeat the application of Enviro Deck Wash.
Do I need to wait before coating my new deck?
If the timber is new then it is recommended that you wait approximately 4 to 6 weeks before preparing the deck with Enviro Deck Wash and then coating your deck with a decking Enviro Deck Coating. Tannin rich and oily timbers may require longer. Timber is ready for coating when all the tannins and oils have leeched from the timber. To speed up the weathering process, wash the deck as often as possible, which will assist the leeching process. Decking can be made from a range of timber, for example Cypress Pine, Treated Pine, Blackbutt, Red or Grey Ironbark, White Mahogany, Spotted Gum, Tallow wood, Merbau, Kwila and Jarrah.
My deck has gone grey, do I have to stain it now to have a timber coloured deck?
By using Enviro Deck Wash you can bring back the colour of the natural wood depending on the age of the timber. Enviro Deck Wash will remove dead grey fibres and any dirt, oils and tannins. Once the timber has dried, you’ll be able to apply Enviro Deck coating.
If I have sanded my deck/exterior timber do I still need to wash it with Enviro Deck Wash?
Yes, to ensure the timber is properly prepared for coating. When the timber is sanded the process draws out the natural oils that can sometimes create a waxy finish. This waxy finish can prevent the timber finishes from adhering properly. Washing with Enviro Deck Wash ensures that the timber is ready for coating.
How do I sand my deck if the screws are projecting above the timber surface?
Unfortunately, as screws cannot be punched in like nails, you will have to either remove and/or counter sink each screw.