How to Maintain Timber Flooring in High Traffic Areas

How to Maintain Timber Flooring in High Traffic Areas

High traffic applications such as bars, restaurants, lobbies, busy retail stores are extremely demanding environments for a timber floor. From constant food and drink spills, to foot traffic, wheeled equipment and more, its easy to see how even the most durable lacquer-finished floor can start to deteriorate. Read on to find out what can you do to ensure the longevity of a timber floor in these applications. Please note: This article is specific to any lacquer finished flooring supplied by Forté

Maintaining timber flooring in a high traffic area

Additional protection

In particularly demanding high traffic environments such as bars, restaurants and lobbies etc, we recommend applying two additional coats of Bona Traffic HD lacquer to your Forté lacquer finished floor directly after installation. Before this is done, the floor surface will need to be lightly skimmed prior to provide a rough surface for the lacquer to bond to. If carried out correctly this procedure should affect only the surface coating - the timber wear layer underneath should remain intact. The complete process should be carried out only by an approved applicator.

Why Bona Traffic HD? This product is the world's toughest and fastest drying lacquer, formulated specially for wooden floors exposed to extreme wear - it is a fast curing product which allows full traffic to be resumed in just 12 hours. This makes it perfect for use in workplaces, shops and hospitality outfits - the floor can be coated overnight and ready by the next morning!

Deep clean (as often as required)

After a period of time (largely depending on the level of traffic and floor texture), timber flooring in high traffic areas can accumulate a buildup of dirt and grime. When it gets to this stage, your floor should be deep cleaned. This can be done with a Bona power scrubber – the process is outlined in our article 'How to Clean Timber Flooring in High Traffic Areas'.

Coating refresh (every 12+ months)

If the lacquer coating on your timber floor is lightly scratched or starting to look dull, it’s probably time for the coating to be refreshed. To refresh an existing Forté lacquer finished floor in a high traffic area, first ensure your floor has been deep cleaned as mentioned above. Following this the floor surface should to be lightly skimmed then coated with 2 coats of Bona Traffic HD lacquer. The complete process should be carried out by an approved applicator. For more information contact us using the link below.

In high traffic areas we recommend the Bona Traffic HD lacquer coating to be refreshed every 12+ months (depending on the level of wear) by an approved applicator. Before each application the floor should be cleaned with a power scrubber to remove any dirt or debris from the surface. The floor surface will also need to be lightly skimmed again prior to each application.

Complete resand (for badly scratched or damaged floors)

If your timber floor is badly scratched or damaged, it may require more serious attention. You may consider having it sanded back and refinished. In sanding back the floor, approx 1mm of the timber wear layer is usually removed - this helps to smooth out any dents and scratches. It is important to note that in this sanding and refinishing process you will lose any brushing or textured effect on your floor surface. After sanding the floor will then need to be refinished with the product of your choice - we recommend working with a professional applicator to find a suitable product to achieve your desired look.

If you would like any information or contacts for cleaning, sanding or coating your timber flooring please contact us.

Date Added: Thursday, 5th September 2019