Enhance The Charm Of Your Wood Floor With The Carver Omeg-Art Floor Lacquer
When selecting a treatment product that will be used for your wood floor, different factors come into focus. Take the level of traffic handled in the premises for instance. Your choice between one-component and two-component lacquers will depend on how busy the premises is, with the higher traffic premises being served better with the extra protection that comes with two-component lacquers. The type of finish itself is key too. For example, two of the major types are oil-based and water-based finishes. Oil-based finishes come with depth, adding to the character of the wood. However, they produce more VOC compounds and take longer to dry, where a minimum of 48 hours drying time is usually required. Many of the oil-based varnishes also tend to form a yellow hue over time which affects the décor of the indoor space. On the other hand, water-based varnishes have quicker drying times where you can typically resume using the floor within a day, and they are usually non-yellowing. Speaking of aesthetics, the gloss level of the product also matters, as it will affect the ambience of the space. Do you want a glossy finish, or a matt result? Take this into account when choosing between the different options that are available.
For establishments where there are high risks of slip and fall accidents, going for products with higher slip resistance is key, and this is indicated on the product label, with the specific standard that the formulation adheres to. This is also required when treating buildings like indoor arenas, where the focus is on minimising the risks that the athletes are exposed to. Here, we will look at the Carver Omeg-Art Floor Lacquer, which actually meets the UNI EN 13036-4:2004 standards on slipperiness, adding to the traction of the floor and making it safer to walk on. Here are more benefits that it brings to the installation:
The water-based Carver Omeg-Art Floor Lacquer sets a high resistance barrier of protection on the floor surface. This wards off the wear effects that the underlying wood floor would be exposed to, enabling it to retain its structural integrity for longer. This treatment can be applied onto wood or cork floors, enhancing their abrasion and chemical resistance.
- Enhance the natural beauty of the floor
That characteristic charm that drew you to the wood floor is maintained. The natural appeal of the installation, from the colours to the grain patterns, get to feature more prominently with the Carver Omeg-Art Floor Lacquer, accentuating the interior space. The final gloss that you obtain will depend on the version of the finish that you work with, and this can be Semi-Gloss, Satin, Matt or the Natural-Effect formulation. The Carver Omeg-Art Natural -Effect in particular has been formulated for use on light coloured wood floors.
- Safe treatment
With this lacquer, you won’t have to worry about the indoor space getting filled with toxic fumes. It’s free from substances like N-Methylpyrrolidone and N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone that are problematic when dealing with other finishes in the market, making this a safer alternative that will provide your floor the protection required without putting the persons on the premises at risk.
- Flexible application
For starters, the water-based finish can be spread onto the floor using a brush, roller, spray or curtain coater. The Carver Omeg-Art Floor Lacquer can be applied with different approaches, depending on the desired end-result. These include:
- Rapid water cycle
Simply use the Carver Fast water-based primer with the lacquer.
- Application to retain the wood colour
Use any of these primers: FONDO 300, EPSILON MAT and AQUAHIT MAT, followed by 1 or 2 coats of the Carver Omeg-Art Floor Lacquer.
- For light coloured wood – where you get to retain the wood colour
Here, use the Carver Omeg-Art NATURAL EFFECT Floor Lacquer for the first two coats applied on the surface, then top it off with one coat of the alternative variations for the finish layer depending on the gloss effect.
- Colour change
Do you want to get the colour-change effect that is seen with solvent-based finishes? Here, use the Omeg-Art Floor Lacquer with the water-based primer Carver RAFFELLO.
- Colour toning
This will need a solvent-based sealer, where it is recommended that you use Carver FONDO K2 07. Apply a single coat of the sealer onto the floor, then wait for at least 6 hours before lightly abrading the surface with 180-220 grit sandpaper (Note that the sanding should be done within a maximum 48 hours after the sealer has been applied). After this, add a layer of any preferred Carver Omeg-Art Floor Lacquer except the NATURAL EFFECT variation.
Extra Issues To Avoid When Caring For Your Wood Floor
To preserve the integrity of the floor for longer, there are some mistakes that you should be keen to avoid. These include:
- Mopping with harsh cleaners
The conventional detergents used for cleaning tasks around the house are not automatically suitable for working on wood floors. Popular DIY formulations such as ammonia or lemon-based solutions that can be quickly whipped up at home can end up ruining the floor. Avoid vinegar as well. In fact, it is recommended that you only clean the floor with products that have been expressly stipulated to be safe for use on wood floors.
- Using too much water
While it is generally taken to be a universal cleaning agent, water is a threat to your wood floor. This is because wood is hygroscopic, losing or absorbing moisture depending on the moisture gradient with its surrounding. When too much water is used during the cleaning, it will be soaked up by the wood tissue, bringing about risks of cupping and warping.
- Vacuuming blunders
Routine sweeping or vacuuming is a necessity for floor care, since the dirt and debris accumulating onto the surface of the installation slowly abrades it, causing it to age faster. When vacuuming, ideally you should use it with an attachment for wood floors. For other vacuums, simply turn off the brush or beater, since this will cause the floor to get scratched.