wfaWood FlooringAssociation pror._1sby CIlIa 1Nfawood Association Flooring b Professionals yChoice About the Wood Sanding and Coating Flooring Association of Timber Floors The Wood Flooring Association (Victoria), originally the Victorian Floor Layers & Finishers Association. was A Brief, Professional Guidefor formed in 1992 with a single goal in mind; "To ensure that owners of wood Customers. floors could be offered the best possible professional results by a group of industry professionals dedicated to This handout has been prepared to quality results". Since then, our tell you a little more about what to association has grown, necessitating on- expect, and what not to expect, from going training and independent on-site work audits of all members in an attempt a timber floor sanded and coated by to maintain our high quality standards. a Wood Flooring Association The WFA Committee is in constant Member. communication with members, suppliers Striving for the highest in Industry and manufacturers to ensure that all members are kept as up to date as Standards, all Wood Flooring possible with the latest technological Association Members are some of advances and methodology. the best in the business. Continually Association Members guarantee their trained and informed about the workmanship based upon the Minimum latest in sanding and coating Standards required. techniques and products, our Working with Chisholm Institute ofT AFE, members are independently audited Wood Flooring Association Members are trained in many aspects of their work. Our to retain their membership status. Training is supported by: . . . Housing Industry Association Master Builders Association Timber Promotion Council Put simply, timber flooring is a big investment and getting it right the and subsidised by the Government first time is an investment in your peace of mind. That's why you Wood Flooring Association PO Box 369 should choose the services of a Carnegie VIC 3163 Wood Floor Association Member. Phone/Fax: (03) 9563 4166 WHAT NOT TO EXPECT WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM FLOORS PROFESSIONALLY SANDED A completely dust free finish. It is AND COATED BY A WFA MEMBER impossible to have a "clean room" environment and so there will always . Quality sanding and coating. be some dust particles in the air that may settle on the wet coating. These . All visible nails punched and filled using an appropriate colour timber dust particles will appear as small "stipples" in the finished floor putty. Putty colour will approximate the colour of the darker boards surface that will walk off quite within a floor. quickly in traffic areas. Removal of deep cuts such as those . Nail holes, knot holes and gaps at the end boards to be filled with from carpet trimming knives or deep gouges in the boards. This deep cuts appropriate filler. & gouges will often appear darker in . Some variation in colour and grain colour. between new and old boards. Removal of all stains by the sanding . Black japanning or stain around the process. Animal urine stains and perimeter of some older timber may water marks within the boards and produce a finished floor with a two- around nail holes are often tone effect. impossible to successfully sand out. . All timber floors will expand and Filling of gaps between the boards. contract according to the These gaps are not filled because environment. Floor movement is subsequent shrinkage and expansion quite normal and to be expected. in the timber will often cause cracking in the filler. . A coating that will provide many years of beauty providing that it is Do not expect boards damaged by properly maintained. borers or other insects to have the same gloss level as those in good condition. The gloss level on insect . Some lighting, particularly down lights will produce a visible, fine, effected boards will almost always circular scratched effect on the floor. be lower. High gloss finishes will tend to accentuate this effect that often Do not expect any areas filled with reduces over time. putty to have the same feel as the timber after application of coatings. . Some slight markings on skirting boards from contact with the edger All paintwork should be properly dry machine. before application of polyurethane to the floor. It is best to leave most . Any silicone and other products on a paints 2 weeks to fully cure. (refer to floor may cause rejection with paint manufacturers directions). subsequent coats of polyurethane. Silicone or silicone based products include Fabulon, Hair Spray, Fly Spray, Cleaning Agents etc.
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