OIL OR LACQUER

Alacquered finish sits on top of their timber flooring, instead of entering the timber as an oil-based end will not, and as such is more vulnerable to surface scratching than oil-based finishes. However, this can be circumvented by including a hardener into the lacquer, guarding your flooring. It is important to keep in mind that using a lacquer you are actually walking onto a protective topcoat and not the actual wood; in short, lacquer slows down wear the timber itself.

In so much as touching up your flooring travels a oil finish is far easier to spot repair than a lacquered finish. If any problems arise within an oiled floor, spot repairs can be made in tiny locations and will be unnoticeable whereas, with a lacquered finish, a large area of wear or scratches will need to be sanded back and re-finished to prevent the floor finish appearing darkened.

SHEENS
Concerning sheen, if you’re going for a mild finish — matt will work best for hiding any scrapes, but both gloss and satin sheens may work also. If a darker finish is what you are after, a matt sheen is ideal as scratches can show up much simpler on a satin or gloss finish.

ADDITIONAL FINISH HARDENER
We could add a hardener into any oil or lacquer making a more robust finish for your wooden floors.

COLOUR
We would advise opting for a lighter colour board and complete so if there are any scratches at the topcoat, they will be less noticeable. Instead, if you have your heart set on a darker floor, you might go to get a board that has been treated so the colour penetrates through the thickness of the plank, such as our Deep Smoked, Thermo-baked planks or distressed dark colors from our Regency Collection.

TRY A PAINTED BOARD
Deciding upon a painted board will permit you to quickly touch up any dog-related wear and tear with the paint color you initially finished the floor , or, you could adopt the tear and wear and enjoy a true-to-trend shabby-chic, dog-made distressed look.

LEAVE THE DIRT AT THE DOOR
A mat entrance mat is a fantastic concept to minimise those dirty paws and muddy footprints. Try to keep an old towel close at hand for all those particularly muddy walks.

CLIP THOSE NAILS
Keep your pet’s nails trimmed to avoid those unwanted scuffs and scrapes.

CLEAN UP ANY MESSES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Unfortunately, accidents do occur. Whether there aren’t any puddles left from your own pooch, wash them up as rapidly as possible. Urine is contaminated and will stain the floor if it is left uncleaned for a long time.

MAINTAINING YOUR FLOORS
Hardwood flooring needs regular maintenance to help keep it looking as good as fresh. The under Chaunceys approved Saicos products will help protect and maintain the floor, to keep it looking beautiful for many years to come regardless of the damage that your dogs may do.

FOR THOSE MUDDY PAW PRINTS
Eco Wash Care — an environmentally friendly and PH neutral floor cleaner. Cleaning with clean care weekly is essential if you would like to maintain the natural beauty of your hardwood flooring.

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