What’s Special About Our Handcrafted Wax Oiled Floors?
Turgon custom floors are made with great attention to detail, using a range of traditional techniques of hand applied wax oils and stains. Our Natural Earth Range offers a deep lustre finish, while our Classic Earth Range offers a slightly softer tone.
Our wax oil finishes are tough, fully maintainable and easy to clean.
No machine finish can compare to a hand finished floor, and can never produce a finish as durable.
Your Choices in Wood Floor Finishes
HARD WAX OIL v. LACQURS v. UV LACQUERED
Turgon specialises in all kinds of wood finishes, so we can offer both hard wax oil and lacquers, and will always produce a lacquered floor if requested. But if you’re looking for a floor that will stand the test of time, then there’s no choice. Here’s the technical difference:
A Lacquer forms a protective 'skin' over the wood surface, and other than cleaning regularly, it requires no maintenance. You can choose from mat, silk or gloss lacquer. Gloss is tougher than mat and it leaves a beautiful mirror finish. But not for long. If you scratch a lacquered floor, then there is nothing you can do about it, especially if you penetrate the lacquer completely and go through to the wood. This can happen quite easily with sharp stones left on shoes that people bring in to either domestic or commercial areas. A badly scratched lacquered floor looks untidy very quickly.
There is only one thing you can do to refresh a lacquered floor, and that is to sand the entire area, not just the damaged area. It's time consuming, costly, inconvenient, and more importantly, a waste of wood. Each sanding requires you to lose at least 0.5 – 1mm of wood. UV.
UV Lacquered UV Oiled
AUV curing and finishing was introduced in the 1960’s with the intention of speeding up the finishing process, and removing the need for storage, so greatly reducing the amount of time needed to hold on to goods. Finishing wood flooring with UV lights is done for the same reason, which is simply to speed up the finishing process, get it in the box, and into the home as quickly as possible. However, UV finished wooden floors cannot be maintained, nor can scratches be repaired. Once the finish begins to wear, the floor will need re sanding. They are also tend to be dull in appearance, and can never have the body or lustre of a professional hard wax oil finish.
Hard Wax Oil
Hard Wax Oils work in a completely different way. The oil part of the component sinks into the wood leaving it rich and natural looking, whilst the wax part forms a hard protective coating that, with simple maintenance, just gets better and better over time, not to mention tougher over the years. It repels water, cleans really easily, and is really simple to maintain. A hard wax oiled floor can breath, and unlike lacquer, doesn't crack, peel, flake or blister. We only ever recommend hard wax oil finishes in high traffic areas.