The Ultimate Maintenance Guide is here!

The Ultimate Maintenance Guide

everything you need and must know about keeping your wooden floor healthy and beautiful

 Welcome to Wood You Like's comprehensive maintenance guide, filled with tips, examples, advice and videos to show you how easy, simple and necessary wood floor care is.

 Every wood floor needs - simple - care

A wooden floor is a wonderful lively and natural floor covering, more and more home owners are installing (or restoring) this type of flooring:

  • it's beautiful
  • it's eco-friendly
  • it's anti-allergic
  • it's clean
  • it's healthy
  • it's long lasting
  • it's practical
  • plus it can add value to the home

But no matter what type of wood floor or finish you have, the surface of the wood floor needs a bit of TLC once in a while to keep its healthy and grand appearance. The best comparison you can make is with your own skin: to keep this important part of the body healthy we often - daily - treat it with feeding and moisturising creams or lotions etc. A flaky, dry skin doesn't look good plus it will not effectively protect your body against outside (harmful) influences.

Just like you want to look great and healthy, your wooden floor will look at its best when it's been taken care of regularly.

What this guide will show you

A splash of lotion on your skin is easily applied, and so is treating your wooden floor! That's one of the things this guide will show you - and we'll be using videos to really show you how easy this is.

This guide contains:

  • what absolutely NOT TO DO
  • why floor care is important
  • a maintenance plan
  • stain removing tips - just in case
  • how to restore your parquet floor without sanding
  • images and videos
  • recommended high quality products and tools
  • vouchers to use in Wood You Like's secure online shop
  • and more

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The Importance of the wet finger test!

Bare wood - no matter if it is a new floor or a sanded down one - looks quite pale, dull even. Applying a finish - any natural finish - will bring out the wood-species natural colouring, which can be rather different than its pale beginnings.

Surprise, surprise!

This week we received a phone call from a lady, who had bought and installed reclaimed Oak wood-blocks. After sanding the floor down she'd used a tester pot of Osmo HardWaxOil and was very surprised to see her Oak floor turn pinky.

She had been expecting a warm honey colour, the typical characteristic colouring of Oak:

Oak after it receive a natural finish 

But instead her "Oak" floor showed a pink tone:

Red Oak, after it received a natural finish, looks pinkier than Oak Beech - unsteamed - with a natural finish will not look like Oak

(example 1: American Red Oak, Example 2: Beech - which belongs to the same family as Oak

When I asked her to do the "wet finger" test on a bare area of the wood floor the result was again a pinky tone, and not as she had hoped the typical Oak colour.

The result of this simple and oh so effective test told me the wood-species was something different than Oak. But it had been sold to here as Oak, she told me. Well, American Red Oak is Oak, although I'm not even sure the seller had known the difference him or her self, because as said in the beginning of this article: bare wood of different species can look pretty much alike, especially if the grain structure is rather the same.

The lady in question felt rather disappointed ("bummer" was the word she used after discovering the result of the wet finger test) and didn't really know what to do next, perhaps she will stain it an Oak colour now.

The importance of the wet finger test!

The importance of the wet finger test on bare wood

Especially when you are in the market for reclaimed wood blocks, no matter if it is on offer on Ebay, in a local shop or reclamation yard, you'll have to be sure the wood-species are as claimed.

Two simple tools you have to have with you: one finger and a piece of sanding paper.

  • For bare wood blocks: simply wet your finger and place this on the block(s). This will show you its natural colour after you applied a natural finish and could prevent disappointment afterwards. (After you bought the lot, cleaned of the bitumen, glued down your pattern, sanded the floor smooth and level and applied your natural finish - only to make the same discovery as the lady who'd called us in a panic!)
  • For "finished" blocks: use the sand paper to clear off the finish of part of the block, then do the wet finger test. The finish could be a stain, disguising the original species.

Also use the sand paper if an apparent bare block doesn't change in colour after the wet finger test - a sure sign there is a finish on the block.

(On Ebay it could be a bit difficult doing these tests, best is always to have a sample send out to you).

Know the result before you start

 As you can see, it is really simple to know the result of any natural finish applied to bare (sanded) wood long before you start all the hard work: use the "wet finger" test and never be surprised again!

3 Myths on Maintenance

On the subject of maintaining your wooden floor, we receive plenty of questions (by email or over the phone) from many wooden floor owners. Some are straightforward, others we have to do some "de-mything" work.

Myth 1: Lacquer floors don't need maintenance?

Yes, they do! A varnish or lacquer finish on a wooden floor is in fact a very thin film on top of it. If this thin layer is damaged - by whatever means - the wood is no longer protected against dirt and drips and can show dark, black spots when the floor doesn't receive regular maintenance. This maintenance also keeps the finish layer stronger, plus "fills" small scratches.
In the event your wooden floor is riddled with scratches, sanding down is the only solution to restore it to its previous glory.

 Myth 2: oiled floors need re-oiling every year?

No, they don't! An oiled floor only ever needs re-oiling when - if ever! - you sand it down to the (almost) bare wood.
What an oiled floor does need - and varnished/lacquer floors too, see above - is regular maintenance with a polish or a wax. The advantage of an oil floor is that, when treated regular, it will become even more beautiful over time, plus it will keep the wood protected against almost everything you can throw at it. Ths products are none-slippery on their own, just be aware that too much applied will not be all absorbed by your floor and can make the floor - temporarily - slippery.

Myth 3: maintenance is cumbersome!

buffing blockNo, absolutely not! Especially with the modern maintenance products it takes only a few minutes to treat your floor to its "beauty regime", one product even comes is a spray - now how easy is that?
But even is you prefer to buff your floor after you've applied old-fashion wax there is a very handy and ecological tool which can help you to make light work of it: our cast-iron buffing block. It weights 7 kg and will do the hard work for you, all you have to do is push and pull - standing upright, no longer on your hands and knees.

Believe me, maintaining your floor is as easy as hovering or sweeping it regularly. For more tips and advice on maintenance, why not request our maintenance leaflet - we are in the process of creating The Ultmate Maintenance Guide which will go even deeper into the subject -but this leaflet tells you how easy it really is.

We're moving!

From High Street Retailer to Online E-tailer: your one-stop-online-shop


We're moving!
At the end of this month, our Charing "High Street" showroom will close. Since most of our sales are now generated online (and over the phone) it is time to make the move from High Street Retailer to Online E-tailer.

The success of Wood You Like's "Full Colour Online Wooden Floor Range Brochures" will give everyone the best "view" how the wooden floor of your choice can/will look in your own home, while the secure online shop caters for all the fitting, finishing and maintenance products your natural wooden floor needs.
And of course, the "Ask Us" service will answer all of your wooden floor related questions almost as soon as we receive it, plus we're always on the phone to help out - during normal office hours.

Our services: installation and restoration of natural wooden flooring, plus the Wooden Floor Inspection Team will of course continue as normal, it is only the "High Street" showroom that'll close its doors - seeing as there are too few people venturing in to keep it open.

Weekly online offers


Starting from now, the secure online shop will have a "Weekly Offer" - every week on Monday we will select one product that can be purchased at a discounted price, from maintenance polish to even a specific wooden floor type.

This week's offer


Any 0.75 ltr Saicos HardWaxOil tin (available in 4 sheens), this week with 10% discount.
Each tin covers 10 sq m in two coats, so very economical usage too and of cource complient with all VOC regulations.


One house, different floor types

We recently moved home to a nice small village. The house (rented) has carpets and some laminate flooring. The carpets - although we prefer wooden floors of course, but you can't have it all - are all different. Different in colours and in patterns. And why not?

Sometimes clients in our own showroom are doubting between two or even three different floor types, be it the wood-species or the finish (colour or effect). Some are bold enough to select all their favourites and have two or three different floor types installed. And why not?

20/6 Wenge Wood-engineered and Oak Herringbone


We recently installed two very different floor types in one home: pre-oiled Wenge 20/6 Wood-engineered boards - above in the kitchen/garden room area and - see picture below - Oak Herringbone (10mm thick on industrial grade Oak mosaic subfloor) in the library


And why not? Every room has its own character, its own - unique - interior design style. So why not add the most appropriate wooden floor type to it? There's nothing wrong with mixing styles in your home, it just adds character to your room.

There's plenty of choices in wooden flooring styles, absolutely no need to restrict yourself to only one type of floorboard or pattern. Like our client above, treat yourself - and of course your home - to two, three or even more styles. You know you want to ;-)

Have a browse amongst all the wooden floor types and styles we can offer to you in our Wood Floor Ranges section (and if you request our online full colour brochures you can see almost every floor installed in various interiors, to give you the best indication of how it will look in your own situation).

Go on, be bold!

How to financially prepare yourself for home renovation

If you have been planning a home renovation over the past few years, now is the time to do it. House prices have remained largely stagnant since 2010, borrowing for mortgages has almost completely dried up, particularly for first-time buyers but there are signs of improvement in 2013. The Bank of England is more optimistic about next year, as are banks and lenders. Inflation should start to level off at the end of the year and lending should become easier. House prices also look set to rise next year. This is good news is you want to sell. Use this final 12 months strategically; a home renovation could significantly increase the value of your property and help you make a tidy profit when the market picks up next year.

Here are some practical tips to financially prepare you for a home renovation:

Take out a short-term fixed rate loan. This time next year the Bank of England’s base interest rate could rise. It is currently just 0.5% and this is helping banks lend at a reasonable level. If you can lock in this rate for 12 months you’re sailing. To get a loan, lenders will carry out a credit check. They do this to make sure you will be able to pay back the loan. Before you use valuable time applying for a loan get a free credit check online to make sure a) your credit report is correct and b) that you are able to get the loan you want. Remember than any loan refusals are noted on your credit history. Credit Expert offers a free credit check online so you can go to your lender prepared without any cost to you.

Save up a contingency. How many times have you watched Grand Designs or Property Ladder and seen couples completely lacking a contingency fund? It is not uncommon. As soon as you decide to go for a home renovation, start putting money aside in a contingency fund. To make this money go further put it in an instant access savings account.

Draw up a detailed budget. This sounds obvious, but so many people don’t bother to draw up a detailed budget; instead they have a ballpark figure they want to aim for – usually all they can afford – and have no idea if its even possible to complete the work on that budget. Do your research; find out how much materials cost and get lots of quotes for labour. Break down your budget into sections so if you go over in one area you can make cut backs in another.



Adding natural wooden flooring to your home, quality wooden flooring professionally installed, can add value to your home instantly. Wood You Like's Online Full Colour borchures can guide you to select the best choice for your interior design wishes

Introduction Buying Guide for Quality Wooden Flooring

We understand that selecting and installing (by us or by yourself) a natural wooden floor is not something you will do every day - some even call it a 'solid' investment (true too, wooden floors will increase the value of your home) and we like well-informed clients. Hence the sharing of our professional (general) knowledge with you: freely and without any obligations.

In a time when many things in your home have a limited life span, and may need replacing several times over the years to come, a quality wooden floor will last several "life times" and should be considered as a part of the integral structure and character of your home. Warm welcoming and enduring, a real wooden floor not only adds character, it really is a wonderful value added part of any property.

One of the many questions we receive (in the inbox, by phone and in our showroom) is often how to start the "buying" process when you are in the market for a new floor covering. Of course we prefer to say: "right here at Wood You Like", but obviously that's not impartial enough - although we do guarantee any wooden floor product you purchase from us is of the highest quality needed for your circumstances, design wishes and budget.


Read on here ....................

Buy one, get on free - lecol/leha maintenance products

Now 9 out of 10 times oiled floors are preferred over varnished/lacquered floor finishes - and most Saicos EcoLine care products suitable for both oiled and varnished finishes; Wood You Like is left with a quantity of maintenance products only suitable for varnish/lacquer finishes.

Hence: Stock Clearance - Buy one, get one free (bogof)

That's right, 50% off the normal retail price (ex VAT), limited quantities in stock, so hurry!

Anti-slip Polish 1 ltr


Mat Polish 1 ltr (V6)


Clean for all finishes 1 ltr


Wax-Remover 1 ltr


Remember: limited stock

and gone is definitely gone!
For all Stock-Clearance products, see the category Special Offers/Gifts in our secure webshop (or follow any of the links above)

Visit or call

Feel free to drop by, phone (01233 713725) or email us for any enquiry any day of the week, see below for our normal opening hours.

We are looking forward to welcome you in our showroom.
Our opening times are:
Monday: afternoon (times may vary)
Tuesday - Saturday: 9.30am - 5pm
Sunday: closed
Open on most Bank Holidays (except on Sundays)

Please try to avoid the notorious 'School-run' on School Road between 3.10 and 3.30pm

Brand new Main Website

The Big Switch has taken place: since last Thursday afternoon Wood You Like has a brand new website with a new design, new - better - layout, new - better - navigation and still compact and comprehensive.

We had to tweak a few items once the new site went from draft to LIFE, hence the delay in the Launch Announcement (and little tweaks are still being made as we speak, a webmaster's job seems never finished. For instance, the Wooden Floor Installation Manual details still has its own website)

Have a Look:

Have a Look:

The navigation bar has drop down menus per category and every category has its own menu on the right hand side for easy navigation within the category. Every page also has a search box to help you find the information quicker and simpler. Alternatively you can use the site-map

On the left hand side you'll see a "Ask Us" button (which conveniently scrolls down with you). This button connects with the "Recently Asked" database from our Support Service.
The Support Service has had some own changes too: more categories - from Recently Asked on selecting your wooden floor to Recently Asked on maintenance and everything in between.

Share, comment and connect

Share, comment and connect

On every page and article you'll find share and connect buttons, and underneath all the Latest News articles (also a new feature) you can leave and share your comments.

You will also find this comment and share option underneath every item in our secure online shop - feel free to add you own product review there!

Grit - protect your floor

Winter is here!

Gritting, Wood You Like floor maintenance In our latest newsletter we already mentioned that wooden floors benefit from extra TLC. 'Pampering' your floor by applying a maintenance product every 5 to 6 months will keep the wood protected against dirt and drips and enhance its beauty. Special care is recommended when salt from the gritting on icy and/or snowy roads comes on your floor through wet-shoe prints. Not all entrance mats 'wipe' the bottom of your shoes completely dry.
To prevent the salt effecting the wooden floor there are a few simple things you can do:

  • Leave shoes on the mat (or kick off your shoes on the mat and store them in a shoe cupboard - if you have such a novel item - or area that is tiled. To prevent the tiles coming dirty or smutched, put an old newspaper on the floor first).
  • Leave shoes in the porch and have slippers at the ready - warmed-up slippers is really a nice treat after a walk in the cold.
  • Wipe wet-shoe prints dry the moment you notice them so the salt doesn't get a change to effect the wood.
  • Make sure your wooden floor receives its extra TLC.

Extra Newsletter January 2012: Stock Clearance

Now 9 out of 10 times oiled floors are preferred over varnished/lacquered floor finishes - and most Saicos EcoLine care products suitable for both oiled and varnished finishes; we're left with a quantity of maintenance products only suitable for varnish/lacquer finishes.

Hence: Stock Clearance - 25% off normal price

That's right, 25% off the normal retail price (ex VAT), limited quantities in stock, so hurry!

Anti-slip Polish 1 ltr


Anti-slip Polish 1 ltr
Was £ 11.90 - NOW £ 8.95 ex VAT

Mat Polish 1 ltr (V6)


Mat Polish 1 ltr (V6)
Was £ 13.97 ex VAT, NOW £ 10.50 ex VAT

Clean for all finishes 1 ltr


Clean for all finishes 1 ltr
Was £ 9.25 ex VAT, NOW £ 7.00 ex VAT

Wax-Remover 1 ltr


Wax-Remover 1 ltr
Was £ 11.90 ex VAT, NOW £ 8.95 ex VAT

Remember: limited stock

and gone is definitely gone!
For all Stock-Clearance products, see the category Special Offers/Gifts in our secure webshop (or follow any of the links above)

Visit or call

Feel free to drop by, phone (01233 713725) or email us for any enquiry any day of the week, see below for our normal opening hours.

We are looking forward to welcome you in our showroom.
Our opening times are:
Monday: afternoon (times may vary)
Tuesday - Saturday: 9.30am - 4pm
Sunday: closed
Open on most Bank Holidays (except on Sundays)
During British Summer Time we'll be open till 5pm again

Please try to avoid the notorious 'School-run' on School Road between 3.10 and 3.30pm

Introducing: Hattan Range - Multi-layer European Oak

manufactured in The Netherlands from European Oak on water-resistant birch plywood, plus 2 American Black Walnut boards
Visual beautiful, always individual (for not two timbers are the same), warm both to the touch and the eye, hard-wearing, long-lasting and easy to clean; wood makes the perfect floor for the way you live, and Hattan load-bearing engineered flooring makes to perfect wooden floor!..... Read more


Problems with your floor?

One frequent occurring matter landing in our inbox or phoned about seems to be encountering a quality problem with the wood flooring bought.

Product of nature

Some online retailers pride themselves on sending out free samples of wooden flooring. We on the other hand know a tiny sample can and will never show you the rich natural variety any wooden floor has. The tiny sample sent out to you by others could be pre-selected on appearance - for instance one tiny knot when you select a rustic grade.
Basing your purchase decision on just such a tiny sample is asking for problems......

Read more

Introducing: Wood You Like's Unique Gift Vouchers

Running up to Christmas - problem 1

When the Mid Winter Deals were announced last week, a lady ventured into our Charing showroom, eager to take advantage of this deal. The natural wooden floor she had her heart set on - Prime Oak small plait, one of the design parquet patterns we do - would suit her plans for redecorating one of the larger "drawing rooms" in her property.

The problem she encountered was an absent husband, who - as we all can guess - had to give his "approval" on the decision by at least having seen the large sample in our showroom too. His busy diary, specially during this busy "running up to Christmas rather quickly" period, did not seem to give him the opportunity to do so before the New Year, when the Mid Winter Deal would have been expired.

Running up to Christmas - problem 2

We also received a phone call from a excited DIY-er who suddenly realised Christmas is only two weeks away. His problem: having promised "her who must be obeyed" - his expression, not ours - to have the new natural wooden floor sorted before the festivities started. That promise had been made 4 months ago, before he had started his various projects on the house, estimating he got plenty of time to have everything ready for the floor to be bought and installed way before then.

And as we all know, projects do tend to fill up more time than originally estimated, so he is now running out of time and running out of excuses for the "misses".
She'd study our Online Full Colour Natural Wooden Flooring Brochures for months now and knows exactly what wood-species and finish she wants, but her DIY husband still can't tell her which floor type (15 or 20mm) he prefers to have. That depends on some issues with the underfloor he has to sort out before that decision can be made.
Could we help out? To keep in her good books, he has to show he's definitely "on the case" and hasn't forgotten his promise to her.

Problem 3 - what products?

An elderly dad, recently retired, called us also in regards of a problem, this time nothing to do with Christmas.

His son had recently moved into a small council house and after ripping out the old carpets, he - helping his son with some decoration - had discovered an original mosaic floor in rather good nick underneath. Searching the Internet had brought them to our "7 Easy Steps" guide to repair and restore any original parquet floor.

Plans to do so are afoot and dad wants to be involved with the preparations for this, but does not know what products his son needs or wants. Dad is adamant he should at least contribute to the costs, since the move has already cost his son more than originally planned (as they do, Murphy's Law at work).

One simple and stress-free solution: Unique Gift Vouchers

Specimen of Wood You Like's Unique Gift Vouchers

If Mrs C, with her very busy husband, purchases the £250.00 Unique Gift Voucher for him before the end of this month, the Mid Winter Deal will extend till 31.01.2012 for them. That's a whole calender month longer to take advantage of these unique deals.

Mr Z, fearing the wrath of his "Misses" can purchase any of the vouchers, which will be printed on quality paper and show her - leaving the Unique gift Voucher underneath the Christmas tree - he's definitely on the case.
(Royal Mail's "Beat the Christmas Rush" promises to delivery any 1 st class mail UK main land posted on or before Tuesday 20.12.11 on or before Christmas Eve.)

And Mr L's son would be very happy to receive an Unique Gift Voucher of £ 75.00 for the restoration materials of his own choice, which he can use when ordering the quality products in Wood You Like's secure online shop.

The Vouchers come in 3 values: £ 75.00 - £ 125.00 and £ 250.00
Each has an Unique Voucher Reference and an Unique Code. The latter is a one-off discount code to be used in our online showroom. Each voucher keeps its value for 6 months after the date of issue, but is not redeemable against cash. The vouchers can either be printed on high quality paper and posted - mind the Christmas cut-off point of Royal Mail - or emailed as PDF file.

Make someones Christmas even more special, gift them one of Wood You Like's Unique Gift Vouchers! Call 01233 - 713725 today or purchase the voucher(s) of your choice in our secure online shop now.

Hurry, order before 20.12.11 1pm to have your voucher posted first class in time for Christmas!

Mid Winter Deals

We end this year with very special Mid Winter Deals on all the Unique Natural Wooden Flooring types: Design Parquet, Grigio load-bearing aged floorboards, Hattan 20mm European Oak load-bearing range, FSC Tropical Duoplank, FSC Tropical Commercial and Vertical Parquet, and three very special SolidFloor (TM) ranges - Earth & Fire, Black & White, Gold & Silver.

No matter if you choose supply & install or supply only and no matter how many sq meters you need - we have a Unique Mid Winter Deal for you!

The Unique Ranges

Unique Natural Wooden Flooring By Wood You Like - Kent

Unique, because

  • manufacturers only select specialist retailers, assuring you of dedicated professionals who know what product would suit your circumstances and interior design wishes best and why
  • products are of the highest quality, with a lifespan of at least 30 - 40 years, assuring you of long lasting value for money
  • most, if not all, are produced in Europe and where Oak is the wood-species of your choice, made from European Oak
  • from guaranteed FSC or PEFC certified sources, even from one manufacturer's own FSC certified forest and sustainable projects in South America
  • with finishes, wood-species or in shapes you will find nowhere else, assuring you an individual natural wooden floor, a true "one of its kind" only
  • your selected floor always comes with extra services, from specified order confirmations, delivery dates suited to your schedule, to advice (and 6 monthly reminders) on maintenance and after care

Mid Winter Deals on Supply and Install orders

Have your unique natural wooden floor installed by the professionals of Wood You Like Kent

3 Unique deals for you, depending on the sq meters ordered:

Orders below 25 sq meters:

  • Saicos Ecoline Wax-Care Spray (covers 100 sq meters)
  • 4-seasons guarantee on labour
  • 50% refund Survey fee (*1)
  • 2.5% discount on installation costs
Wood You Like specialises in installations of Design Parquet flooring Orders below 50 sq meters:
  • 1 years worth of maintenance products
  • 2 E-fit images for Design Parquet, Grigio and SolidFloor (TM) range for the price of 1 - upload an image of your room and have it E-fitted with the floor of your choice
  • 4-seasons guarantee on labour
  • 100% refund Survey fee (*1)
  • 5% discount on installation costs

Orders over 50 sq meters:

  • lifelong supply of maintenance products (*2)
  • 2 E-fit images for free
  • 4-seasons guarantee on labour
  • 100% refund Survey fee (*1)
  • 10% discount on installation costs

Mid Winter Deals on Supply Only - anywhere in mainland UK

Delivery options on any natural wooden floors available

Again, 3 Unique deals for you, depending on the sq meters ordered:

Orders below 25 sq meters:

  • 50% discount on Wooden Floor Installation Manual - 160 page paperback
  • Saicos Ecoline Wax-Care Spray (covers 100 sq m)

Orders below 50 sq meters:

  • 100% discount on Wooden Floor Installation Manual
  • 50% discount on delivery charges
  • 1 years worth of maintenance products

Orders over 50 sq meters:

  • 100% discount on Wooden Floor Installation Manual
  • 100% discount on delivery charges
  • lifelong supply of maintenance products (*2)

The Conditions, without any small print

Survey fees apply for addresses 50 miles or more away from Charing, Kent and have a minimum charge of £ 75.00 ex VAT (= *1). We normally restrict our working area to Kent and the borders of the surrounding counties Surrey and Sussex. Do enquire about options further afield.
Lifelong supply applies as long as you own the property the wooden floor is installed in and is based on the normal regime of maintenance you should treat your floor with (= *2)

For all Unique Mid Winter Deals the following applies:

  • New orders placed and first payment received on or before 31 December 2011 4pm,
  • and delivered (and/or installed by Wood You Like for Supply & Install orders) on or before 31 March 2012
  • scheduling of delivery and/or works on your preferred delivery/installation date will be based on first come, first served
  • applicable for Design Parquet, Grigio load-bearing wood-engineered floorboards, Hattan (European Oak load-bearing floorboards), FSC Tropical Duoplank floorboards (load-bearing and 15mm), FSC Tropical Commercial and Vertical Parquet, SolidFloor (TM) Earth & Fire, SolidFloor (TM) Black & White and SolidFloor (TM) Gold & Silver range
  • In total the "Unique Range" contains over 107 different floors, your unique choice definitely among them

Drop by, view the samples, browse the online brochures

Come and visit Wood You Like's showroom in Charing Kent to select your unique natural wooden floor

Why not drop by when you are in the neighbourhood of Charing, fresh (Dutch) coffee served if you like. You can discuss your options, your wishes for specific flooring there and then with us and receive an "on-the-spot" best quotation. If you select installation by Wood You Like's professional team we schedule a survey date with you, after which you will receive (by email or post) the specified quotation, detailing all materials and works involved.

Not able to visit? Request access to the Online Wooden Floor Range brochures and browse all available options in the comfort or your own home (or office). Email us your preferred Unique floor, and some details on the rooms (type of underfloor, UFH involved etc) and we will send you our best quotation in the shortest time possible.

PS - Remember: the last day of the year is last day to take advantage of the unique Mid Winter Deals!

call us now on 01233 - 713725, drop by or drop us an email on

Did you know there are three main types of Design Parquet Patterns?

One of the most valuable and grand natural wooden flooring is still an original Design Parquet floor. Installed block by block or tile by tile in your own home.

If it's good enough for Kings and Queens, is it good enough for you!

Design Parquet flooring, one of the most valuable natural wooden flooring you can have in your own home

Design tiles often consists of 10 up to 23! individual wood pieces, ..... Read more 

Restoration - with a knitting problem

If you thought our restoration team's skills were limited to sanding and applying a new finish to your existing original parquet floor, we've got news for you. They can knit too!

Abrupt end to pattern

Restoration project by Wood You Like, knitting new blocks in

When the layout in one room was changed to increase the space our client asked if we would be able to fill the "new space" with original blocks - lifted from another room in the house - in such a way the pattern would continue to and around the wall. The left picture shows where the original border was - with the last row of cut herringbone blocks. Both border and last row were carefully removed from the floor - you can still see their "print" on the old bitumen layer - and the "reclaimed" blocks were waiting to be "knitted" in.

Only to discover those blocks, although from the same house, were slightly wider and longer than the blocks in this room! A carpenter - already on site with his work bench - was set to work to cut 3 sq meters of blocks to their new size.

Snug area

Pitch Pine reclaimed from same house in herringbone pattern

The original plan had been to continue the herringbone pattern around the wall, where a "snug" had been created. It was then decided, due to limited blocks available, to add a border between the "snug" and the main area, instead of cutting all the "reclaimed" blocks to new size.

Pleasing result

Re-instated herringbone floor by Wood You Like

The end result - before applying the finish layer. One continues herringbone pattern in the main area, with help from very precise cutting by the carpenter and the knitting skills of our team. And behind it, the "snug" with its very own pattern - and if you can tell they are a different size blocks you must have got laser-eyes ;-)

The pitch-pine floor was finished - on time for the planned moving home date - with an colour oil.
(And no, our team won't be taking orders for knitting shawls or sweaters next.)

Restore hidden treasures - without sanding

More and more we receive phone calls, emails and visitors in our showroom who recently discovered their new home has a hidden treasure: an original mosaic or parquet floor (herringbone or basket weave) hiding underneath the inherited carpets!

Don't sand if you can avoid it

Often it is not needed to sand your parquet floor when restoring it

Since our company is well know for its parquet restoration service, the first thing on everyone's mind is: how much dust and hassle would sanding down our rediscovered parquet floor bring with it?

However, in most cases sanding is not even needed to bring this hidden treasure back to its original lustre! With careful removing of old carpet grippers, thorough cleaning (with special products - now eco-friendly!) to remove old dirt, grime and even old wax layers, most mosaic and parquet floors will sparkle again - and keep their authentic appearance (something to could be lost when sanding equipment is let loose on it).

Giving your parquet floor a treatment as described above will never go amiss, it's well worth the effort (byu yourself or professional parquet restorer if you don't have the time), won't costs the earth and the moon. The result is 9 times out of 10 a sparkling, again valuable beautiful solid wooden floor - adding not just grandeur but value to your home.

If you want to find out if your original parquet floor can be brought back to its grandeur without sanding, request our free guide here

Magic Cleanser - VOC free

Saicos Magic Cleanser for parquet floors: restore without sanding

One of the eco friendly products to help you with the "restoration" of your mosaic or parquet floor is Magic Cleanser from Saicos. No bleach, no biocides and complying with the latest VOC regulations (and it smells lovely).
Dilute the Cleanser 1 :10 in water, apply it with a damp cloth and let the solution do its work on stains, dirt, grime and old finish layers for about 10 - 30 minutes before you wipe it off twice with clean water (with a damp cloth, no buckets!). Wipe it dry with a new clean cloth and apply a maintenance product (Saicoc EcoLine Wax-Care Spray for instance, also VOC free) once the floor has fully dried.
Really bare floors, from which the original oil, wax or varnish layer has truly been worn off, can be finished with one or two coats of Saicos Premium HardWaxOil after the Magic Cleanser treatment. All of this is explained in our new free guide

You'll be amazed of the result! And you wouldn't be the first one to discover how easy and hassle free it often is to bring back the sparkle in your original parquet floor.

(In the event sanding is needed, don't use a drum sander - as pictured above. These machines, although available from many standard hire-centers, are not up for the task. Too light and the metal rod to hold the coarse sanding paper around the drum more often than not leave shatter marks all over your valuable parquet floor. Hire a professional with professional sanding equipment, such as a heavy belt sander, edge sander and finishing sander.
And no, it is not very dusty or a big hassle when you do have to have your parquet floor sanded.)