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Remove stains Accidents happen, but the key is to act fast. “Mop up wine spills or accidents immediately,” says Wilkinson. “Engineered wood floor finishes are extremely advanced and will protect your floor wonderfully well, but it’s always wise to err on the side of caution.”Uprimny offers a recipe for stain success. “Try mixing water with talcum powder to a consistency similar to set yogurt – the less water in the mix, the faster it will dry. Add the mix to the stain, let it dry for a few hours, then wipe off. You can repeat this step more than once if the stain is stubborn.”Wilkinson cautions, “Urine is a stain to be wary of (particularly dog urine), as it contains ammonia, which causes a nasty reaction, damaging wood and staining it black, so wipe it up immediately. There are now enzyme-based solutions available, such as Urine Off, that, if you act fast and apply, will minimise the damage.”Hewitt adds, “Only a wax floor will stain, but like some stone floors, this patina looks better with time. Anything varnished or oiled should be very resilient and shouldn’t stain.”
Insulating your underfloor heating is really important to reduce heat loss downwards. Insulation installed under the heating system will help reflect heat upwards, where you want it, and make the system more effective.Remember that only certain types of flooring will be suitable and some may be more effective than others. Solid wood is a no-go, as the heat will cause the wood to move and warp. However, engineered wood boards are a great alternative and a more stable option. Anything that’s a good thermal conductor, such as porcelain, stone or polished concrete, is effective, as it will allow the heat through. Some vinyl or laminate flooring can be used, too. Always check with your flooring supplier to ensure your chosen flooring is compatible with your underfloor heating system. If you want to put a rug down, just make sure it doesn’t have a backing and is made from a material that allows air circulation. Read an expert guide to underfloor heating
How does it work best with wood?‘Wood conducts less heat than stone or tiles, so the thinner it is, the higher the output of the system and the faster the heat-up time,’ explains Joan. ‘The maximum thickness for efficient heat output is about 18mm, but thicker boards can be used at a lower output. ‘The density of the wood flooring will also influence the heat transfer of the underfloor heating system,’ she adds. ‘Higher density floors transmit heat better.’ Investing in insulation will, again, reduce heat-up times and keep running costs to a minimum.