mafi planks are finished with natural linseed-based oils. The oil penetrates deeply into the wood, and thus forms no film on the surface.
The visible surface of the planks is probably the most distinctive feature of parquet floors. The differences in quality are enormous, even more the effects on room climate and the body. Thus, people are in direct contact with the wood and thus always find a body temperature surface. Wood gives off heat much slower than for example lacquered surfaces. This special finishing procedure allows the pores of the wood to remain open, so that the wood can absorb moisture but also easily dissipate it. Because the floor is not covered with a film, any repairs can be performed locally, without affecting the entire area - in practice a very useful product feature.
The mafi wood floor oils are crucial for the colouring of the planks, next to the natural colour of the wood. With variations in natural, white and grey oiled floors, natural shades are at the centre of the entire portfolio. mafi floors are oiled once already during production. To ensure a perfect surface, the floor must be lightly re-oiled once after installation. Please note the mafi installation instructions.
Cleaning and maintenance of floors can be combined in a single operation. mafi floors are cleaned with warm water and the matching mafi wood floor soap. The soap has an antibacterial and antiseptic effect. The high fat content of the soap increases the robustness of the surface against stains and damage.
With the “Vulcano” ecological thermo treatment, mafi further expands its colour spectrum. Originally developed as an alternative to tropical timber, the mafi Vulcano products have now become firm favourites in the market with their earthy, elegant play on colours.
In the course of the totally chemical-free drying process, domestic timbers are dried through purely heat, water and wind, which changes the colour from light to dark. Existing differences in wood colour are partially intensified by this type of finishing. Depending on the duration and temperature, fine shades of brown up to nearly black planks are created.
The range varies from lacquered floors to waxed surfaces; UV hardened oils and mixed variants of these. The most ecological and sensible option, however, is the finishing with pure oils from natural materials.
Lacquered surfaces consist of several layers of lacquer. On the surface, a plastic-like, insulating layer that quickly dissipates heat is created. Any chance for the wood to breathe is removed and it dies as a result. Should the layer that sits only on the surface, for example, be destroyed by scratches, the wood itself cannot on its own recreate any resistance to moisture or dirt. Black spots at the gaps or dents are typical of this. For repairs, the entire floor must be sanded down and re-lacquered.
Waxed surfaces also seal the pores of the wood and prevent direct contact with the wood, as well as the breathable characteristics. In addition, there is also the risk of so-called walking lines on waxed surfaces. This means the often frequented areas or paths on the floor. Due to the increased loads, visible signs of wear appear.
Often, oils are now used for finishing. In industrial production sites, the oiled wood comes under UV drying lamps due to time constraints. This removed the chance for the oil to penetrate deeply into the planks. The oil hardens only on the surface and this closes a number of pores in the wood. An unnatural, shiny, plastic-like layer on the surface is created through this fast drying. Again, only a layer over the surface is covered. If this gets worn out or destroyed the floor must be re-oiled.
These so-called oxy oils are more and more often in use. This implies that the oil oxidises rather than only being air dried. However, it is also common here to use mixtures with wax or hardening agents used to shorten the duration of drying. You can see such mixtures when the surface is somewhat cool and feels plasticized.
mafi uses completely natural linseed based oils, which are air dried without aids. The oil penetrates the entire top layer and hardens from the inside out. Thus, the pores of the wood remain largely open so that the wood can breathe and regenerate itself. Perhaps more importantly, that there is no blocking layer between the wood and people. Wood inherently dissipates heat slower than for example plastic. As a result, a naturally oiled floor invites you on it barefoot. The open-pored surface allows also local repairs and a regular cleaning of the floor.
"The sense of touch helps always to best find out what is actually on the parquet. Only natural oiled wood floors give a warm feeling and have an authentic wooden feel."
"The procedure for colour changing of local timber should be requested more, so that you avoid getting a floor saturated with chemicals."