Protect your Hardwood Flooring from a Christmas Tree

Festive Season is right around the corner and it is important to protect your timber floors or french oak parquetry flooring from a Christmas tree. Bringing in a fresh Christmas tree is always pleasant experience; the looks and the smell fills any room with positivity. However, a fresh Christmas tree can potentially damage your stunning floorboards if not handled carefully. Here’s some of our go to tips for protecting your timber floorboards from a Christmas tree.

1. Clean the space

The space where the tree needs to be placed should be thoroughly cleaned to avoid any scraps or debris to be caught under the tree. These have the potential to scratch your parquetry flooring.

2. Agitate & Shake the tree

Be sure to agitate and shake the tree well before bringing it inside. This will ensure that the pine needles and splinters aren’t clinging on, which is the real culprit of damaged hardwood floorboards.

3. Consider using Temporary Floor Protection

Temporary Floor Protection Paper rolls such as SupaBord is a great product to use on french oak hardwood flooring while bringing the tree inside. These floor protection rolls are easily available in your nearest hardware store and do great job to protect your timber floorboards from any type of traffic. Another advantage of SupaBord Temporary Floor Protection is that its reusable and recyclable for other future usages. Its versatile application will ensure that it doesn’t go to waste.

4. Place the tree

Using Temporary Floor Protection will ensure that your hardwood floors are protected while you are transporting the tree inside. Once the tree is placed, make sure you pick up all the left-over pine needles and splinters that may have fallen around the tree once placed. A quick vacuum would seal the deal! All that is left now is to decorate the tree and enjoy!

5. Moving it out

When it’s time to move it out, we would recommend using SupaBord Temporary Floor Protection again to avoid any floor damages while transporting the tree out. Make sure to wrap the tree to prevent any debris from falling while transporting it out. Give the area a good vacuum and you’re good to go.

BONUS TIP:- Have SupaBord Temporary Floor Protection left over and don’t know what to do with it? Check this article out where we guide you through making a garden bed out of floor protection paper.
2022-11-24T01:23:06+00:00November 24th, 2022|Engineered, News, Parquetry, Solid Board|

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French Oak

Understanding French Oak

French Oak, known for its exceptional quality and versatility, comprises two species that vary by region. The consistency and premium quality of French Oak stem from meticulous practices such as avoiding species mixing and selecting trees aged between 200 to 250 years.

In France, timber undergoes categorization into four sections based on its intended use:

  • A-section: The base of the tree, typically utilized for crafting barrels.

  • B & C-section: Middle portions of the tree, often employed in joinery or flooring applications.

  • D-section: Reserved for external uses like railway sleepers.

French Oak processing and grading adhere to stringent guidelines governed by the FNB (National Wood Federation), overseeing numerous sawmills across France. These guidelines encompass precise grading criteria and advanced drying techniques. Products crafted from French Oak often boast single-origin materials, ensuring consistent quality throughout.

At Renaissance Parquet, we exclusively source our Oak from France. Additionally, we provide certificates of origin and country of harvest declarations, guaranteeing transparency and authenticity in every purchase. Experience the unmatched excellence of French Oak with us.

Sustainably Managed Forests

As far as our oak flooring is concerned, whether it’s strip flooring or parquetry, comes from trees that are up to 200 years old. This is a sustainable supply, because 200 years ago there were people out there making sure these trees would last for years to come.

Australia’s managed forests are very young compared to the system that the French people put into place for almost 700 years. The French people have always respected oak for its environmental and economical benefits from the outset and throughout.

The first French forestry code was written in 1346, when modern day management started under Louis; the 14th Prime Minister Jean Baptiste Colbert who, between 1661 and 1669 restructured all royal domain forests. The jewel in the crown was, and still is the “Tronçais” forest (pictured above), which can unquestionably be considered the finest oak forest in Europe.

In the 17th century, sustainability was not considered an important manner like it is today. All available timber was utilised for creating warships and other creations. As other countries could freely consume the Tasmanian Huon pines, France was to rely on what they had within their country, therefore a lot of planning and management towards their forests was essential. Sustainability was not the sole reason why these forests were created – they were created for commercial purposes. Although France never really utilised this forest, the end result was extensive planting and available tree sources. This encouraged ongoing management to maintain this reserve of oak.

Nowadays 50% of commercial French oak comes from ONF managed national or local communities forests. This includes 12 million hectares out of the whole 17 million hectares of forests, representing 30% of the French territory. Our main supplier operates under a PEFC agreement – the European equivalent of the FSC.

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