Many buyers, considering the range of flooring, opt for a laminate, which is due to a large number of advantages, one of which is a special technique of applying a protective surface. Often on the shelves found laminate, wax-treated, so that moisture and light mechanical effects are not afraid of coating. Let’s try to understand the features of such processing, for what and how it is done.
What is it used for?
Standard laminate surface treatment is often completely inadequate, since the rare coating will be resistant to furniture rearrangements, damage to pets’ claws and heels, therefore defects appear on it during use of the product. It is in this situation that solid or liquid wax comes to the rescue.Due to the possibility of restoring the appearance of the floor, as in the case of parquet, the time of its operation can increase many times, which will save a good amount on a complete change of floor covering.
In the repair used different types of drugs:
- The pencils.
Regardless of the form of release, each of the products contains wax, and all of them are used for the same purpose.
At the enterprises during the manufacture of the coating, only the front part of the laminate is treated with wax, but the joints are not subjected to such processing. In the future, after installing the floor at the junction of the panels, small gaps remain, which with use will only expand. During wet cleaning the water flows into these gaps, the result of this is the swelling of the panels and the appearance of squeaks.
Using wax to treat joints between panels can extend the life of the floor several times.
It is not recommended to polish the laminate with wax, due to the fact that the protective coating of the product has already been made on the basis of this component. If you apply the mentioned component to the laminated elements, you can see the stains and stains, while the protection of the product applied at the factory can deteriorate.It is more expedient to use specialized solutions that contain wax in their composition.
How to use wax at the joints and in the castle connections?
Laminate should be attributed to the flooring, characterized by high strength, but we should not forget that as a result of active regular use of its original characteristics are significantly lost. The “Achilles heel” of these products are compounds made according to the type of lock, based on this axiom, it can be concluded that the protection of the coating should be dealt with at the pre-assembly stage – It is necessary to wax the unprotected surfaces.
It is also possible to use gel for the joints. Of course, there is even a wax-impregnated product on the market, but the high cost of this solution is much higher than the proposed option. In addition, in order to avoid moisture under the coating after installation, it is necessary to lubricate the seams at the joints of the panels.
Forms of release protection range from liquid to pasty. Choose a tool should be based on the conditions and tools for the work, as well as on the purpose of its application.In cases where the release form is liquid, it is better to use a brush, in order to evenly distribute the protection over the entire area of the interlocking joint, the excess material falling onto the front of the product must be removed with a cloth. After all the installation work, the measures taken will contribute to the prevention of the ingress of fluid into the inter-lock gaps.
When purchasing a paste-like product, they should be used. immediately before installation. The contents of the paste are squeezed onto the lock requiring treatment, and then the laminate is assembled.
Excess material protruding from the seams is left untouched until it is completely dry, then, without applying excessive effort, they are removed with a rubber spatula. After the procedure described, the surface should be polished.
Frequent situations when wax is used for grouting joints. Such actions are practiced when it is necessary to achieve a tightness of the coating, for complete waterproofing of interlock connections, as well as the back surface of the laminate. To avoid damage to the face. It is recommended to protect the part of the panel adjacent to the joint with masking tape. After that, it is necessary to apply the substance to the seam and remove excess. After the product is dry it is necessary to remove the adhesive tape and polish the surface thoroughly.