Q1: Why are some colors named with –FX at the end?

The -FX suffix indicates that the color is achieved by the use of reactive stains. A reactive stain is a special product used to obtain unique and rich variations of tones in a prefinished flooring.

Q2: How do these reactive stain work and what should I expect from a –FX color?

Reactive stains do more than just pigment the wood. While they can have pigments like any regular stain, providing a predominant color to the floor, they also have components that will react with some of the various natural components of wood such as tannins and sap wood. This reaction will create areas with much darker tones or, at the opposite, much lighter and even discolored zones. What they actually do in fact is to accelerate the weathering of the wood creating an antique patina on a new floor.

Q3: How to achieve optimal results with reactive stains?

Understand the color range: The first step to achieve the stunning effect that only reactive colors can provide is to understand the range of variation that a specific –FX color provides. This should guide the color selection to match the rest of the room environment. You need to know if the predominant color, but also the extremes edges of the variation range, will be a good fit for your decor.

Open many boxes and blend the variations before installation: Once the color is selected, the most important part will come just before you start the installation. The range of color variations is not necessarily evenly distributed in boxes. Therefore, it is very important to open as many boxes as your space allows to make a good blend of the planks and distribute the variation of color in the room.

Keep the extremes for hidden areas: There will be a very small number of planks that are completely in the extremes of the color range. For example, planks constituted entirely of sap wood could be difficult to blend without creating a fracture in the floor’s look. We suggest that you keep these planks for closets and underneath furniture.

Pre-Select planks to match the moldings: Moldings are color match at best to the predominant color of the reactive stain. We suggest to pre-select the boards that are going to be adjacent to the moldings to the closest color fit.

Q4: What is the difference between the “raw” and “natural” floorings?

Traditional “natural” wood floors are simply coated with multiple coats of a clear U.V varnish. They are available in satin finish. Although the varnish is clear, applying multiple layers on natural wood tends to yellow the color and augment the grain contrast compared to the unfinished wood.

The new “raw” colors are along the lines of the European trend in flooring to have the product as close as possible to the unfinished wood while still being prefinished: very low sheen and very little alteration of the color and contrasts of unfinished raw material.

Q5: Do –FX and Raw colors require more maintenance and have the same durability?

The maintenance and durability is not different from our other floors. The matte finish on these products is more forgiving (scratches and dust seem less apparent) than higher luster finishes. However, keep in mind that wood floors must be treated like any wood furniture’s to keep their appearance for a long time. Sweep the floor frequently and clean any spill of liquid and colored substances e.g. mustard, red wine, food within minutes to keep the floor away from stains. Please refer to our maintenance guide on our web site