Use a vacuum cleaner to remove without delay all abrasive substances (sand, silver glass, crystal, cuttings, heavy dust, dirt, etc.) that can scratch the finish. Frequent vacuuming is recommended to prevent abrasive dust form accumulating on the surface and between the boards.
Maintain relative humidity between 35% and 50% and temperature of approximately 20°C (68°F) in the room where the flooring is installed in order to preserve the internal humidity of the wood and thus its dimensional stability.
Clean the flooring surface using specially recommended flooring cleaning kits. Spray a small amount of cleanser on a cloth or mop and wipe the surface. Note that only small amounts of liquids are required. Cleaning the surface once a month is a minimum maintenance requirement.
Never use wax, household detergents, or oil-based soap on the floor. These products may discolor and damage the finish and leave a grease film, making the floor slippery and difficult to maintain after ward’s. Mixtures of water and vinegar are not recommended, since vinegar has an oxidizing effects on urethane over time.
Water is one of wood’s worst enemies. Never use large amounts of water to clean wood floors, and never use a saturated mop. Wipe up spilled water, liquids or detergents before they are absorbed by the wood fibers. The combined effect of water and sand is devastating to flooring. This is why it is important to place mats at each door way and in front of the sink, dishwasher, and work areas in the kitchen.
Glue felt pads to the legs of furniture and chairs to avoid scratching flooring when objects are moved. Periodically examine the pads for wear and replace when needed. Avoid rolling chairs with casters on finished surfaces. Put them on rugs or
Plexiglas chair mats. Place floor protectors under narrow casters, or replace them with wide rubber or flexible polyurethane casters.
Do not drag furniture or heavy objects across the finished surface. Lift any furniture to be moved. Regularly trim your pets’ claws to prevent scratches and indentations.
Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes on hardwood floors as they can mar the surface. Heel surfaces are so small that the pressure can easily reach 3,500 pounds per square inch. Worn or broken heels can mark flooring even more. Avoid walking on flooring in footwear with cleats or metal tipped soles.
Protect wood surfaces from sunlight or any source of bright artificial light. Prolonged or repeated exposure to bright light can change the color of wood, even if surfaces are coated with a non-yellowing screen.
A new manufacturing process exclusive to Mirage
This technology breakthrough brings out all the natural pigments in each species for a range of rich colors integral to the wood’s very fiber.
A one-of-a-kind look in inspirational colors
A look with exotic appeal in alluring colors like Bali Coco, the first choice on your voyage of discovery.
Consistent color through and through
The same rich color runs through the entire thickness of the wood, unlike traditional surface stains.
A responsible, environmentally friendly choice
The choice of Canadian Breza—a local species that is processed naturally and doesn’t have to be shipped thousands of kilometers—is a concrete step toward a sustainable future.
Better dimensional stability
This unique process gives wood unparalleled stability and helps it adjust to humidity variations.
What you need to know about wood…
Wood is a natural product that changes color when exposed to light. All species of wood change color after installation, but some of them, like Canadian Breza, change more than most. Canadian Breza will become much lighter a few months after installation, before leveling off.
Mirage stands as a symbol of the quest for balance and a better quality of life. Mirage is synonymous with comfort, beauty, and durability. It epitomizes attention to detail and the desire to create a product in perfect harmony with its environment.
- Ranked 1st in quality by Floor Focus magazine in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009
- Ranked 1st in quality by Floor Covering Weekly in 2008 and 2009
- Received the Floor Covering News Award of Excellence in 2007, 2008, and 2009
Domestic and exotic species
Ipe / Brazilian Walnut / Lapacho 3684
Cumaru / Brazilian Teak 3540
Brazilian Redwood / Paraju 3190
Red Mahogany / Turpentine 2697
Brazilian Cherry / Jatoba 2350
Santos Mahogany / Cabreuva 2200
Goncalo Alves / Tigerwood 1850
Hickory / Pecan / Satinwood 1820
Afzelia / Doussie 1810
African Padauk 1725
Highland Beech 1686
Wenge / Red Pine 1630
True Pine / Timborana 1570
Sapele / Sapelli 1510
Sweet Birch 1470
Hard Maple / Sugar Maple 1450
Coffee Bean 1390
Natural Bamboo 1380
Australian Cypress 1375
White Oak 1360
Tasmanian Oak 1350
Ribbon Gum 1349
Ash (White) 1320
American Beech 1300
Red Oak (Northern) 1290
Carribean Heart Pine 1280
Yellow Birch 1260
Heart Pine 1225
Carbonized Bamboo 1180
Brazilian Eucalyptus / Rose Gum 1125
Black Walnut 1010
Black Cherry / Imbuia 950
Paper Birch 910
Southern Yellow Pine (Longleaf) 870
Lacewood / Leopardwood 840
Southern Yellow Pine 690
White Pine 420