Foresso is a material composed of end-grain wood chips made from offcuts, planing waste, wood dust, lime plaster waste, cement, resin (less than 10%), and pigment. It is a durable and versatile material that can be adapted for any project.
Proper care of your Foresso surface will ensure a long life.
Notes: Foresso sheets contain natural materials and as such no two panels will be the same. A sheet will contain a number of tones, chip sizes, chip densities, grain patterns, and may contain some tiny pores. We are committed to using the every part of the tree so there will be timber chips with knots, whirls, oddities, and sometimes pieces of bark included in each Foresso sheet. We cannot be held responsible for damage caused by poor workmanship, improper storage conditions, nor damage on site.
Substrate: 18mm FSC BB/BB Latvian Birch throughout Plywood, phenol glue EN314-2 Class 3, EN636-2, EN13986 CE2+, CPR Compliant.
Sheet Size: 2440mm long x 1220mm wide x 24mm thick. Composed of 6mm Foresso top layer with 18mm Birch plywood substrate.
Foresso Content: The Foresso layer is composed of at least 75% recycled content sourced as offcuts, wood waste from timber merchants or sawmills and lime plaster waste from foundries. The binder is composed of lime plaster waste, planing waste, cement, wood dust, pigment, and resin (less than 10%).
MAINTAINING YOUR FORESSO SURFACE
Keeping your Foresso Surface Dirt-free
If possible, sweep or vacuum your Foresso daily. Use either a vacuum cleaner with a soft attachment, a brush, or a microfiber dust mop. Always vacuum or sweep a Foresso surface before cleaning - this removes most of the dust and grit so avoids scratching.
Using Cleaning Products
It’s important to take care of your Foresso. While regular cleaning will keep your tables or worktop looking its best, there are some chemicals and materials to avoid.
Never use wax-based cleaners or harsh detergents on your Foresso surface. Check to see if the product is suitable for engineered timber or timber surfaces. If it is, then you can use it on Foresso.
You should not use abrasive materials such as steel wool on Foresso. These will scratch the surface.
Always finish cleaning by buffing off any remaining surface cleaner or dampness.
Try and wipe up any spills or liquid as soon as they happen. Excessive standing water or liquid can cause damage to Foresso.
Protecting your Foresso
Any wood based material is susceptible to dents and scratches, which some feel adds character, but others prefer to keep the wood in perfect condition. Prevention is better than cure, and there are some simple steps you can follow to avoid this damage:
Use coasters or table mats under hot or abrasive items.
Keep the surface free from dust and grit by regularly sweeping and cleaning the surface as minute scratches can cause a build up of damage over time.
OILING & REFINISHING YOUR FORESSO SURFACE
Foresso can be re-sanded to remove scratches and then oiled or waxed again to restore the finish. There’s no set interval for this but for most environments it is good to re-oil once per year. You can identify if the surface needs re-oiling through the following factors
Timber feels or looks dry/grain feels more noticeable
Surface easily gets dirty
Surface shows signs of wear or scratches
If your Foresso surface needs re-oiling please follow these steps
Clean the surface as directed above.
Apply a thin coat of Foresso Worktop Oil, which is available in 1L and 2.5L tins, please email email@example.com to order.
Buff the surface until all the Oil has been absorbed and you are left with a smooth surface.
After 6-8 hours drying apply a second coat in the same method, if the timber still feels dry or has a noticable grain, wait again and apply a third coat.
If the surface has been damaged with deep scratches or other wear it can be refinished, this work should be carried out by a competent professional with suitable PPE. Please refer to our installation guide for more detailed information or get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Re-sand the surface with a P320 grit disc or paper. We recommend using an orbital sander or similar to obtain the best finish.
Once the scratches are removed re-oil the surface according to the instructions above.
For severe damage we recommend getting in touch with our technical team who can advise on specific fixes.
For project specific advice or further guidance please email email@example.com.
GUIDE TO WORKING WITH FORESSO SHEETS
SAFETY & STORAGE
Cutting, alteration, and installation of Foresso panels should be carried out only by competent professionals with suitable equipment and PPE.
Foresso sheets must be stored where no moisture can attack them. It is important that any wet trades be completed before sheets are received on site and sheet should be stored indoors until ready to be used.
Storage conditions must be in accordance with the following:
Relative humidity between 45% and 65%.
Do not expose to frost or intense heat.
Sheet must be stored indoors.
Be between 15°C and 25°C.
CUTTING & MACHINING
Foresso can be cut with tools such as a rail saw or table saw equipped with a sharp fine toothed blade suitable for plywood, solid surfaces, or veneer. For mitres and fine cuts apply a line of masking tape along the cut line and cut slowly to ensure that you do not chip the Foresso surface nor splinter the plywood.
WARNING - Cut edges can be sharp, always wear cut resistant gloves when handling cut panels.
CNC machines, routers, drills and other woodworking machinery all work well with Foresso, use bits suitable for plywood or solid surfaces.
Do not use planers or calibration sanding machines on the Foresso face as this will remove the finished surface and require considerable repair work to rectify.
INSTALLATION & FINISHING
Foresso panels can be fixed from behind into their plywood substrate, or through the face into the carcass, wall, or floor sub-layer using wood screws. To hide face fixings we recommend using our FORESSO 2-part filler for your chosen colourway, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
Joins can be left butted up against each other or filled with FORESSO 2-part filler, silicone, or a flexible grout. It is important that any filler used will allow for any natural expansion and contraction of the plywood substrate during the year. As a general rule rooms / areas should be adequately ventilated to prevent a build of moisture in the atmosphere. Wood naturally changes size over the course of the year due to seasonal differences.
Joins between sheets can be filled with either a flexible grout, 2 part filler, or silicone in areas that will be exposed to water. Alternatively, panels can simply be butted up against each other.
Once work is complete re-oil the surface using FORESSO® maintenance oil or similar product suitable for timber following the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply the oil and then buff the excess off the surface using circular motions, continue until the surface feels smooth with no tackiness left.
Alternatively a surface coating such as a lacquer can be applied by your project contractor to meet project needs such as slip ratings and fire resistance. Apply as you would to a timber surface, denibbing between coats. The surface is finished when you can’t see any pores in the timber and the surface feels flat to the touch. Our standard finish is a P320 sheen, however you can apply a lacquer to achieve other sheens if desired.