Floor Refinishing in London Homes
London homeowners with original wood floors can keep them in pristine condition with a complete refurbishment. This means taking the wood back to basics by removing any existing covering and varnish, sanding, repairing and/or replacing damaged boards before sealing and refinishing. The refinishing process is integral to the look of the floor, as it is the part that everyone sees. The better prepared the foundation, the better the refinishing will look.
Assuming the floor has been thoroughly sanded with any missing or damaged boards replaced and vacuumed to remove all dust and grit particles, then it is time for refinishing. If the floor is made of porous wood such as oak or ash then it is a good idea to apply a wood conditioning solution at this point to help give a smooth and even finish and making sure the topcoat is not patchy. Wood conditioner is varnish-like in consistency and is applied in the same way. Once the conditioner is completely dry (usually 24 hours minimum) then you can apply your finishing of choice in varnish, stain, lacquer or oil.
When refinishing a wood floor restoration always make sure the room temperature is set correctly and that there is always a good throughput of air. When the final coat has been applied it is best to allow the floor to dry out completely for 48 hours if possible before returning furniture. If this is not possible then leave at least 24 hours to avoid indentations and scuffs caused by heavy objects.
Wood may have the reputation of being tough but, when applied to floors, even the strongest hardwood needs some TLC in the form of a gentle hand and careful technique when refinishing. Depending upon the type of hardwood you have, there will be specifics relating to that wood when working with it. For example, how the wood should be treated, the age of the floor (especially important if the floor is an original) and previous treatments it has had will all contribute to the selection of the most durable type of refinishing and the method of application.
If you are unsure of any aspect of refinishing the floor of your home then you can take advantage of a no-obligation survey from a London floor specialist company that is a member of the National Wood Flooring Association.They will be happy to inspect your floor and let you know the best way to move your project forward. Taking the right care before starting the project could save both money and labour in years to come.
Newly installed floor refinishing
If you have installed a new floor that has been pre-finished (that is it has been factory treated with varnish or stain), then all you need do is lay it. This method has obvious advantages but you should also consider the possible problems when repairing or replacing any of the boards as well as inadequate sealing, which is a common issue with pre-finished flooring.
Choosing floor boards that are unfinished does mean more work for you but that labour turns into a labour of love when, in the long run, your floor turns out exactly the way you want it to. You also know the history of the floor so that when it comes time to do any repair or refinishing work you understand exactly what to do.
How long the finishing lasts is down to the following:
- The quality of the original finishing
- The level of traffic
- The amount of natural wear and tear
- Whether cleaning and maintenance is being regularly carried out
A well-maintained hardwood floor can last up to 10 years before requiring a sanding and refinishing.