Restore Your London Hardwood Floor
London householders with original natural wood flooring who want to restore and renew this beautiful asset can do so with a rudimentary knowledge of joinery and DIY skills and a whole lot of enthusiasm. Many London terraces which were built at the beginning of the 20th century enjoy real hardwood flooring throughout and it is understandable that owners are keen to restore these floors to their beautiful best.
Given that the floors will probably have been hidden below carpets or lino, when uncovered they are likely to be, at best, discoloured, dull and lustreless and at worst broken, damaged or rotten. Either way if you have decided to treat your floor to a bit of TLC then the best way to go about it is to obtain a no-cost flooring assessment from a specialist London floor sanding company. In this way you can discover exactly what type of treatment your floor needs and you will also be able to determine what type of wood the floor is made up of and the most cost effective way to obtain true matching planks (essential if there are damaged or missing boards).
Real wood flooring is a terrific asset in any London home
However, floor restoration can also be carried out by the gifted amateur. So if a real wood makeover is a project you would like to undertake then it is best you know exactly what to expect before making that final decision. Real wood flooring is a terrific asset in any home and as such should always be treated with the best care possible.
Assuming you are undertaking the restoration by yourself then the first thing you need do is to check the boards carefully for signs of wear and tear, splintering or missing boards. If there are any nails or screws sticking up then countersink them back into the floor. If there are nails with missing heads they must be carefully prised out. Never leave protruding nails as they can cause serious damage to the sanding machine as well as to human limbs.
Removing stains effectively
In addition to bringing an even and smooth finish to the floor, sanding also helps remove unsightly water stains. If however there are old watermarks just too stubborn for the sander to get rid of you can lift up the board, invert it and nail it back in place. Of course this only works with older traditionally laid floors, not with tongue and groove planking.
An average-sized room will require the services of a drum sander. This is a machine which you walk along the length of the room, sanding as you go. You will also require an edging sander, with which you will hand sand the edges around the room where the larger machine cannot reach. For corners you can use a paint scraper or even a Stanley knife to remove old veneer and stains.
It would be fair to say that if the floor has recently been uncovered after lying under decades of carpeting, it will require three separate sanding floors to attain that uniformity of smoothness you need before applying the finishing. Each time you sand you can use finer paper so the first sanding is carried out using the coarsest grain of paper moving to medium and to a fine grain for the final sanding. Over sanding is as damaging as under sanding as it removes too much of the wood leaving it thinner and more exposed. Therefore be careful when using any kind of sanding machine; take full instructions from the hire outlet and never gouge the machine into the floor.