Bring the Wood Floor of Your London Home Back to Beauty
London homes which are lucky enough to be fitted with antique wood flooring can be restored to look as good as they did when they were new, simply with a bit of TLC in the form of resanding and by applying new finishing. Even if the floor is in need of repair, this can be done by London wood floor sanding specialists or you can, if you have some DIY skills, try your hand at refurbishment yourself. Either way, your floor will thank you for it and you will be rewarded by a beautiful, pristine and stunning wood floor which can make a perfect backdrop to any kind of décor, or as a focal point to a complete revamp of your interior.
Maintenance is simple
Even if your London home is not very old, wood flooring adds character, depth and ambience to any type of room and, once refurbished, is amazingly easy to maintain. A typical maintenance programme is simple light sweeping weekly, moist mopping monthly and removing spillages, stains and scrapes as and when they happen. Avoid wearing outdoor shoes inside and keep dripping raincoats, umbrellas and the kids’ wellington boots by the door until they dry. Water is very damaging to wood flooring and through time will discolour the surface. Large amounts of water allowed to lie on the planks will eventually cause warping and splitting; needless to say this must be avoided and is in fact easy to do with a little domestic reorganisation.
However, wood flooring has been created to be walked on so there is absolutely no point in having a wood floor so pristine and perfect no one is allowed to set foot on it! There is a middle way which allows for beautiful flooring in the midst of a busy family home.
Refurbish, don’t renew
If the floor of your London home has gone a decade without maintenance to your knowledge then it is probably time for a little makeover to set it up for the next 10-years. Every refurbishment starts with sanding; a process which removes the existing veneer (varnish, wood stain etc.) on the floor whilst sanding the boards to uniform smoothness.
This task is best undertaken by a large walking through sander which can be hired from a DIY outlet. If you choose to re-sand yourself then make sure you have all the instructions for using this machine to hand before you take the machine away from the shop and check that it appears to be in good working order. Briefly, the sander works by being walked along the plank lengths, sanding as it moves. You will need to purchase the sandpaper separately and add to the machine either as a rotational belt or on a drum. Whichever type of sander you select, make yourself familiar with the directions for use before switching it on. A heavy hand on a sander can cause damage to wood flooring, as well as gouges and ruts which can be fiendishly difficult to remove!
Finishing and sealing
Once the floor has been properly sanded it will look several shades lighter and have no patchy veneer. It may also have a dry look to it which, is completely natural. The next step from here then is to ‘feed’ the wood with a finishing product such as lacquer, woodstain or good old varnish. The finishing solution seeps into the floor and is absorbed in small stages to bring the floor the same rich beauty it had when it was first installed. In addition to looking great, refinishing wooden floors does protect and seal the natural pores of the wood and acts as a barrier against water, grit and spillages.