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Posted on December 21st, 2012 In: Blog, Wood Floor Restorations Blogs

All aspects of professionally restoring hardwood floors is a skill that is learned via apprenticeships and through experience. But if you have a wood floor of your own that you would like to restore yourself then read on.

Whatever type of wood or parquet flooring you have the basic premise of restoration is the same:Floor Sanding and Restoration London

•    Sanding
•    Repair
•    Re-sanding
•    Finishing
•    Polishing

Whilst this little list may look simple, in fact the art of wood floor restoration London is anything but. This article is not written to dissuade however but to encourage and point out that unless you have at least a smattering of carpentry knowledge, enough time to devote to the project and a passion for the task at hand you will find wood floor restoration hard going.

If you do not possess these three qualities then advice would be not to try. Leave it to a specialist restoration company to return your floor to sparkling form while you go about your day. If however you are up to the task then read on.

Successful sanding

Firstly you will need to invest in the hire of an industrial sanding machine, that is unless you have one lurking with intent to sand in your garage or garden shed! If this is not the case then speak to your local plant hire people and take their advice on operating the machine. A heavy hand can gouge and bevel the boards which, in addition to being heartbreaking can also prove to be an expensive repair. Don’t leave the hire shop until you feel confident in the application of the sander.

When the room has been completely emptied (including soft furnishings) then the next task is to inspect the boards for any obvious gaps, flaws, crumbling edges and anything which suggests damp/dry rot or woodworm. This condition is most likely to be found in an older floor that has been covered by carpet for many years.

Assuming that after your inspection you find that your floor holds no nasty surprises in terms of termites, woodworm or any kind of rot then pick your way along the boards removing protrusions and, with wood floor putty, fill in any gaps between the planks. Gaps in the floor boards are the cause of groans and squeaks that can be extremely annoying, but is easy to fix during the wood floor restoration process.

Now you are ready to sand. Before you switch on this bad boy please remember if you have a drum sander it is imperative to keep the drum moving at all times. A rolling drum when the machine is stationery causes damage to floors so always switch off before allowing the machine to become stationary.

Roll the sander along the boards (never across) at a steady pace. Work in small areas and leave a 12-inch gap all around – this area will be sanded by you getting down and dirty with an orbital hand sander. The same ‘personal touch’ is needed for bay window insets, alcoves, fireplace surrounds etc. It is essential to attain a uniform smoothness across the entire room.

Do it again

After sanding you need to vacuum the area thoroughly and look again for any flaws unnoticed first time around or which have become more pronounced. Deal with those flaws accordingly and you are ready for the second round of sanding.  When re-sanding you need to use a finer grade of sandpaper in the machine (decide upon this before hiring the sander of course).

When completed vacuum again and by now your floor will in all likelihood look completely different. It should be extremely smooth to the touch with no shards, splinters, nails, gaps or anything else to spoil the beauty of your finishing coat.

Apply finishing as per manufacturer’s instructions

There is a whole variety of non-toxic finishing options on the market today, including sealant with a polyurethane base, ideal for those high traffic areas of the home such as hallways and kitchens. Whatever finishing you have decided upon, read the instructions carefully and apply exactly as stated, leaving to dry for the requisite time before applying a second coat.

Now all that’s left is a bit of elbow grease (or a buffer) to put a shine on your handiwork and you’re done!

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