Making Your Hardwood Floor Good as New
Old wood flooring has a charm and beauty all its own. But when it becomes dull, worn and scratched it needs a helping hand to look great again. Well maintained hardwoods do tend to last for decades, but inevitably there will come a time when your floor needs a complete renovation.
Whilst refinishing hardwood flooring might not be the easiest job in the world, it is certainly one of the most rewarding. To see a dull and scratched floor come back to life under your hands is a job definitively worth doing and worth doing well. If you are working on your own floor you will be pleased to know that a complete Wooden Floor Restoration will also have a very positive impact on the value of your home!
Revitalising hardwood flooring starts with sanding. Remove all furniture and movable fixtures from the room before sweeping and vacuuming the space thoroughly. Now look critically at the floor, along the boards and right in at the corners. Pay particular attention around radiators and other appendages which may have been installed after the flooring as there might be missing, loose or otherwise damaged boards lurking there. Watch out for raised nails, rotting boards and any other signs of wear and tear, no matter how tiny. All flaws must be rectified before sanding commences. Remove or hammer in all nails and tacks, secure loose boards and replace any planks which have rotted. Use a wood putty and carefully fill in gaps between the boards. Once these flaws have been removed then you can vacuum again.
When the floor is as flawless as you can make it then it’s time for the sanding process to begin. You will probably have hired an industrial strength sanding machine to cover the larger part of the room. But you will have to do the perimeter area by hand so that you get right up to walls and skirtings. Move with the sander slowly along the length of the boards, keeping the machine in motion at all times. Avoid over-sanding any one particular area. If you find an area with stubborn veneer or stains which refuse to be sanded off then mark the spot in your mind and go over it afterwards by hand. It is however more than likely that the sander will evenly remove existing veneer as well as old stains and blotches without too much trouble.
When your Hardwood Floors Sanding has received its initial sanding you should again vacuum up any dust particles, waiting 20 minutes for fresh dust to settle before vacuuming again. Now the floor can be sanded for a second time. This time change the paper in the machine and use a finer grade so that your floor receives as refined a finish as possible. Repeat the sanding process exactly as previously then vacuum again.
Check the floorboards thoroughly. They should look uniformly smooth and be perfectly even to the touch. There should be no shards, snags or old veneer clinging to the wood. The floor will look a few shades lighter now and will be exceptionally porous so try to avoid spillages at this stage.
If you are satisfied that the sanding process is complete then all that remains is to apply the new finishing coat. You can choose from oil, lacquer, floor paint and varnish but whichever your finishing of choice, apply in small areas and very sparingly. Should you over-apply or spill any product clean it up immediately and avoid smearing. Finishing products should always be applied by hand with a lint-free cloth. When applying finishing coat ensure the room is always well ventilated.