Wood flooring has long been hailed as the ‘God’ of all floorings. It looks good, it feels great to the touch, and its user friendly – meaning that you don’t have to worry about scratching it up. Yet, there comes a time when even wood floors begin to lose their shine and look rather tired and dull looking. When this inevitable moment comes, you may have to take action to restore your worn floor and rejuvenate the exhausted and faded surface. Not sure how to go about this? Don’t worry this post will help you.
Revamping your floor isn’t particularly difficult – as long as you know how to do it.
Step One: Ascertain the Damage
First things first, you need to inspect your floor like you’ve never done before. Get a mop and gently wipe down the
surface to remove any dirt which may be lying on the face of the wood. Once you have given it a brusque clean, you will need to assess the general state of the floor. If it is a little dry in patches you might be able to get away with re-oiling the surface.
However if you’re struggling to look on the optimistic side, you may need to sand the current varnish off your floor. Now now, don’t be too scared it really isn’t as bad as it sounds, and the best bit is? You can do it yourself – if you want to.
Step Two: Preparation
When sanding down your floor you will need to empty the entire room. This always takes longer than you expect so give yourself plenty of time, and try not to reminisce over sentimental objects. The quicker you clear your room, the quicker you can start having fun!
The next step to make sure your floor is ready to be refreshed with a quick blast of the sander, is to knock any protruding nails back into the floor. For this you should probably get a small hammer and a pair of gloves – it’s surprising how you can cut yourself. This may sound laborious but if you don’t do it, you could damage the sander and the overall finish of your floor.
Step Three: Start the Sanding
So, hopefully by now you’ve hired a sander (look around for a good deal) which is capable of doing the job to a good standard. If you’re not too sure on the type of sander you will need, the local hardware shop or hire store should be able to offer you some advice.
Top Tip: the trick to sanding is to keep a slow and even pace. Don’t stay too long in one place or you will end up with an uneven and crooked looking floor. Before placing the sander directly on the floor, it is best to start it up and then gradually lower it in a smooth motion. If you plonk it on the floor, you might end up with some unsightly gouges that are worse to look at then the current starches and dents which you have at the moment.
Step Four: Varnish
Okay, so the hard work is over and done with – kind of. Now all you
need to do is choose a varnish you like and apply it to your floor. Top tip? Brush up and down more than once to remove any bubbles in the varnish.
Now you’ve got all the basics, you can go off and restore your wood flooring to its former glory. You’ll be amazed at the final product, and after doing all the hard work yourself you will always have a special attachment to it. Good luck!
Written by Gayle Brown on behalf of Prestige Woods; suppliers of a variety of beautiful wood flooring.