Wooden floors are great, but after time dents appear and general wear can take its toll. This can be particularly bad for dark stained floors which reveal and damage or marks as lighter wood. The hassle of repairing these problem areas always comes last on the list of priorities, so we have some simple advice for bringing your wooden floor boards back to life. There are various options, you can either replace the specific floorboards or refinish and restore the existing ones.
There are flooring specialists that have expertise in refinishing or repairing wooden flooring, but this may not be necessary. Even if you consider the floor to be badly damaged, there are relatively inexpensive and less invasive ‘at home’ solutions. In our opinion do-it-yourself restoration is definitely worth a go. Even if worse comes to worse and your floor doesn’t look much better after, you have only risked a small expenditure and personal labour.
One of the most simple restoration methods consists of lightly sanding and restaining the existing wooden flooring before covering it in several coats of urethane. To be on the safe side, it could be suggested that you carry out a small test patch to see if you get the desired effect that you are after.
When restoring your floorboards for the first time, diyers commonly ask:
- How often can I sand my floor?
This is all dependant on the type of flooring you have. Solid wood flooring is very durable and long lasting and can withstand a number of sandings during its lifetime. However to sand down engineered wooden flooring depends on the thickness of the top layer. In general terms the thicker the top layer, the more often you can sand your floor. If in doubt, please seek professional advice.
- Will it make a mess?
Mess is inevitable when sanding wooden floors, but the process is much less messy than it used to be. The hirable sanders are much more efficient at collecting dust. Simple things such as opening the windows and vacuuming after sanding can also reduce the residue.
- How long will it be before I can walk on it?
This depends entirely on the finish you apply to the floor after you have sanded it, as drying times can vary. When you apply the finish, you should always allow extra time advised by the manufacturer before replacing furniture and walking on it, as you wouldn’t want to ruin all your hard work.