This article is meant to give you a general idea of when someone who has never before attempted wood floor restoration.
The process, namely ‘floor sanding’, is the removal of the old & damaged protective layer atop the wooden floor, with abrasive materials. After that coating is done away with, the wood beneath it will be left bare & flawless. This allows for using that pristine wooden surface to apply a new finish. The entire process is called ‘refinishing’.
To start with you must eliminate any furniture or cover in the room and wash the flooring surface. If dirt is still there it makes the process tedious, especially if gaps build-up that need filling at a later stage. Entire screws, nails, staples, etc. needs punching to allow the sanding to begin, so ensuring the equipment’s safety, and of the user as well.
Then it’s the turn of checking the condition of the floorboards and identify if some piece is in bad condition, and requires repair. It’s seldom one comes across a board that is past saving. Even those that look severely battered can easily be secured, while its cracks filled up nicely. Yes, anything which has been rotting for quite a while, or infested by worms, is too far gone to be saved.
After the floor receives clean up, any sharp objects, like nails, is got to be punched or eliminated from the boards. The boards, in case they are found to be in a workable condition, will go through the restoration process. But, this is isn’t as easy as handling the machine and just dragging it over the floor. The sanding process involves three stages -rough, medium, and fine. With rough sanding, the aim is to get rid of the old finish and level the boards in readiness for the subsequent step. The medium sanding gradually smooths out the surface and remove most flaws, left from the initial phase. In the end, the fine sanding turns the floor ultra-smooth and readies it for the application of a stain.
Staining and finishing
Staining is a process that lets you transform your flooring color. It is a kind of science in itself, as color matching needs a long time to master and perfect. If you choose to stain your floor, you must keep in mind that if the surface lacks perfect and flawless sanding, any flaw turns much more visible and noticeable. The new trend today is to choose very dark, white-washed, or grey colors.
Wood floor restoration gives the floor a clean and new look and feel. Certain facts have to be followed as one goes for restoring wood floors.