Change or Improve the Look of Your Wood Flooring
Wooden floors are one of the most favoured and popular styles of flooring that can be used comfortably in houses and across many rooms. They not only add aesthetic value to your home, but they also allow your house to have that added layer of refinement and also durability. However to ensure that your wood floors serve you better and also to maintain their visual impact, you should try to rejuvenate them on a regular basis.
The following smart steps are carefully structured to assist and guide you on how to breathe life into your treasured wood floors:
This should be the first call when it comes to reviving your flooring and it is something that should be done regularly. Fortunately it is also one of the cheaper ways to restore any type of real wood flooring, especially when it is done in an appropriate manner using the right types of cleaning materials. Different cleaning methods may be applied depending on the finishing of the floor - whether it is oil-treated or surface-sealed with polyurethane for example. Remember before you start doing the actual cleaning, you should first of all sweep or vacuum the floor in order to remove dust or debris. Oil-treated wood flooring should be cleaned with a damp mop to prevent water from soaking the wood. Sealed floors should also be mopped using a damp mop with simple soap and water. Wax, oil, or abrasive cleaners should not be used on these floors. After mopping, you can apply rejuvenating cleaner, a special type of polymer that fills in scratches and unsealed surfaces and protects the floor against wear and tear.
By doing this, your wood floor will look as good as new!
Sanding is one of the best ways to tackle an older floor and one that may have many surface scratches or abrasions. On a typical real wood floor, the following methods can be applied although there are variances depending on the type of wood used.
Filling - you may decide that you want to use some wood filler and fill in some surface abrasions before you start sanding. After doing the filling, use sand paper, a sanding machine or an appropriate sanding disc across the entire floor by sanding along the grains of the wood. You will want to use varying grains of sanding paper/discs to rub down the abrasions and to give a smoother floorboard.
After completing the sanding process, fill all the nail holes, gaps, cracks, and remaining blemishes with commercial wood filler. Allow it to dry for about 15 to 20 minutes before you start doing the second phase of sanding. In this second phase of sanding, you should look to use an 80 grit disc/sand paper as it is more efficient and then get to the smoothest grain you can to give a scratch free finish. In places where the sanding machine cannot penetrate like in corners, use a hand held sanding disk or piece of sanding paper.
In the final process, vacuum the whole floor to remove any dust, dirt, or debris that might have come about as a result of the sanding process. After that, stain the floor using your most preferred type of staining agent or finishing product. At the end of the sanding process the floor will look new.
Using Rugs & Carpets
If the floor is partially damaged or you want to inject some texture or colour to the floor, then invest in quality rugs or pieces of carpet. Large area rugs or carpets can also be used to cover vast areas of damaged wood floor while exposing the edges to maintain the impression of a having wood flooring. Of course you may decide to simply have them under pieces of furniture, the benefits being that your floor will not be damaged by furniture feet and you also get to inject colour or patterns onto the floor, without taking away from the flooring. Remember thought - rugs should not be glued to floor! There are many things you can buy nowadays from local furnishing stores that aim to keep a rug slip free and fixed to wooden flooring.
Use New Skirting Boards
Wooden floors that float over a sub-floor will need to be reinforced using skirting boards for assistance in holding the floor down. Skirting will also hide gaps between the wooden flooring and the wall. It therefore becomes a good technique to use when your floor needs to be refurbished. The old skirting can be removed and replaced with a new one or a new stain applied to give it a new look that will revamp the entire flooring. The skirting design can of course also be changed.
Lighting can be used to create varying moods and ambience and of course can also be used in conjunction with flooring to get the look that you desire. Try up lighters or spot lights to vary the look of your room. If you have dark flooring, you may want more direct light to lighten the room up, or you can enjoy sombre moods with less light.
Distressing the whole floor
Sometimes, the wood floor may be scratched in patches or randomly distributed on the flooring area. In this case, scratching the entire floor in the room so that it looks uniform may be an option. This will not show any wear and tear if done professionally and the entire look of the wood flooring will be improved. However it is only advisable after consultation with professionals. You should also try to see examples of similar work first; while you will get a vintage look, it does not suit all tastes.