Houses or buildings that contain old wood floors have an old-world charm. Wood flooring is a durable material that can last for a lifetime if it is properly maintained. Whether the beautiful floors are found beneath carpet or the old wood floors are starting to show a little age, it is best to properly restore the wood for a new and improved look without the high expense of changing the material.
Cleaning and Fixing
Before starting the process of restoring the floors, it is important to remove any dirt and work on any necessary repairs. Old floors can have a wide range of problems, including rusted nails, cracks and holes. Restoring the wood floors requires a little repair to remove potential obstacles and improve the total health of the floors.
Cleaning the floors is always the first step because it provides an accurate view of the amount of damage and the extent of necessary repairs. Any standard wood cleaner or solution is appropriate to remove built up dirt, grime and other materials from the wood. Allow the floors to dry completely before making any changes related to fixing the wood.
Survey the damage and make repairs as necessary. Depending on the extent of damage, repairs might be as simple as removing the nails and putting in new ones or it might require using wood putty to fill in small cracks or holes. Large areas of damaged, rotten or otherwise ruined wood will require replacing the wood to prevent potential injuries in the future. Replacing wood depends on the floor and the type of trees used to create the flooring.
When the flooring is clean and fixed, the next step in restoring the floors is sanding. A floor sander is the only appropriate tool to remove any current protective coating, sand the surface and smooth out the minor imperfections.
Directions and usage of a sander vary based on the particular instructions of the machine. Regardless of the specific machine directions, the process of removing the protective coating and smoothing the floor requires changing the sandpaper grit throughout the process. A rough grit paper starts to break up the protective coat and gradually finer grit paper will smooth out the rough edges. Depending on the wood, it is usually best to finish with 400 to 600 grit sandpaper for the smoothest results.
Clean the dust from sanding before making any further changes to the floor.
Staining and Finishing
When the floor is cleared of all sawdust and it is properly cleaned, apply the stain to the wood. A wood stain provides the final color that will show on the floor when the project is completed.
Those who are not sure about the color should test the material in a small corner and allow it to dry before continuing. If the stain is the preferred color, paint it over the entire floor. For the best results, apply at least two coats of the color to create a deeper shade.
Applying the finish to the wood after the color is completely dry. The finish will provide a protective coat that prevents damage from the elements and ensures that the wood has a high-gloss appearance.
Restoring old wood floors is not a complicated process. It is a matter of properly smoothing out the wood, coloring it with a preferred staining material and then applying a protective coating to prevent future damage.
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