Wooden floor restoration. Frequently asked questions

Wooden floor restoration. Frequently asked questions

I want my floor sanded and I’m having a room decorated as well. Which should I do first? Decorate first. In fact any major work like plumbing or wiring should be carried out before the floor is sanded. The sanding process can cause a few scuffs to the skirting board but touching these up after the sanding will not harm your floor and is an easy task.

DECORATING SHOULD BE DONE FIRST

How long will the room be out of action while the floor is being done? A room measuring 10ft by 12ft (3 by 4 metres) would take about 2 days to sand and varnish, using a water based varnish, plus a further 2 to 3 days for the varnish to cure properly before placing furniture.

How should I maintain my floor? Everyday dirt and grit will eventually wear away the finish. Even pet hair has been found to be abrasive. Vacuum or sweep regularly. Invest in a good door mat and try to get into the habit of removing street shoes when entering the house.

should I have the gaps between the boards filled? We would recommend filling the gaps in ground floor rooms and hallways as there could be a cold draft. In kitchens and bathrooms gap filling is recommended as a protection against spillage. We do not recommend wood fillers that are available in high street shops as they tend to shrink and eventually fall through or even get sucked out of the gaps with the vacuum cleaner. If you do use a filler we recommend lecol which is a professional filler. Peter fills the gaps with MDF strips which he feels gives a much nicer finish than wood strips.

The download or the interactive DVD will give you more information on this subject, it shows you all you need to know.

More about gap filling here. The floor in the picture below has had the gaps filled with MDF strips

I would like my floor to have a stain. Is this something I could do myself? This is a job we would not recommend you undertake if you are a complete novice, Peter has stained hundreds of floors and knows how much skill you need to tackle this job. He has also seen a lot of floors that have been badly stained and it’s not a pretty picture. When a floor is stained well it has a beautiful even colour with depth to it. Stained badly and it can look patchy and dull with a dirty appearance. If you decide to get a floor sanding company to do the staining, make sure you can see a floor they have stained recently. Make an appointment to go and see the floor if you can. If they haven’t stained a floor before but tell you it will be a push over then it’s time to look for some one else. If you feel you really want to try this yourself, it might help to read the emails we have received from customers about this subject. Peters answers might be of help to you.

How do I calculate how much varnish I will need to buy for my floor if I sand it myself and which varnish should I use? There’s a whole page devoted to this question so follow the link to have your question answered. CLICK HERE

Should I use reclaimed boards to replace badly damaged boards. No, we do not recommend using reclaimed boards. They usually come from industrial sites and are actually thicker than the pine boards used in houses. They are also pre sanded which brings them up very pale and looking like brand new boards. We recommend using old floor boards from houses un cleaned, and not sanded.

Can you show me how to sand a floor and fill the gaps myself and get the same results you do? Yes, we have two teaching films with Peter giving a step by step demonstration. You can download both films separately straight from the internet for 2.50 each. With each film giving 15-20 minutes of instructions, 40-45 minutes of film in all, they are a comprehensive learning tool. Thats 5 that has saved many people hundreds. There is also a DVD if you prefer a hard copy. Topics covered in the learning films.

Preparing boards prior to sanding.

Machines: use, health and safety.

Dry run of techniques.

See the floor actually sanded from start to finish and learn how to avoid common mistakes that can often lead to a disappointing finish.

Points to be aware of and watch out for, including those possible plumbing disasters.

Black edging

This can be very difficult to remove and you can end up using many expensive sanding sheets. With Peters technique you will easily remove the black edging that used to be applied to so many older houses. You need to see this technique demonstrated to understand it fully.

Varnishing techniques.

What to use and how to use it. Tools needed for the job. Plus the chance to see it actually done.

Filling the gaps.

Peter demonstrates three methods and shows minor restorations. One of these methods uses power tools. Step by step demonstration shown, along with safety measures and health awareness.


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