What is wood floor restoration?
Wood floor restoration is a professional service that restores worn-out or damaged wood floors to their original condition. Restorers are experienced in many types of wood floors from solid plank to strip, parquet, and engineered board. They will assess the floor and decide the best restoration methods to use, ensuring that the age, condition, and original quality of the floor are taken into account.
Depending on the severity of the floor's damage, processes such as sanding, refinishing, dyeing, and recoating may be applied. Additionally, if the floor is severely warped, warped boards may be replaced. Finally, a protective coating may be applied as well to provide long-term protection against damage. In summary, this service can completely transform an otherwise neglected wooden floor into a beautiful and durable one.
Wood Floor Staining
Wood floor staining is a process that involves changing the colour of a wooden floor. There are several different stain types which allow for a wide variety of colours to be achieved. The staining process begins with sealing the floor so no moisture or dust can penetrate. After the sealant is dry, a thin coat of stain is applied to the floor. This can be done by brushing, rolling, or spraying the stain onto the wooden surface. Once the stain is dry, a top coat of sealer can be applied to lock in the colour and add protection. Keeping wood floors stained and sealed extends their life and helps to maintain their aesthetic appeal.
Normally wooden floors look best showing its natural colour, however sometimes it will benefit from having a stain applied.
There are many different colours you can choose from to compliment the room. We will take the time to discuss these options with you. Personal tastes differ so it is imperative that we achieve the look that you desire. The wood finish that we select will be long-lasting and keep your wood floor looking great.
Gap Filling for Wooden Flooring
Wood floor gap filing is a process of filling in any openings or gaps found between each plank of a wood floor. This can be done with a variety of materials, such as caulk, epoxy, or specialized wood filler. Gap filing is an important part of basic floor maintenance, as it helps to protect the floor from moisture damage and reduces drafts that can enter the home. As part of the process, a putty knife may be useful in order to spread the material evenly and correctly. It’s important to follow any manufacturer instructions if you decide to tackle this job on your own.
This is generally carried out by mixing sawdust with a resin and applying to the floor board gaps. We can also use wood slithers for larger gaps.
Wooden Floor Sanding and Refinishing
Wood floor sanding and refinishing is a process used to restore the original look of wood floors and to protect them from future damage. The process involves sanding the floors down to the bare wood and applying a protective finish coating. The most popular finish coatings for wood floor sanding and refinishing are polyurethane, lacquer, and wax. Sanding and refinishing can also add years of life to a wooden floor. Depending on the condition of the floor and the finish desired, the process can be both tedious and labour-intensive or relatively simple and straightforward. For a professional job, it is highly recommended to hire a licensed and certified flooring contractor experienced in sanding and refinishing of hardwood floors.
We can make a worn looking wood flooring into a near new-looking, striking natural wood floor.
Depending on the thickness of the wood, solid wood floors can be sanded many times and an engineered wood floor can be sanded around four times in its’ lifetime.
Our sanding system is a near dust free sanding process; this means that there will be virtually no dust created from the sanding process. It means that there won’t be lots of dust left lying around your premises after the work has been completed.
Whilst we are carrying out your floor sanding many people opt for us to fix down any loose floor boards, or repair/replace damaged boards. The first part of our process is to protect any area/items that may need this.
Secondly we will check the whole floor area for any screws, nails etc that may be protrude and remedy this. We then go through various grits of sanding to bring the floor to a lovely smooth, finish.
Should you require a stain, this will be applied following this process.
If you have skirting boards, you may also require us to sand and finish these at the same time and really make the room look its best!
Wood Floor Oiling
Wood floor oiling is the process of applying a protective layer to the surface of hardwood floors to enhance its natural beauty. The oil helps protect the wood from damage caused by wear and tear, while also providing a deep, rich color to the wood. The oil is typically applied either with a brush or a cloth and then left to sit overnight before it can be wiped off. This process should be repeated every three to four months. Oil applied to the floor will not only make it more beautiful, but it will also add a glossy surface that can help to make your hardwood floors easier to clean.
Wood Floor Lacquering
Lacquering wooden flooring is a great way to protect your hardwood floors and give them a gleaming shine that lasts. The process begins with preparation and conditioning, starting with cleaning and sanding the wood. Any holes or dents should also be filled and sanded, and then the wood must be cleaned again and allowed to dry. Once the surface is dry, a stain should be applied, followed by a clear sealant. After the sealer has been applied, the final step is to coat the wood with a clear lacquer. Depending on the type of hardwood, this process can take up to three coats of lacquer. After the floor has been lacquered, it should be allowed to dry and then buffed to a glossy finish.
The types of wood used in furniture construction include oak, maple, cherry, pine, poplar, maple, and cedar. Each wood type has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, such as hardness, durability, and stain resistance. Oak is a stronger and more durable wood type, with good resistance to staining and wear and tear. Maple is lighter and less expensive, and is more prone to denting from wear and tear. Cherry is a darker, denser wood that looks good when finished, but can be expensive to maintain over time. Pine, poplar, and cedar all have their own unique advantages and disadvantages, and should be evaluated in relation to their specific situations.
Wood Floor Installation
Wood floor installation is an involved process that requires measuring, cutting and fitting the boards, as well as securing them in place. The job requires knowledge of measuring and cutting tools, as well as specific finishing materials.
1. Measure: Begin by measuring the room and determining the size and shape of the finished floor.
2. Prepare Floor: Remove any existing flooring and make any necessary repairs to the subflooring.
3. Install Underlayment: Install underlayment, such as foam or other material, to provide a cushion and insulation.
4. Layout Pattern: Determine the pattern in which to lay the wood floor boards.
5. Cut Boards: Cut the wood boards to the desired shape and size.
6. Install Boards: Lay the wood boards down, using glue and nails to secure them.
7. Finish: Sand and finish the wood floors, using a variety of techniques to best enhance the wood’s natural beauty.
Oiled Floor Maintanance
To keep your oiled wood flooring looking its best, follow these maintenance tips:
1. Vacuum or sweep the floor regularly to remove dirt, dust and other debris.
2. Use a damp mop with a manufacturer-recommended cleaning solution, making sure to wring out the mop completely before mopping.
3. Place rugs or mats at doorways and in other high-traffic areas to protect the floor.
4. Do not use wax, polishes, abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring pads to clean the floor - these may damage the oiled finish.
5. Avoid dragging furniture or appliances across the floor.
6. Occasionally buff the floor with a non-abrasive cloth for a deep shine.
7. Re-apply an oil-based finish every two to three years, or as recommended by the manufacturer, to ensure protection from wear and tear.
Lacquered Wood Floor
1. Sweep and Vacuum regularly – Lacquered floors should be vacuumed at least once a week and swept daily to remove extra dirt, dust, and debris. Make sure the vacuum doesn’t contain a beater bar and brush as these can damage the lacquer.
2. Clean With Ease – If more than sweeping and vacuuming is needed, use warm water with a mild soap to clean the floor. Avoid using harsh cleaners or chemicals as this can damage the finish. Use a microfiber mop or a damp cloth to clean the floor.
3. Protect the Surface – Place door mats at the entryways of the room or house to catch dirt and debris. Use protective pads under furniture and area rugs to prevent scratching or warping of the lacquered wood.
4. Spills – Wipe up spills right away with a damp cloth and mild cleaning solution. Be sure to dry the area
Wood Floor Sealers
Our professional floor finishes come in different forms, these are;
- Varnish (water-based)
- Oil and wax varnish will give your floor more of a clear finish, with a bit of a shine; this is a very hard wearing sealer
- Oil will compliment your wood floor with a slightly richer look
- Wax will bring more of a natural look to the wood
Depending on which option you go for determines how many coats you will need. Each coat will need to dry fully before applying the next coat. We have fast-drying machinery that helps to speed up this process, again reducing disruption to your home or business.
Wood Floor Restoration
If your floor has no need for sanding we can offer our wood restoration service, which will give your floor a great look. (We generally would need to see the floor to determine the best process).
Our team at Wood Floor People can perform a range of flooring services. Get in contact with us to find out how we can help you.
Please use the enquiry form opposite; we look forward to receiving your enquiry and will reply as soon as possible.