Value of wood floors: Apart from adding value to your home, wooden floors are also very attractive and can be easily cleaned and taken care of as opposed to carpeting. However, nothing can prevent it from being exposed to the scourges of time, which eventually make it dull, scarred and water-damaged.
A beautifully polished wood floor creates an inviting environment and adds to the warmth of your home. If your hardwood floors are becoming grimy, scratched and lightly worn but you are in two minds about asking for professional help and taking up an expensive refinishing project; you can always opt for alternative and cost-effective methods.
Real estate showings and in-house events are ideal occasions to justify rejuvenation work; but, it shouldn’t be limited to just that.
Screening and Re-coating
One of the easiest and most cost effective methods of wood floor restoration is screening and coating. When carried out annually on the exposed hardwood surface, it revitalizes the finish and protects it against wear and tear brought about by regular traffic. The steps for the screening and re-coating are as follows:
- Check for any signs of discoloration, paint, food stains, varnish, or other similar foreign matter. A mild soap and warm water solution should be used for removing these stains.
- Use a light vinegar solution to mop the floor after thoroughly sweeping and vacuuming it. Leave it to dry out completely before proceeding further. Avoid screening if you find any area of standing water or moisture remaining.
- Make an abrasion on the top finishing layer by using a 120-grit screen or fine steel wool, and a rotary floor buffer or pole sander. This way, the re-coating can be applied and allowed to spread across the floor surface in an uniform spread. Once the screening is done, there should be an even and dull finish remaining on the surface.
- Use a good hardwood vacuum to thoroughly remove any grit or dust produced by the screening process. Apply solvent using a clean rag to tack and form a smooth layer over the abraded surface.
- Coat the floor with the same finish that was previously used on it. Make use of an appropriate brush when applying finish to the corners and edges. Use a foam pad applicator for coating the remainder of the surface. If you’re unsure of the coating material, use an isolated area as a test surface and if the finish doesn’t produce any adhesion issues, carry out the same for the rest of the floor.
Giving a New to The Old
Apart from the screening and hobbing methods, there are numerous other ways to make your wood floors look new again. The first step involves a thorough cleaning of the wood surface to remove all forms of dirt and grit that may exist on it.
A mechanical floor buffer can really add to the shine. Operating the buffers in a consistent pattern produces the best results. Ensure that the buffer pads are frequently changed in order to get the best results.
You should also be able to determine the cleaner that’s best suited for your floor type before applying it to the surface. Generally, choosing the same shine product as the previous one produces the best results. Add a fresh coat, wait for it to dry, and then use a very soft cloth to wipe the area.
Waxing is also a good technique but not as effective on surfaces that have been treated with oil or a penetrating sealer as those materials are already well embedded into the layers. These shellac and varnish finishes can be removed from the floors by sanding, and once the entire sealant gets extracted, you can use other waxing and cleaning products.
Refinishing wood floors can take a lot of time and effort. As a DIY’er, you may be able to rent a sanding machine and pursuit the task on your own; but, due to the amount of time required for completing such a task, it might be wiser to just call a professional. Apart from sanding, they will also take care of the resealing work.
Making old wooden floors look new again is definitely worth the investment. Aside from giving your home that new and refreshed look, it can also significantly increase the value of it.