- REFINISHING YOUR HARDWOOD FLOORS! -
Sad, bad, worn, rotten, painted, scraped, scratched….
A hardwood floor can endure umpteen indignities.
But it’s tough and resilient – waiting to return to its original glory with a beautiful new floor slumbering beneath the surface.
Another job for Hardwood Floor Renovation Co.!
In a home, office or commercial environment, the most tired or ill-treated floor can be repaired and brought back to life with modern hardwood floor sanding techniques.
Leave your floor to us. It will be repaired; boards replaced and realigned; gaps filled; sanded to smooth perfection.
Then it may be stained to a new colour or shade.
And finished off with the sealants of your choice: lacquer, wax or oil.
The whole job done in a professional and friendly manner.
Hardwood Floor RefurbishCo. work throughout London and the Home Counties. We repair all kinds of hardwood floors – from every level of condition and neglect.
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Five simple steps for restoring your parquet floor
If you're lucky enough to have parquet flooring in your home, you need to keep it in as best condition as possible to ensure its longevity. Follow our five simple steps to a beautifully restored floor.
Step 1: Damaged or loose blocks
Before you do anything else, you need to check to see if any of the blocks are loose. If there is any movement while walking over the blocks, or they sound hollow when you knock on them, they may not be as firmly secured to the floor as they should be.
Take care when removing blocks, as most parquet floors use a tongue and groove locking system, so neighbouring blocks may be loosened if care is not taken.
Step 2: Cleaning
Bitumen used to be a common substance used to secure the blocks to the underfloor but is no longer allowed to be used within the house. If you have an old parquet floor, it's likely that bitumen was used and you'll have to pull all the blocks up to clean the bitumen off them. You can chisel, sand and scrape the bitumen off the blocks and underfloor (popping the blocks in the freezer first will make them easier to chisel).
Remove as much of the bitumen as you possibly can, and bear in mind that the residue left behind can affect the time a modern adhesive takes to set by as much as 3 days.
Step 3: Levelling the underfloor
The concrete underfloor may be uneven and needs to be evened out before the blocks are refitted. You can lay down an acrylic levelling compound at a maximum of 3mm per coat (be sure to read the instructions and get advice from the professionals!) or the underfloor can be sanded to an even level.
Step 4: Re-installing blocks
Lay your blocks back down as carefully as possible, keeping the gaps between them as small as you can. There should always be tiny gaps left to account for the expansion of the wood depending on seasonal changes, but nothing too big. Any gaps that do remain can be filled in after the floor has been laid, so don't feel you need to start all over again if you create a few gaps!
Use a modern parquet adhesive and apply using a notched trowel to create ridges which will spread out evenly once the block is laid. Try to wipe up any spills while it's still wet, so it's easier to get rid of.
Step 5: Sanding and finish
It's always best to sand the entire floor rather than just reinstalled areas, as this gives you a much better and more uniform finish overall.
Use wax remover or white spirit to remove any existing wax on the floor.
A belt sander will not leave any scatter marks on your lovely parquet floor, so it's the best tool to use for the larger area along with an edge sander for the hard to reach areas. Start at one wall, walk the belt sander across the room and back again for the best results.
Once you've done the room, overlapping by half on each run, redo the whole thing with grit 80 paper (grit 40 paper on the edge-sander). To fill in any gaps, mix the sand dust with wood-filler and apply. Leave this to dry for around an hour and resand again with grit 120.
Oils have a lovely finish on parquet floors and will absorb into the wood. Oil and wax your floors according to instructions given on the product, or following professional advice, and get ready to enjoy your brand new floor.
Of course, if the thought of restoring your parquet floor is something you'd rather leave to the professionals from start to finish, contact The Floor Sanding Specialists today.