There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the transformation from an old run down floor, to a stunning work of art that boosts your propertie's value.
Whether you're looking to strip back and reseal a deck, or rip up the carpet to reveal the hardwood underneath, this guide to timber floor restoration will have you covered.
There are 5 steps to a fantastic timber floor restoration project and they are:
The first step is to discover what your dealing with. In some cases it's simple because you can see the timber and already know what you working with. If this is you, then feel free to skip to #2. If however, your floor is currently carpeted or has cheap lino from the 80ís on it, then youíll need to take a bit more time here.
I recommend removing all of the current covering until you're left with plain, bare timber. This means removing all underlay and nail boards from carpeted floors. As well all glue residue from lino floors.
At this point look carefully at your timber & sand a small area so you get a look at what you have. There are many timber guides online to help you identify the wood you have to work with. Although it might seem trivial, this research will come in extremely handy when you're researching products to use later.
Next up is the sanding phase. Iíd strongly recommend that you get a professional floor sander to come in and help you here. The reason being is that floor sanders require specialised knowledge and is an art form in its own right.
However if you do want to hire a sander for the weekend and do it yourself, then I recommend the following order for your paper.
By following this system youíll end up with a beautiful smooth floor ready for staining.
Now it's decision time. To stain or not to stain.
This is where the research into the timber your floor is made from comes in. You see some light, cheaper floors such as Pine make the perfect candidate for staining as they absorb colour extremely well. On the flip side, dark hardwoods normally have enough colour and character of their own that they donít need any stain.
So do some research as to the best approach for your particular wood.
Now its time to seal your floor. This is especially important for outdoor decks that wonít get polished. I suggest investing in a high quality weather resistant seal for all outdoor timber such as DWD. This will provide a durable protective layer that will look after all your hard work.
If youíve been restoring your indoor floors and you want a super smooth polished look then I strongly recommend getting in a professional floor polisher. Floor polishing isnít something that you can easily do at home as most equipment hire companies donít rent floor polishing equipment. However it's well worth the investment in a quality professional because the quality of your polish will dramatically effect your final product.
I hope this timber floor restoration guide has been helpful, and all the best on your future DIY Projects!