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How to restore my timber floors to their former glory

Timber floors may be gorgeous, but they’re not indestructible. After years of use, your floorboards might start to show signs of wear and tear – scratches, marks, and a faded stain.

The good news is, restoring your timber floors to their former glory isn’t difficult or expensive. With a bit of elbow grease, your floors will regain their sparkle and look as good as new.

Timber can be sensitive, so it’s crucial you do your research, commit to the process, and select the right products. Here’s how to restore your timber floors step by step.

Step 1: Floor sanding

Floor sanding and polishing are fundamental to the restoration process, so let’s start with sanding.

Sanding your timber floors helps remove scratches and imperfections. Even if your floors don’t look damaged, it’s likely their dull, lacklustre surface is covered in minor nicks and scratches. Sanding your floors removes the existing stain and a fine layer of timber, revealing a fresh, primed surface ready for sealing and staining. Think of your sanded floors as a blank canvas.

In most cases, we recommend contacting your preferred hardwood floor sanding company. If you’re a savvy DIYer, you can attempt to sand your floors yourself; however, you will need some pretty heavy-duty equipment. For the best results, you need commercial-grade sanding equipment with dust extraction.

Whether you DIY or hire professionals, you’ll need to remove all furniture and floor coverings from the room before sanding. If you’re undertaking the process yourself, check for any protruding nails and give your floors a final clean. You don’t want any dirt or debris causing a sanding mishap.

Once your floors are smooth and free of damage, you’re ready to move on.

Step 2: Filling in holes

Whether it’s your kids’ playroom, kitchen, or timber staircase, perfect floor restoration requires all holes and big knots to be filled and blended. It’s a little extra work, but in the long run, the effort is worthwhile.

Timber filler removes any lingering imperfections. Again, hiring a professional team of floor strainers will yield the best results. Matching your fill with the colour of your timber isn’t always easy!

Step 3: Floor finishing

A blank canvas needs colour, and that’s where floor staining and floor polishing come into play. There are several considerations to make when selecting a finish for your floors:

  • Colour: Are you looking to preserve the natural colour of the timber? Or are you wanting to make a statement with a warm honey or deep chocolate hue?
  • Oil or water-based: Water-based stains dry much faster, but oil-based stains are typically more durable.
  • Finish: Choose between a satin, gloss, and matte finish. Satin and matte are usually preferred as they’re harder wearing. Gloss tends to scratch and mark easily.
  • Topcoat: Do you need a non-slip coating added? Ask your timber staining team which type of topcoat is best suited to your home.

When you’ve decided on a stain, it’s go-time. You can either stain your floors yourself or work with a professional.

Step 4: Ongoing maintenance

After you have restored your timber floors to their former glory, proper maintenance can ensure they stay looking their best for years and years to come – that’s the beauty of hardwood floors.

When caring for timber flooring, choose hardwood-friendly cleaning products. Some cleaners are too abrasive or contain chemicals that break down or discolour stains and damage timber. If you’d like expert advice on caring for freshly stained floors, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Breathe new life into your timber floors

If you’re ready to transform dull, lifeless floors into the centrepiece of your home, get in contact today. Our hardwood floor restoration specialists service Melbourne, Victoria.

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