Published on December 21, 2015
1. Tips for Restoring Old Wooden Floors In early homes wide boards were used for flooring as narrow boards were expensive. Usually one would find floors made out of wood planks of 8 to 10 inch width. While these boards were meant to be unfinished, they were painted upon for easy clean up and also to protect the wood. Painted floors are a common sight in historical homes and old houses. With quality materials and proper preparation you can conduct flooring restoration easily and preserve them for many more years. Preparation: In order to restore a decorative flooring or a painted flooring, make sure that you set aside several days for completing all the necessary tasks. Your room that is being restored will be off limits for everyone and therefore you will have to set aside at least 2 weeks for the same. Buy knee pads, gloves, safety glasses, vapor mask and a filtered vacuum for the purpose of restoration. Preparation of the floor begins by hammering any nails or plugs that are protruding outside the surface. Now the next step is to address the gaps. While small gaps may simply be unsightly, it is the larger gaps that can be a real nuisance. Gaps set in due to compression set (due to seasonal changes) cannot be
2. rectified but you can definitely fill them up. First clean the built up debris that is stuck in between the gaps using different tools and a vacuum cleaner. The better the cleaning, the better the fill-in repairs will last and thus your refinish job will last longer. For best adhesion, it is important that you sand the floor prior to repainting. You can choose to buy any power sander or also do it manually. After sanding, vacuum thoroughly and then pay attention to any gaps that you see between boards. Now wash the floor using a big sponge and cleaner. The cleaner should be able to remove wax, grease and grime easily. Filling the Gaps: Before the painting, it is important to fill the gaps as it will protect the boards form future damage caused by debris build up and it will also make the floor easy to clean. It is best to fill
3. gaps during fall and spring as the wood is neither at its maximum or minimum aspect. It is advisable to avoid doing it during summers as the wood is fully expanded at that time. Painting: Once you have done the initial processes, it is time to paint the floor. Oil paints are preferred as they are perfect for high traffic area as well as wood. Floor paints are extra glossy as they contain resins that set up harder than usual paints and thus add more durability. Make sure to wear soft clothing, socks and an organic vapor charcoal mask. Make sure to always have a rag with thinner over it and a vacuum cleaner to clean the lint that will appear continuously. After you have applied your paint, allow several days for it to set before you start using that room.