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4 Ways to Refresh Your Tired Looking Wood Floors

4 Ways to Refresh Your Tired Looking Wood Floors

After you read this blog, you may be game for a thorough cleaning of your floor and possibly adding a top coat of finish or wax to your floor. But, beyond that you could be entering un-chartered territories. Then it’s best to call in an expert for sanding and finishing. So, as with any home improvement contractor, get referrals from trusted friends and tradesmen, check references, and go see their previous work. So, here’s the short list for refreshing your hardwood floors.

Give them a thorough clean. 

Start your clean with a thorough vacuum throughout the room and then clean your floor with a damp, not wet mop which has been sprayed with warm water.  If your floor is extremely dirty, you may decide to use a cleaning product but here are 2 good tips:

Do use a floor-cleaning product recommended by the floor finisher or opt for plain soap and water.

If the recommended product is hard to find or costly and other floor cleaners contain ingredients that violate your floor’s warranty, try soap and water. Try a 1/4 cup of mild or pH-neutral soap (like liquid dishwashing soap) or Murphy Oil Soap (despite the name, it doesn’t contain oil) to a bucket of water.

Don’t rely on water alone or a vinegar and water solution to clean hardwood floorsMopping with water will result in dingy-looking floors and won’t fight dirt buildup. Vinegar and water is not as effective as soapy water and — some suggest — may dull floors sooner.

Top up your finish. 

If your floor is looking tired because the finish has had its fair share of wear and tear, you can refresh it by topping up the finish.  The two main types of wood flooring finish are lacquer and wax.  People who prefer lacquered wood flooring tend to appreciate a higher shine than those who choose the more natural looking, oil finish. Obviously, you put on what you already have – do not mix and match coatings.

Screen & Re-coat.

Screening and buffing are the same thing. Both mean that you “scuff up” or abrade the floor, and then you apply a coat of polyurethane for protection and sheen.  Screening is often called buffing, since the screening is done with a buffer.  Screening both smooths the floors a bit, and the abrasive action allows the polyurethane to adhere to the surface better.  The screen and recoat process can restore the glow of the floors and give them a refreshed look.

Refinish & Re-coat

If your floor has deep gouges and the finish has been completely worn through in areas, you will need a full refinishing job. So, as with any home improvement contractor, get referrals from trusted friends and tradesmen, check references, and go see their previous work. This is important as they will be running an industrial grade drum sander which will take your floor down to the bare wood. After that you can decide to add stain and re-coat or simply re-coat your floors and they will look like new!

Hardwood floors are a gorgeous and enviable feature of any home. They add a touch of luxury and warmth, and can elevate the presentation of an entire room. They are worth the effort.

Best Wood Floors for Radiant Heat Flooring

Best Wood Floors for Radiant Heat Flooring

When installing radiant heat systems be sure to ask for quarter sawn wood. Besides the unique appearance, rift and quartered wood flooring is highly prized for its stability.

In general, wood flooring adjusts to the climate that it is in by regularly absorbing and releasing moisture from the environment.  This causes floor boards to expand and contract as its surrounding conditions change. But, because of the way the logs are cut, rift and quarter sawn material is less inclined toward gapping, expanding/contracting or cupping as a result of temperature and seasonal changes which makes it very desirable flooring.  For these reasons, Rift and Quartered hardwood flooring can be used over radiant heating and in homes near the water.  White Oak Rift and Quarter Sawn wide plank flooring is a shown in this image from a newly built home in CT. It’s not only stylish and beautiful but also very stable.

 

Wood Flooring & Acclimation

Once your wood flooring is ordered you will be given a delivery date. Be sure that on the date of delivery you have an area in your new home or room where you can safely store your wood planks. When your wood is delivered it CANNOT be installed immediately. It must go through a process called ACCLIMATION. This is the process of allowing a wood floor’s moisture content to equilibrate (reach equilibrium) with its surrounding environment. NOTE: Wood flooring installation is usually one of the last jobs of any construction project..
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