Things To Consider Before Restoring Your Floor

There are several things you should consider when restoring your floor. If the damage is substantial, you will probably be better off replacing the entire floor. Not all damage is superficial but creaking floors, for example, can indicate a larger problem beneath the surface. You might also see signs of mold or termite infestation below the surface. These conditions can ruin a beautiful hardwood floor, so it’s best to call in a professional for assistance.

Before you get started

Before you restoring your floor, make a list of all pieces so that you can match them later. To restore the floor, start by removing shoe molding and doors from the room. If the molding is not flush with the floor, you may have to remove it manually. You can also inspect the floor to determine if nails are not flush with the floor. If you see nails, you can use a nail set, which is a small metal tool used to drive nails below the hardwood’s surface. Otherwise, you may have to replace the entire board.

If you have a wooden floor it should be cleaned thoroughly, so it is vital to follow proper cleaning procedures. It’s best to avoid using a foaming cleaner that may scratch the surface of your flooring as this is not the best choice for your floors. 

Damages to consider

You should also take note of whether your floor has any holes or cracks. If the gaps are not filled properly, you will have to sand the entire area again. Only once you’ve fixed any holes, you should apply wood putty and polish it.

If your floorboards have been damaged by water, you might need to replace them. This is an expensive process, and if the floorboards are not a good match, they may need to be replaced altogether. If the damage is too deep to repair, you can use a trowel filling solution to fix it. This is a quick and easy fix, but it’s not a long-term solution so speak to us if you need further advice. 

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