Wood is a beautiful floor covering, and in many cases, it tends to add value to your home when it’s well maintained.
However, like many wood surfaces and items, deterioration and aging tend to set it quite early if they’re not well-maintained.
Before any renovation, you must first check the condition of the wooden floor.
If you notice that a few planks/tiles are damaged, you will need to change them.
To replace a damaged plank, you will need to saw off the damaged plank at each end. Next, you will need to create a hole of a large enough diameter so that you can slide a saw blade in.
Third, you will need to saw the floorboard along its entire length. You can break the latter using a hammer or screwdriver. Afterward, don’t forget to check the condition of the joists.
Only after all these steps will you re-install the new plank that you will have to nail to the joists.
It will also be important to spot if the floor contains any holes or cracks. If so, you can use a resin-based wood filler to fix them.
This wood paste is sold tinted; therefore, you must choose it according to the type of parquet in your house.
You will need to apply the filling product using a coating knife to cover any cracks.
Remember to remove excess paste after repairs before it hardens.
Only after all the cracks are filled, and your damaged planks have been changed, you can sand.
For this step, be sure to always sand in the direction of the grain, shifting a few centimeters with each pass.
After sanding your floor, you will have to choose what finish you want to give it.
There are three main types of finishes, each with its advantages and disadvantages.
This is the most common type of finish. It durably protects your wood from all possible aggressions such as stains, shocks, etc.
It is available in several finishes: gloss, satin, and mat. So you have a wide choice, depending on your preferences.
It is also a relatively economical finishing product. On the other hand, it is less aesthetic than the other two methods.
The oil finish gives a traditional appearance to the wood and is very resistant and easy to maintain.
The downside is that it is irreversible because the oil penetrates deeply into the wood.
Also, it requires regular maintenance, generally every 6-12 months.
Wax is a natural finish, which less resistant than varnish.
It is relatively easy to apply, and it enhances and protects your wooden floor.
The wax will give the wood a unique patinated appearance.
However, it is less resistant than varnish and requires more maintenance.
For example, if a stain appears on your floor, you will have to re-sand it, in addition to applying a new coat of wax.
If you need professional help to refinish the floor or your entire home interior, Maller Painting can help.
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