Project: Floorboards Restoration & Staining in Victorian Pine Colour
Before the works
The pine floorboards in this Wimbledon home was overall looking tired and in need of restoration. During our free home survey, we did thorough inspection of the floorboards and discussed with the client all possible options.
Our client has decided to go for gap filling, some minor repairs, staining and finishing the floors in matt lacquer.
How we did it...
Our floor restoration service begins with detailed inspection of the floors and any repairs to the floorboards will be completed in this initial stage. In this project approx. we have refiited approx. 5 sqm of floorboards, which had some looseness prior to sanding the floors.
The level across the original floorboards can vary and in many cases it is uneven and will require a coarse sanding, to prepare the level first. This sometimes can go down to a 24 grit, or even 16 grit in some rare cases.
Once this initial sanding is done, the level across the floors is improved and the floorbards will be ready to go through the gap filling and finishing stages.
Next stage in the process of wood floor sanding was the application of the gap filling. We aim to apply resin filler in the end of the working day, so it settles properly overnight and we can repeat on following day, if we feel this is required. Gap filling is recommended for wooden floors where no movement of the plank is noticed. This is not always the case with floorboards, so we make sure if refitting can help, it will done first or we will otherwise advise the client.
Sanding the floors with finer grids (80 - 100 gr) and a good rotary buff to the pine timber with higher grid buffing screens is the most important stage in the preparation of the floorboards for finishing.
A number of colour samples were provided on a sanded surface for the client to review and approve, prior to application and finishing the floors. The client on this project decided to go with Morrells Victorian Pine colour.
Floors were consequently sealed with a coat of primer and 2 coats of Bona Mega water-based lacquer in matt sheen with another light screen buff between the coats, for an excellent final touch to the finish.