Polishing Old Timber Floors
Usually when polishing old timber floors issues will arise. Beside bathrooms perhaps there may be water damage. Perhaps borer or termite damage may be present. Below are the most common defects we come across. In any event, the good news is we can repair them. To begin with, let’s look at some of these common defects.
Sometimes polishing old timber floors may involve some floorboard replacement. Economy Floor Sanding are experts at blending and likewise matching timber colour. In addition, we also stain new timber floorboards to match with your existing floor.
What You May Encounter
Polishing old timber floors and stubborn stains, go hand in hand! The good news is sometimes they will sand out 100 percent. In contrast, there are some types of stains which are impossible to sand out. For example, one of the worst types of stains is animal urine. Water leakage over a period of time can also stain. Further, it can even start to rot a floor. Other stains can include oil stains, rust stains from nails, and burns.
From time to time some clients change their floor plan. You should always do this before your floors. Perhaps you move a wall for example; this will reveal raw timber boards. In this case, we cannot do a spot sand and coat of those boards. We would need to sand and polish the entire area.
Other Trade Work
Ensure other trades have completely finished all their work prior to polishing your floor. This includes structural changes, painting and tiling before your timber floor sanders arrive. Never polish your floors before this stage, because there is a high risk you may damage your floors. Repairs may entail re-coating or complete re-sanding to carry out concealed repairs.
Regardless of the damage, it will definitely increase your floor sanding costs. Repairs and join lines to floor coatings can be an eyesore. Using the correct location for a join line or repair can avoid this, such as in a doorway. This is opposed to, for example making a join in the middle of a room. In that case gloss level variants would be obvious in reflected light.
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Repairs on a Recent Floor in Stafford
This short video shows an example of some of the problems faced when polishing old timber floors.
View another post about another old hardwood floor we restored in Wavell Heights just north of Brisbane.
Kitchens and polishing old timber floors
As with moving an existing wall, when updating your kitchen it may not sit exactly in the same location. This will expose unsealed boards. Once again, this will involve the sanding and polishing of an entire area. Be sure to install your kitchen before your floor sanding and polishing. It is common for a kitchen installer to request the floor sanding done first. This would be a huge mistake. During a kitchen installation, cupboards get shuffled around, and adjusted. Splashbacks and appliances will both offer plenty of opportunities for damage. Objects and substances will meet with the floor surface. These can include tools, grout, adhesives and silicon.
Painting Your Walls
It is best to complete your painting tasks before floor sanding and polishing. Be careful not to flood paint on at the skirting boards. Paint will penetrate down the gaps between floorboards. This can prove difficult or impossible to remove. No matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. So why risk it? Carrying out any major painting tasks before polishing your floors. Removing paint residue from a finished floor can cause permanent damage if not done in the right way. Have a look at this Ashgrove floor sanding case study and you will see what we mean about paint spills on old floors.
Going That Extra Mile
A Recent Floor Restoration Job
We recently completed a Brisbane timber floor sanding and polishing restoration job. It was for a customer in Bilsen Rd Wavell Heights. This was an older home typical for the area, which proved less than a straightforward project. At the quote stage, the owner said he would remove two walls before the work commenced.
The job was set to start Friday and completed Tuesday (excluding Sunday). When I arrived, I found some large holes in the floor. It was under where the walls had sat. Some floorboards would need replacing. I would also need to stagger the joins to blend in the repair.
Time To Make The Magic Happen
I always like to stick to my start/completion dates. Now I had my work cut out for me to locate these exact boards. I now needed to locate some floorboards with identical colour, age and also timber grain. Besides that, I also needed to find them over the weekend. Playing ‘cat and mouse’ timber floorboard hunting on my only day off is NOT my idea of fun! I managed to finally find some at a recycling yard in Brisbane north. It was on Sunday, although there was more bad news. The floorboards I found we’re too wide. I spent Sunday afternoon milling them down to the exact width at home.
A Great Result For the Customer
Monday morning they went in and were a ‘PERFECT’ match. A headache? …Yes! But the customer was ecstatic and appreciative. It was all completed on time as promised. Economy Floor sanding deliver on their promises, and we’re proud of it!
Read about some of our Brisbane north floor sanding case studies here. here.