Wood flooring is a ‘must have’ in most contemporary homes, but even the best cared for floors can start looking a little tired after a while.
The easiest way to refresh your floors is to give them a really deep clean. Start with a thorough vacuum, then wash with a damp but not wet mop. You can use an appropriate cleaning product if it’s particularly dirty, but water usually does the trick. If you want to use a steam mop, ensure the floor is properly sealed and don’t linger too long in any one place or you’ll damage the floor.
If you’re still not satisfied, try one of the following options.
Resand and Refinish
This is the most radical option, but will produce the best results, particularly with engineered wood flooring. However, for the best results you might consider using the professionals for the best finish. Then simply decide whether you want to oil for a more vintage, matte look or lacquer for a high gloss, hardwearing finish. You could also stain a different colour or even paint the boards for a very personalised look. Try looking at a site like http://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/engineered-wood-flooring.html for some inspiration.
Buff and Polish
If you don’t want to go the whole hog and resand and refinish your tired looking floors, then you can hire a buffer that will polish up your hardwood or engineered wood flooring and create either a matte or high gloss finish, depending on the polish you use. Work carefully and methodically, applying a little polish and spreading across an area of the floor in a circular motion, making sure you spread the polish evenly.
Top Up Your Finish
This is the simplest solution to wood flooring fatigue and will bring back some life and some sparkle to those tired looking floorboards. It’s simply a case of topping up the existing finish, whether that’s high gloss lacquer or warm matte oil or wax. If there are any small stains, remove them using fine wire wool before applying either lacquer or oil to refinish your flooring. Apply carefully as per the product instructions and be sure to wipe away any excess with a cloth. When dry, simply buff with a dry cloth to bring out the shine in your floors and keep them looking as beautiful as ever.