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Easy Ways to Repair Damaged Timber Floor

Wood floors are susceptible to damage at some point. This can happen through wear and tear over time, or from an accident such as spilling liquid on the floor. If this happens to your timber flooring, don't worry! There are many simple and easy ways to repair it and restore your floor's beauty. In this blog post we're going to go through six of those methods so that you know what they are and how to do them!

 

Treat the bare wood on your floor with a protective coating

The bare wood on your floor should then be treated with a protective treatment once all debris has been removed. This will help protect them from further damage or staining in the future! You need to make sure that you get a product which is specially designed for timber floors, and that you follow the instructions carefully when applying it.

Remove debris from the floor

The first thing to do is to remove any large pieces of debris from the floor. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean up all dust and small particles, before using a damp cloth or sponge mop with warm water on your timber floors. You can also use some gentle soap if there are stains on the floor which you need to get rid of!

Scrape off any paint or varnish that is peeling

The paint or varnish on your floors should be scraped off if they are peeling. You can use a sharp scraper that has been lubricated with oil for this purpose. It's important not to damage the wood underneath while scraping! Make sure you cover any exposed areas of timber (such as around skirting boards and door frames) with some tape before you start.

Cleaning products can be used to remove stains from your floor

A disinfectant spray may be necessary if there are stubborn stains on your floor (such as paint or varnish). However, make sure you test a small area of the floor before applying anything to avoid damaging it!

Sand the area smooth and finalise with a polish

If your floor has dents or gouges, you must sand them. Use an oscillating machine sander and some 80-grit sandpaper to do this (follow the safety instructions that come with it). You should then smooth over the area using 60-grit paper and give it a polish, to make the area nice and smooth.

Waxing Your Floor

To finish, you can apply floor wax to add additional protection against damage like scratches or stains! If your floors are in good condition this step is not necessary, but it's still worth considering if they have been damaged before.

Apply wood hardener to any area of rot

It will be necessary to apply a wood hardener product to any area of rot on your floor. Make sure that the area is cleaned and dry before doing this (as always). You should wait for it to fully dry before applying another layer.

Don't forget about edging!

If you have wooden skirting boards around the edge of your floor, then they may also need some attention. You can choose to sand them or apply a coat of varnish if you want to restore their colour and protect them from damage.

Fill in small holes with wood filler

If there are any small holes in your floor (such as nails or screw holes) then you can fill them with wood filler and sand the area smooth afterwards. This will ensure that they blend into the rest of your floor surface, so it's important not to skip this step!

Apply two coats of water-based polyurethane sealant

The final step is to apply two coats of water-based polyurethane sealant, which will provide added protection against damage and staining! Make sure you let the first coat dry completely before applying another one. You may need up to three coats in some areas if they are really damaged.

Conclusion

If you apply these tips then your floor will look just as good as when it was first laid in no time at all! Make sure you don't forget any of them.

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