Original Pine Boards Restoration: the restored pine floorboards are are having the unique ability to bring a warm rustic look and feel to your home. Many homes have timber sub-floors constructed with pine boards nailed over perpendicular joists. Originally being simply a construction timber was not meant to become the finishing floor as well. For this reason there was no attention paid to the aesthetic side back then hence the the rustic look. Beside this, pine is a softwood prone to noticeable expansion and contraction, cupping, warping etc. This is the main cause for gaps.
Having said all these we may say that any attempt to make on original pine sub-floor to look at the same standards as a finishing floor is unfounded since after the first winter will start to deteriorate.
A brief description of the work involved: our Original Pine Boards Restoration service is dedicated to bring back the beautiful look of your floor thus extending its lifetime and refreshing your home appearance .
Furniture: we highly recommend to consider clearing the surface which will be restored of all the furniture and items. We know that many times this is not possible or easy to do so we will move the furniture in an area on which will not work if available. According to the type of finish requested we can also work having the bigger furniture items around although it is strongly not recommended as we will explain below. Of course polyethylene dust sheets are used to cover the furniture, fireplaces, built-in cabinets and shelves etc.
Existing covering removal: it may be the case that your original pine boards were covered at one point with carpet or laminate. We will remove them carefully not to cause damages to the precious floor underneath.
Wooden floor assessing: this stage is of critical importance as it will generate the best approach. Always a proper assessment is done before starting the the work and after removing the existing covering (if it is the case). We will look for information like the thickness of the board, wood species, installation failures which need repairs, loose or damaged elements that need replacing, gaps to be filled.
Repairs and gap filling: if there are boards damaged to a degree that requires replacing we will try to source similar ones. Nails will be punched. Also the wider gaps will be filled with elastic polyurethane based filler, colour matched, which is suitable for coating with oil or wooden slivers cut from reclaimed pine floorboards will be glued.
Original pine boards Sanding stage: we aim to extend the lifespan of your floor through our original pine floorboards restoration service. Thus we will start sanding with the least aggressive grit possible so to remove just the damaged surface layer of wood and not more. For example if your floor is having deep dents and very worn areas a more aggressive grit will be used. Otherwise a lesser one.
Another important aspect is patiently changing the grits from rough to fine step by step and not skipping. The thorough vacuuming between each step is mandatory as it will prevent potential small debris to scratch the open grains. This is the most common source of sanding failures which are visible when the finishing coat is applied.
Between sanding steps filler will be applied to fill any present gaps.
A special care and attention will be dedicated to sanding the edges, corners and other details. Due to our high performance equipment the skirting will not be damaged during our work.
Pine floorboards Oil Finishing: after the stripping and sanding process is properly completed the hardwood floor needs to be sealed with oil. If you would like to change the colour of your floor now is the moment because the best results are achieved with the first coat. Is good to know that each species of wood, beside its natural colour, absorbs differently the oil thus influencing the final colour. We always provide samples or tests before the definitive application. With special techniques, darker or lighter variations of the same colour can be obtained. The oil will be applied with the buffing machine especially if is coloured, but also, for maximum result, special brushes may be used for this. Finally, a clear coat of oil will be applied.
Pine floorboards Lacquer Finishing: after the stripping and sanding process is properly completed the hardwood floor needs to be sealed with lacquer. If you would like to change the colour of your floor now is the moment. Is good to know that each species of wood beside its natural colour absorbs differently the stain or dye thus influencing the final colour. We always provide samples or tests before the definitive application. With special techniques, darker or lighter variations of the same colour can be obtained. Finally several clear coats of lacquer will be applied.
Furniture back & felts: now all is done, the equipment loaded and the new floor thoroughly vacuumed and cleaned. We will stick felt pads under the furniture and will rearrange it as it was initially.
As a few notes about Original Pine Boards Restoration:
Our state of the art sanding equipment will be connected to dust extractors which allows us to work dustless. Indeed it’s impossible to work dust free as small particles may escape in the surrounding air. Yet the amount are negligible.
Also it is noisy. This is due once again to the friction of the abrasives over the wood surface, and not only.
We hope that now you have a more in-depth information about how to opt for Original Pine Boards Restoration.