Floor Sanding: Why Do You Need It?

So, why do you need floor sanding? Will it really make a difference to the floorboards? These are only a few of the questions our clients frequently ask when debating whether to go ahead with floor sanding. The quickest way to answer is to take a look at your floors; It may have been quite a few years since they were last sanded, or they have not been sanded since originally being installed. Are they looking worn and tired, or covered with old marks, scuffs, scratches and stain? If so, then it’s a good time to think about getting them restored to their former glory.

There are various scenarios where the above damage can be done to your floor, to the point it needs to be sanded. One of the easiest ways to do damage would be to drop something onto it, damaging the finish and potentially marking the wood, or if a pet has an accident and stains the finish.  If the finish has worn through, or if there is damage to the finish leaving the wood underneath exposed, then the wood is liable to staining. An all too common cause of damage is dragging heavy furniture across the floor, leaving scratch marks. This can be easily avoided by using self-adhesive felt pads on the underside of your furniture feet, or by lifting furniture and placing it into its new position, rather than dragging it.

A project we undertook at Cardew House in Alresford is a perfect example of when floor sanding can be needed. The House in question is a beautiful 18th Century home, whose owners had been renovating the premises for several years. The main sitting room had a tired oak block floor, whilst the dining room boasted a pine floor with lovely wide boards. Both floors had seen better days but were clearly once impressive centrepieces and it was clear, with a bit of love and attention, could be again. We sanded both floors back and sealed the oak without a colour stain. The dining room floor was given a mid-colour stain to provide depth and structure to a room that already boasted strong colours in its decoration. The overall result for both rooms was stunning, keeping with the period in which it the house was constructed and restoring character beautifully, yet still looking brand new.

This case isn’t unusual. Often when period properties change hands, the new owners take up the old carpets with the intention of replacing them, and instead discover solid wooden floors. These hidden gems look good as new once they’ve been sanded and refinished.

Whether your floor is visibly damaged, or just looking old, worn and in need of a breath of life, sanding and refinishing can transform not only the floor, but the entire room, bringing masses of character into your home.

For any more help and advice please feel free to call us on 01962 733016 or email info@winchesterwoodfloors.co.uk and we can get your flooring project off the ground today! 

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