The longevity of hardwood flooring is what makes this type of wood a preferred choice for all kinds of building projects. Unlike softwood, hardwood takes a long time to produce, but the results are well worth it. Every type of hardwood has its own unique grain and oak is a popular option for its structure and aesthetic appeal. So durable is this type of wood that it often comes with a lifetime guarantee. However, there is always a possibility that it might become warped, curled or scratched if it is not maintained properly. Keep your oak flooring looking good as new with some simple yet effective tips.
It is inevitable that your oak flooring will become slightly scratched over time, particularly if it is installed in a high traffic area of the home. The best and easiest way to reduce the appearance of scratches, whilst giving the wood a protective top layer, is to re-finish it. A water-based finisher will also minimise the appearance of water marks and will prevent dullness. Thousands of pounds could potentially be saved if you do it yourself but first, the oak flooring in Taunton should be sanded down.
A damaged wood floor can be reclaimed with regular sanding. Don’t overdo it, because you could ruin the classic appearance of oak flooring in Taunton and the grain might not appear as striking. Use light grit sandpaper to begin with and aim to complete about three sessions, increasing the coarseness each time. Sanding will remove the top coat of varnish, allowing you to start from scratch and give the oak that newly fitted look. For oak, begin with 120 grit, followed by 150 for the second sanding and 180 for the final sanding. Speed up the process by sweeping the floor first, so that debris can be removed from the surface. You can click here to get more information.
Varnishing and Staining
If you always change your mind about what colours you want to display in the home, take the time to sand oak flooring, before applying a new coat of varnish or stain. This will make oak appear glossy. Some of the most common colours include brown, mahogany, red, green and black. Most varnishes and stains will be oil or water based, with water based liquids drying much faster. The more you understand about stains the better you can make the flooring look, so it might be worth discussing recommended stains with the wood supplier before attempting it yourself.
The team at Blamphayne Sawmills Ltd produce quality timber and oak flooring in Taunton at their site in Devon. Visit them online to get a quote for top grade products.