Tips for Your Wooden Flooring: Polishing, Sanding and Maintenance
Architects in Pakistan say that timber is an outstanding choice for your floors, economically as well as ecologically.
The strength and durability of timber flooring reinforces the long-lasting value of this type of flooring compared to other types of floors. Apart from this, spillages can be simply wiped away cutting down your floor cleaning time as well as susceptibility to floor staining.
Top Interior Designers in Lahore believe that the life of a timber floor is determined by the thickness of the wear layer, which is the amount of timber above the tongue and groove. You can think of it as being similar to the amount of tread on a tyre. Once that wear layer is worn down (or sanded down too far) the now thin layer of timber above the tongue and groove will begin to crack and break, then the floor will need replacing. Polish can prolong the life of a timber floor.
Tips to Maintain Your Timber Floor
You can fit protective pads to furniture legs to reduce risk of marking the floor. Also, you must use dirt trapping mats at all exterior doors to minimise dirt, sand and grit which may potentially be brought inside and scratch floorboards.
Pay attention towards how long the timber is exposed to sunlight. Timber floorboards naturally change shades overtime, turning darker or lighter. Exposure of timber flooring to sunlight can stimulate a lightening of timber colour. Therefore, wherever possible use mats, curtains or blinds to protect the timber.
One of the benefits of a hardwood timber floor is that it can be refinished if it becomes excessively scratched or dented. Use a flooring professional with expertise in sanding and finishing to undertake this work.
Professional Tips for You to Sand Your Floors on Your Own
A reputable Home Construction Company in Pakistan can be consulted for the best professional advice on Floor sanding. Timber flooring can be a real problem if the sanding is not done right. The following are some essential points that one must keep a check on:
- Always use the most suitable grit sandpaper. What grit you start with will depend on what your floorboards are like. If they’ve been sanded before and just need a refresh you’ll be able to start sanding with finer paper. If your floors haven’t been sanded before, the maximum grit paper you should start sanding with is 24 grit.
- Using the wrong grit (which is too fine) will also mean that your sandpaper clogs up really quickly. Clogged up paper is useless so it’s something you’ll want to avoid. Not only because it will end up costing you more because you will constantly be replacing the paper but also because of the additional time it’ll take you to keep changing it.
- One of the biggest floor sanding mistakes is not changing the sandpaper often enough. Make sure to change it regularly.
Maintain this choice in flooring wisely and use these professional tips to sand your timber floors often. At the end, there is nothing like a well-finished, glistening timber floor. So stand back and admire the charm.