There are some times when you really won’t need to replace the entirety of your hardwood floors, since smaller touchups will get the job done just fine with the right amount of care. This type of simple restoration for hardwood floors is really not all that difficult, but you will have to make sure you possess the right tools for the right job and at least some experience to get things done right. The following instructions will give you better understanding of the things you can do to make your floors shine again, looking their best for times to come:
• Evaluate the situation and consider how bad things are to begin with. You will need to take a good look at the damage to see what can be done to fix it. In most cases you will have minor scratches, which are less than a few inches in length, and they will likely be fixed with relative ease. Anything deeper and larger than that however will require you to replace entire sections of the flooring, or even taking some more in-depth measures to restore the floor to a flawless condition.
• Lighter scratches can be fixed by using steel wool in most cases. They can pretty much be described as a small scratch or a divot that is characterized by surface, cosmetic damage rather than something serious. A good example of that is looking at the scratch and figuring out if it was only the wood sealant that came off as a result of it. You can fix it with some steel wool, lightly rubbing over it in the direction of the grain until you smooth things out. Never rub against the grain or you will likely cause more damage than fixing things. Keep rubbing the area until smooth to the touch and completely ready.
• Deeper scratches will need significantly more work if you want to make things work. These will usually be deeper than an eighth of an inch and will need to be fixed with some lighter sandpaper. You can work on the area lightly so you won’t damage things instead of removing the problem. The area will need to be completely even and smooth to the touch if you want to get things done right. Sand it until it is so, but avoid getting too carried away in your work.
• You can begin your preparations for sealing and filling things by ensuring you have removed all the dust left over from the sanding. Doing that may be as easy as vacuuming, but you may also do so with some mineral spirits and a good, soft rag. Apply some spirits to the rag and rub it over the sanded area until you lift the dust completely.
• Once you have allowed the spirits to dry, you will need to move on to the next step, which is filling the scratch. This will take no more than a few minutes of work to complete, beginning with getting some premixed wood filler matching the exact color of your hardwood floors. Once you have it, you will need to use a plastic putty knife to fill the scratches, fixing them in the process. Make sure you’re holding the putty knife at a good angle to put as much filler into the scratches as you can. Never use a metal putty knife, unless you want to create even more work for yourself.
• Once you have the filler completely dried to the touch, you will need to work on sanding the area until its smooth once more. Use a light 180 grit so you can sand the area and remove the excess filler. Never press too hard or sand too much unless you want to work on it some more, fixing your mistake.
When all is said and done, the last step that remains is sealing the area against daily wear and tear and the elements. This can be done in a number of ways, whether its polyurethane sealant or varnish or something else is entirely up to you. Make sure you match it to the rest of the floor and you’ll finally be able to call it a day with a job well done. Household Rubbish Removal Company Battersea – the best house, office and property clearance.