Floor restoration is the process of taking a dull, lifeless looking wood floor and giving it back the majestic beauty it once had. If you have watched the rehab shows on TV you may have seen those people make the restoration process look easy. Be advised the “stars” on those shows have years of experience doing that type of work. Floor restoration is for professionals and should really not be attempted by the average homeowner.
Doing floor restoration in Fort Lauderdale is part art and part science. Specialized machinery and tools are used in the process that requires training and experience. Without the proper knowledge many a do it yourself homeowner has had to replace perfectly good floors that were damaged beyond repair while trying to restore them.
The floor restoration process is also very messy which is another reason doing it without the proper tools is very frustrating. Many floors that need to be restored have been covered by carpet for many years. The carpet may have been glued to the floor or the installer used nails. In either case the damage done by the glue or nails adds to the difficulty.
The professionals who do floor restoration in Fort Lauderdale will analyze the floor to find out just what needs to be done. Most floors are oak but occasionally another type of wood is used. The floor is surveyed for damage and there may be some areas that need to have new wood patched into the old. All glue and nails are removed and the worker will begin to sand the wood back down to the original wood removing all varnishes, stains or sealants.
Most likely the sanding machine will have a built in vacuum but there will still be plenty of dust to clean up after sanding. Once cleaned the floor will be sealed around the edges with a base coat sealant using a four inch hand brush. A synthetic floor-finish applicator will then be used to finish sealing the rest of the floor.
After about two hours of drying the professional will then begin to apply the first coat of an approved stain to the floor using a brush and applicator just like the base case sealant. After the first coat dries a second and then a third will be applied. This process will restore the wood to look like new and will give you many years of pleasure and service.