Are your Hardwood Floors ready for the Relentless, London Winter?
- December 14, 2015
- Posted by: Glyn Pires
- Category: Floor Sanding
If you’re one of those perfect people that succeeds in keeping mucky shoes, pets, children, and the general grime of everyday life from getting past the front door, then we at GJP bow down to you. For the rest of us however, the reality is the weather in London is ruthless, and there’s no escape for your hardwood floors. Luckily for you however, GJP have plenty of tricks up our sleeves to ensure your floorboards have what it takes to survive whatever life throws at them this rainy winter.
Unfortunately, when talking about different types of finish, the word ‘waterproof’, doesn’t actually mean waterproof as we know it. For floorboards, it means that they’ll be able to survive a flood without getting damaged. The best finished floors will be able to handle being under water for up to a few hours, but they’re still wood. It’s nature, if your floorboards are left wet for too long, eventually it will damage the structure of the wood. Luckily, there are lots of precautions you can take to ensure that your floorboards are water-resistant!
Polyurethane is the most water resistant finish you can apply to your floor. Some people are put off from using polyurethane because it gives the surface of the wood a shiny look when more natural looking finishes are currently the most fashionable. If you’ve just moved into your property in London and aren’t 100% sure what finish was applied to your floorboards by the previous owners, GJP can easily identify the original finish and advise you on how best to renovate your floors to handle the rainy season.
You can choose between opting for an oil or water based polyurethane. If your floorboards are a lighter shade of wood, it’s worth keeping in mind that using an oil based polyurethane can add an amber tint to the shade of your wood. This tint is hardly noticeable on darker or stained woods, but for people with white/ light coloured floors, you’ll see a difference.
Water based polyurethane on the other hand is ideal if you need to reseal your floor quickly. Whereas the oil based sealant needs a day to dry properly, you can refinish your floor with water based polyurethane in about 8 hours.
Applying polyurethane to your floor
It’s vital that your floorboards are clean of dirt, dust and debris before you start the finishing process. A once over with the Hoover won’t do it either, you’ll need to scrub your floors until they’re spotless; dirt is easily visible in the finish if you haven’t cleaned your floors properly.
Depending on whether you’ve chosen water or oil based polyurethane will also determine how best to apply it. For the water based product, use a paint pad to go around the corners and the edges and then a woollen applicator for the rest; much like how you’d paint a wall. Oil based finishes will require something tougher like a bristle brush to attack the edges and the same woollen applicator to take on the rest of the floor. Ensure you apply the finish along the grain of the wood for smooth, even results. Allow time to dry before adding the second coat.
GJP are here to help
If you’re unsure on what finish to put on your floor or how you should go about getting the best results for your home then don’t hesitate to call on our team of experts for help. We serve the whole of London so wherever you may be, you can be safe in the knowledge that your floor restoration experts are right round the corner.