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Bringing Engineered Oak Back to Life

Posted on Mon November 11th 2013 by Dan

There can be no doubting a wooden floor can really give people an impression about a building. It can convey a wide variety of qualities, such as history, trust and wisdom. It conveys a sense of class that other types of floors simply can’t.

However, it’s important not to let engineered oak floor simply fade into the background as time goes on so it can continue to wow visitors uphold the classy, professional image of a room. So what is the best way to give a wooden floor a brand new lease of life? Here are some improvements that can be made and some examples of where such a change has made a big difference.

The best way of helping a wooden floor get its mojo back is through re-finishing. This is done by removing the old finish by sanding or using a chemical stripper, and then applying a new finish.

The floor should first be cleared and cleaned, with any loose nails or tacks hammered down. Then the floor can be sanded, either by hand or using a buffer, to remove the finish. It is important to be aware that because an engineered oak floor has a much thinner layer on top compared to a solid wood floor, this can only be done a few times, otherwise the layer can be worn away. For this reason, maintenance of an engineered oak floor is paramount. Any spillages should be dealt with as soon as possible, and the floor should be kept clean at all times. A well maintained floor will last for a very long time without the need for refinishing.

Once the floor is sanded, clean up any debris, plug any holes there may be and then you can apply the finish. Remember to keep the room ventilated and wear a breathing mask so you don’t inhale any fumes. Once done, your floor will look as good as new.

However, there are some ways of giving a wooden floor a new lease of life that really take things to the extreme. It’s even possible for a wooden floor to be reclaimed and used in completely different locations.

One example of this is the Jarrah wood flooring that was originally laid at King’s Cross Station in the heart of London but has since been reclaimed for use elsewhere. The wood originally formed the floor in the commercial warehouse area at King’s Cross and was installed at some point during the 1840s, not long after the station was built. It has since been used as the centrepiece of Victorian Woodworks’ collections at Decorex International 2013, one of the top professional interior design exhibitions.

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