There isn’t a floor more beautiful than a hardwood floor. However, even the best wooden floors can be damaged: from minor surface scratches to structural defects to annoying squeaks. For the most common damage to wooden floors, floor sanders are a vital part of their restoration.
Types of Damage to Wooden Flooring
Sadly, there is more than one way in which to damage a solid wood floor. Damage may include:
- Cupped wood floor boards: Cupping, shelling, splintering;
- Gaps between floor boards or parquet flooring;
- Gaps in radiant heated wood floors;
- Loose squeaky floor board(s);
- Buckled wood flooring due to leaks or high moisture;
- Water damaged wood flooring: Rot, odours, patching, re-finishing over damage, mould, stains;
- Pet stained wood floors: Secret urine stains your dog or cat never mentioned;
- Scratched wood flooring.
Numbers one to five above may require replacement of some or all your flooring, which will require you to do more than renting a floor sander. But we can guide you through the process of fixing numbers six to eight:
- Water is the enemy to wooden floors. To remove mild cup rings, fold a white cloth in half and place it over the mark. Use an iron set to medium heat to go back and forth over the cloth. Do this progressively, looking frequently to check whether the stain has disappeared and to avoid additional damage.
- Larger water marks need the area to be sanded, possibly bleached and then refinished to blend in with the rest of the floor.
- Scratches are treated in a similar manner using a fine grain to sand the area.