Scratching of your timber floor is inevitable. When you move furniture around, you’ll likely scratch the surface. The same goes with foot traffic. While some shoes have soft soles, others have tough wooden soles like some forms of business shoes. High heels and biker type boots can damage the floor or leave streaks. Children can also cause scratches, streaks and crevices to form when playing games. However, if the scratches are minor, there are ways to recoat the floor and use top gloss coat to polish the timber floor.
If you’re moving into a new home and you’re interested in polishing your timber floors, there’s a very good reason you should wait. If you were to have your floor sanded and polished first, the moving and dragging of furniture, chairs, and appliances like stoves and refrigerator will cause your floors to get damaged with scratches or breaks in the timber floor. The main advantage of timber floor polishing is that you can do away with some of the deepest scratches through heavy coarse sand buffing.
The most common form of timber floor polishing and repair requires the use of sandpaper. Generally, the use of a rough sandpaper sheet on a sandpaper belt is the first step. This is known as sand cutting and this gets rid of the tough damage, splinters, or other material that may have become encrusted in the crevices of the timber flooring. Then a second, less harsh sandpaper sheet is used to buff the surface of the floor. Finally, fine sandpaper will be used in a circular motion to finish the polishing (buffing) process.
When polishing your floors with gloss, it’s important to remember to complete the work on the entire floor. You certainly don’t want your floor to look uneven when the sunlight hits from a window and you or your guests can see where one side is polished and the other isn’t.
There are a variety of safety measures that you need to keep in mind when polishing your timber floors if you’re planning on doing it yourself. For starters, wear safety goggles to prevent foreign objects like wood splinters or nail head shards that tend to come off during the sanding process. You might also consider using a mask so that you don’t absorb all the timber wood dust into your lungs. It can even protect you from the fumes emanating from the gloss coating used at the end of the buffing process. When sanding and polishing the kitchen area, be wary of turning on your stove or lighting a match or a lighter until all the fumes have dissipated. Not doing so could result in a fire hazard that could cost you your home or your life and those of your loved ones.