Making your wood floors lighter

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We often get calls from customers asking us to make their wood floors lighter. With our wealth of experience in hardwood floor restoration, it’s almost always achievable.

Lightening your wood floors is generally a cosmetic service. Lighter wooden floors are becoming increasingly popular, particularly with light and bright interiors being a desirable home aesthetic at the moment.

Light wood floors can make a surprisingly big difference to your space, whether it be in a workplace or domestic environment. We attached some examples of a previous project below so you can get a true feel for the finished look.

Below, we’ve gone into some more detail as to how we achieve these types of finish. There are two main methods that we tend to use here at Sussex Floor Restoration, depending on which suits your type of wood floor best.

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How we achieve lighter floors

How light we make your wood floors will depend largely on the type of hardwood you have. Once we’ve discussed the type of results you’re looking for and agreed on the quotation, we then begin the test period.

Initially, we sand away a small test patch of your wood floor. This allows both us and you to see the predicted results before getting underway with the entire surface. It’s at this point that we can truly gage what techniques need to be used, and allows you to get a better understanding of the work we’re carrying out.


There’s a couple of popular methods when it comes to creating a lighter wood floor. The first we’ll look into is staining.

Using light coloured stains, such as various whites and greys on your floor, generates a more contemporary look. These stains essentially coat and wash out the original darker wood and provide a much lighter finish.

We also overcoat our stains with a hard-wearing lacquer to help protect the colour of your floor.

Nude lacquers:

Another method is the use of nude or pure lacquers. These leave your floors with a light, freshly sanded shade that is also very contemporary.

One particular benefit of using lacquers over any other method is that this is a quicker process from start to finish. So, if you’re having the service in a place of high footfall, such as a public workplace or main living room, this is probably your best option if you’re needing to get up and running again as soon as possible.

To find out more about our professional wood floor lightening process, or to discuss your no-obligation quote, please get in touch by clicking here. If you’d prefer to talk with one of our expert and friendly team directly, please call us on tel: 01444 810505


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