One of the most common questions we get asked is how to restore hardwood floors after the floor has had carpeting on it for such a long time.
Years of experience with restoring hardwood floors have given us a unique insight.
Especially into the different ways that hardwood floors can age, and the various methods of restoration required in each case.
Carpets can look great and can help to keep your home warm during those chilly winter months.
However, when laid straight onto hardwood floors they can cause damage that can be difficult to repair.
Restore Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring is timeless, and it has really come back into fashion recently as more and more people are seeking a more rustic style.
If you would like to breathe new life into your hidden hardwood floors and learn about the hardwood floor restoration services that we provide, please visit our website or give our friendly team a call and they will be happy to discuss your requirements.
Go Slowly When Restoring Hardwood Floors
While it may seem like a great idea to rip up that old carpet and finally reveal your beautiful wooden floors, this step should really be taken with some caution in mind.
If you pull up an old carpet too fast, you risk damaging the floor beneath. Not only that, but you risk releasing lots of dirt and dust into the air around you.
Go slowly and carefully when removing the carpet. Take one section at a time, and be sure to wear protective clothing such as a filtration mask (N95 or better) and eye protection.
You may also wish to consider wearing overalls and gloves. Especially if the carpet is particularly old or if you’re removing carpet from a home that you’ve just moved into.
It is very important that you only attempt to clean the newly revealed hardwood floor if you are certain that it has intact seals.
Cleaning bare wood floors can be extremely damaging in the long run.
Get Rid of Debris
If you were hoping that your carpets were hiding a beautiful gleaming hardwood floor, we’re afraid you’ll likely be disappointed.
Under the carpet is likely to be a very dusty floor with possible patches of carpet and underlay adhesive still present.
To remove the initial debris and dust we recommend sweeping as opposed to vacuuming.
Vacuuming can be a tad harsh and abrasive on wooden floors.
Clean Your Floor Correctly
When cleaning your wooden floors, we recommend you use a microfibre flat mop with either a built-in spray system or a separate sprayer to clean the dirt off.
First, spray the neutral wood cleaner on the floor, then scrub with the flat mop, and finally, rinse it using clean water.
It is very important to note that you should only clean your wooden floors if you are sure that they have intact seals present, otherwise, the moisture can damage the surface in the long run.
To restore your wooden flooring to its former glory we have a wood floor maintenance service that we can provide.
This involves light sanding and a re-coat of the floor. Using either a water-based or oil-based finish, which leaves it looking reinvigorated.
Get in Touch
We’re here to help. If you have any questions about restoring your hardwood floors, get in touch with our friendly team today on 01444 810 505 and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements with you.