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Re­store your floors

Ethel Sleith of Gaut­eng writes My house was built in 1906 and, sadly, the Ore­gon pine floors are in a bad way. I was hop­ing to re­store them with­out hav­ing to bring in big sand­ing ma­chines and hav­ing to en­dure the up­heaval – never mind the cost! Is there a quick and easy way to do the job with­out a sander?

Frikkie Gre­eff, Woodoc’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, replies Un­for­tu­nately, there’s no quick and easy so­lu­tion; the floors must be sanded prop­erly be­fore they are re­sealed. The best op­tion is to use an in­dus­trial floor sander – there are con­trac­tors who do dust­less sand­ing, which makes the process much less messy. But be sure to hire a con­trac­tor with a good rep­u­ta­tion; ask for re­fer­rals and make the ef­fort to check out pre­vi­ous jobs they’ve done.

Once the floor has been prop­erly sanded and cleaned (in­sist that the floor be cleaned with min­eral tur­pen­tine af­ter sand­ing) and it has dried thor­oughly, you can pro­ceed with seal­ing. De­pend­ing on the type of fin­ish you pre­fer, select one of the fol­low­ing prod­ucts:

1 Woodoc 25 Polyurethane Floor Sealer is a sol­vent-borne prod­uct (wash your brushes with tur­pen­tine af­ter use) that pen­e­trates deeply into the wood and builds up on the sur­face for a durable sheen or matt fin­ish. The prod­uct re­hy­drates the wood and will, there­fore, darken it slightly, bring­ing out the nat­u­ral colour of the wood. 2 Woodoc Wa­ter-Borne Floor Sealer is a wa­ter-borne prod­uct (wash your brushes with wa­ter af­ter use) that also pen­e­trates the wood and builds up on the sur­face, but does not change the colour of the wood. This prod­uct is avail­able in Gloss or Matt. Both prod­ucts will do the job well and pro­vide a tough long-last­ing fin­ish, as long as the floor is ad­e­quately pre­pared and the prod­uct is ap­plied ac­cord­ing to the in­struc­tions on the la­bel. CON­TACT 041 581 0109, woodoc.com

Du­lux brand man­ager Pre­neshree Pil­lay sug­gests the fol­low­ing al­ter­na­tive When it comes to pre­vi­ously painted or var­nished sur­faces in poor con­di­tion:

1 Re­move the wax or pol­ish by means of power sand­ing or use a suit­able chem­i­cal treat­ment. It is not suf­fi­cient to sim­ply wash wooden floors with paraf­fin as any resid­ual pol­ish will in­ter­fere with the ad­he­sion of Woodgard Floor­gard.

2 Treat the wood with a suit­able wood stripper to re­move old coats and ex­pose the raw wood, then wash it down with wa­ter to neu­tralise the strip­ping process and al­low it to dry. Sand the wood as per usual. 3 Ap­ply a coat of Woodgard Floor­gard and al­low it to dry for 18 hours. 4 Lightly sand to a smooth fin­ish, re­move any dust and then ap­ply an­other two coats of Woodgard Floor­gard. CON­TACT 086 033 0111, du­lux.co.za

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