Restoring your floor

worn in parts

Recently we received the following question - have a question yourself, use the ?Help button at the bottom of every page (do check your inbox if this is the first time you use this service and click the link in the confirmation email, otherwise we will not receive your question):

image from www.hardwoodfloorsmag.comI have moved into a 1930's property. Hall and front room have block oak parquet flooring, it appears to be have been sanded and lacquered in the past, but that has worn at the bottom of the stairs ( the grain is looking a bit grubby too) and appears a bit patchy( i have noticed its not water resistant in parts, water resistant in others ( water droplets form ) also between some of the blocks where the gaps are quite visible, there is an indication of a deteriorated lacquer of some kind.

The floor still has a nice sheen to it though. I don't really want to re-sand it and would like some advice on how to clean and re-seal it myself if that can be done.

A lacquered/varnished floor that has damage to its finish is a bit difficult to really revamp without sanding. You cannot apply lacquer/varnish over the damaged areas without creating overlapping - ugly - areas.
What you could try is to clean the whole floor with Saicos Magic Cleanser and then applying Saicos Wax-Care Spray - on damaged areas a few times after each other till the floor has absorbed plenty of the "wax" and is protected against dirt and spillages again. here might be a slight difference in appearance between lacquered/varnish areas and areas treated with the wax-care, but it saves you the task of sanding and resealing the whole floor.

See our EcoLine Cleaning Kit containing all the products you need.

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Carpet leaving marks

Reclaimfinish300When you remove your carpet and discover there is a parquet floor hiding underneath it is most often worth to restore this wooden feature - but sometimes you can encounter (small) problems. We received the following question on the very subject (have a question yourself, use the ?Help button at the bottom of every page)

I have recently purchased a new property and discovered there there is original parquet flooring throughout the ground floor. I have removed the carpet and the grippers to fully check the floor throughout. There are a few loose blocks but can be glued back down, however in 2 areas of either end of the room, there does appear to be zig zag marks which seem to be identical to the pattern on the bottom of the underlay, I have tried to remove this with plain water but with no success.
Ideally we don't want to sand the floor as it is in perfect condition other than this and the colour is great so do not want any lighter. From experience are these marks common? would they come off if we were to use your eco clean line?
My concern is if we do sand is the mark likely to have imbeded into the block so would not disappear anyway?

Any help you can give would be most appreciated

You could try with the Saicos Magic Cleanser - part of the EcoLine cleaning kit, which also contains steelwool tripleO - to see if this removes the (common) marks of the former underlay.

It is one of the more simple to solve problems you can encounter when lifting carpet and (re)discovering a wonderful wooden floor. If you are so lucky to do this and are not sure where to start with the revitalising of your floor, read our article on this - most have found it very helpful.

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Small Talk

Below you'll find some of the (very) short questions we also receive through our ?Help desk.

HelpDesk1Have a question yourself (long or short, doesn't matter) use the ?Help button on the right-hand corner at the bottom of every page. First time you use this service? Keep an eye out for the confirmation email and click the link, otherwise we'll never see your question.

So, here we go: small talk.

Buffingblock: Is this item no longer available in the UK? Thank you.

Not sure, but since we were a long time the only sellers I do think so - our supplier has (unfortunately) discontinued this product

I'm interested in the coloured waxes for untreated furniture.

The classic oils will be wonderful on any unfinished wooden furniture. The wood needs to be grease free and dry.  All you need to do is pick your favourite colour

Can you recommend a filler that i can purchase from a shop such as homebase, b&q, wickes or screwfix?

Why? Is the product we sell not good enough for you?

hi there - just wondering what the difference is between the Wax Ecoline spray and the wax polish, both by Saicos? Many thanks

Main difference: polish can only be used on oiled/waxed floors, spray can be used on any finish.

Help! My husband spilled some varnish (the sort of hard clear stuff used for craft projects) onto the parquet floor. How can I get it off?

Let it dry completely, then remove as much as you can with white-spirit. Afterwards treat the floor with wax polish

I'm going to belt sand our "5 fingered parquet" kitchen floor. It is not a big floor space but it's looking a bit patchy and faded in parts.  Can you advise the best grit belts to use?

You could start with grit 60, if that doesn't get rid of all the finish, use grit 40.
For the second sanding round, use grit 80 and then, depending on the finish you planned, use grit 120 for third sanding if you finish with oil - don't go above this grit for oil/wax finish - or 150 if you plan to varnish/lacquer the floor

going to renovate 60`s parquet flooring, should i fill the gaps with the saw dust and resin or will this crack and look worse?

Only fill if you sand the floor - use the saw-dust of the second sanding and with the third sanding you can remove the excess filler

My floor was laid a few months ago now I have gaps. It is an 18mm solid oak wood that was floated on a fibreboard underlay by glueing the tongue and grove what can I to rectify this issue.

Installed before Winter? Wait until Spring really gets going, the central heating is turned down and the humidity increases.

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Grit

Nothing to do with the wintery stuff, everything to do with restoring your wooden floor.

We received the following question (have a question of your own, use the ?Help button at the bottom of every page)

I'm going to belt sand our "5 fingered parquet" kitchen floor. It is not a big floor space but it's looking a bit patchy and faded in parts.
Can you advise the best grit belts to use?

You could start with grit 60, if that doesn't get rid of all the original finish, use grit 40.
For the second sanding round, use grit 80 and then, depending on the finish you planned, use grit 120 for third sanding if you finish with oil - don't go above this grit for oil/wax finish - or 150 if you plan to varnish/lacquer the floor.

image from dpbfm6h358sh7.cloudfront.netFor an oil finish, we can highly recommend the Saicos Eco-friendly products, from Permium Hardwaxoil to colour oils, see the category Saicos floor oils and select your best product to finish your wooden floor to the highest standards.

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Can a very tired lacquered floor be waxed with your products without sanding?

We received the following question lately:

Mosaic parquetI have ten rooms of engineered (is this the right term - it is 1cm thick blocks - almost like a veneer) oak parquet flooring from the 1930s - all looking very tired, faded and with paler spots where someone has tried to scrub out paint spots.

I have tried your test to determine whether they are waxed or lacquered. No white spots come under drops and no flakes when scratched with a coin. However, when washed the water was brown (not dirt but more like a wax residue?).

As the floor is very tired and has these pale spots, can I successfully apply your power wax to this floor even is it is possibly lacquered? As it is thin parquet I don't think it would withstand sanding or polishing with an industrial polisher. Many thanks for your advice.

It does sounds like your floor has been lacquered before and is now losing its finish in some places. As you say, sanding would destroy the floor, so I suggest you first thoroughly clean it with Magic Cleanser and then treat it (on some spots more than once) with Wax-Care Spray. Both products are suitable for all types of finishes and won't harm your floor but will replenish the look and feel of it.

Opt for the EcoLine Cleaning Kit for all finishes, containing all the products you need, including The Ultimate Maintenance Guide, filled with tips and advice to keep every wooden floor healthy and beautiful again for a long time. 

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