If you decided to lay down a hardwood floor a while ago, and now it looks discolored and dehydrated, you can refinish it. However, to carry out this work, it is necessary to adopt specific techniques to make the surface smooth, silky, and above all, elegant. Concerning this, in the following steps of this guide, there are helpful tips for a whitewashed hardwood floor.
First, it is necessary to have a minimum of material to start: Lacquer, brush, abrasive paper of different grades: 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, brush, talc, varnish, wood wax.
Staining wood white, often called bleaching, is easy to brighten your hardwood floors. Stain bleaching creates a subtle white finish that lets the beauty of the wood’s natural grain shine through instead of the opaque white finish achieved by plain painting.
To do this, prepare the wood floor you will be working on by removing the existing finish using an electric sander. But first, remove all furniture from the room, including carpets. Next, use a vacuum cleaner to clean dust, dirt, and pet hair.
Begin by sanding the wooden floor with coarse sandpaper. If you’re using a floor sander, you’ll need to fit it with sandpaper, ensuring it’s incredibly tight around the drum. Moreover, the rental store staff should tell you about it to avoid mistakes.
Once all the parquet to be stained has been sanded, vacuum or clean the dust produced by the abrasion with a brush, paying particular attention to the corners and the joints with the surrounding walls.
Look closely at the floor and look for cracks and bumps. Then, fill them with wood filler and wear latex gloves as you smooth the stuffing with your fingers.
Sweep the dust from the floor and vacuum the floor to remove traces of dust. Use a damp mop to finish cleaning the floor surface before continuing. However, it is advisable to ventilate your work area well. Keep windows open, fans running, and pets and children away from the area.
Mix the wood stain thoroughly with a stir stick or an old spoon. You can use a foam brush, sheepskin, or bee mop if you want to do a larger area at a time to apply a light coat of white stain to the wood with more or less pigment depending on the white you want to get. When finished, wipe off excess stains as you go and let sit for a few minutes. Run the brush in the same direction as the grain of the wood. If you are staining a large wood area, do one small section at a time.
Using a clean, stain-dampened cloth, spread and apply the stain so that it penetrates the wood. Be sure to work it well into the knots to accentuate them. Going with the grain of the wood, wipe away any excess stains. Let the dye dry for 24 to 48 hours. If you want an opaquer white finish, repeat the previous steps until you achieve the desired look. Allow the wooden floor to dry well before use.
Once your hardwood floor has been stained, it must be protected with varnish or translucent oils coats to give better protection. You can indeed find a wide variety of stains for hardwood floors or white stains in L’Artisan du Plancher stores. You can even find new whitening sealers that give a Scandinavian effect to hardwood flooring. To do this, you can choose between “classic” dyes, extremely resistant to stains, moisture, and wear, much cheaper, but also toxic (so if you decide to use them, you must ventilate well rooms). Alternatively, you can use water-based dyes, which are more expensive but just as effective, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly.
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