When it comes to restoring older floors, there are three distinct areas that require our focus.
The first one is a full on restoration, where perhaps the wrong timber has been laid during an extension or particle board was used rather than tongue and groove boards. This type of work is pretty full on, with the removal of the bad stuff followed then by locating matching secondhand boards, finally we skillfully blend them in with the rest of the original floor.
Secondly, is glue removal. Often different sorts of floor coverings have been glued directly to the boards and although the coverings come up easily enough, the glue residue is another story altogether. The main problem is, once we start to sand the glue the heat from the sandpaper reactivates the stickiness of the adhesive, which in turn, ruins our sandpaper and gums up inside the machine. The use of Kerosene sprayed on the glue as we sand helps enormously to nullify the stickiness, but it's still a fairly slow, laborious job and is quite messy. Still, despite the mess and hard work it's well worth it, as in most cases once the glue is gone the floor underneath is in great condition.
The other bit of restoration work is just the basic repairs. It could be insect damage, pet urine stains, water damage, walls being removed - that sort of thing, where perhaps, only a couple of boards want replacing.
In much the same way as we do with the full on board replacements mentioned earlier, we source out secondhand boards that will as closely as possible match yours for colour, size and profile. This way we can blend them in without it being to noticeable.
As it all takes time and money to effect these sorts of repairs and you're thinking you'd like to tackle this sort of work for yourself, by all means do so. If you need any advice or pointers just simply give me a call, or shoot off an EMAIL and I'll do my best to help.