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Repairs are a necessary process that wood flooring has to go through over time. At Floor Sanding, our professional and experienced technicians can repair even the most worn down, decrepit flooring to restore the original beauty of your wood flooring. Our process beings with a thorough assessment of the floorboards in order to create a tailored action plan.
Water Damage Repair
Water damage is a very common and unfortunate problem that can arise over time from years of neglect, or as a result of flooding or burst pipes. The first step to tacking this issue is to determine the magnitude of the damage.
Flooring that presents mild cupping, swelling and surface staining can be repaired. To do this, our expert technicians begin by regulating the site conditions. Relative air humidity and temperature readings are taken before adding an air humidifier or ventilation system to facilitate the drying process. Once the wood reaches a water content of 9%, wood floor sanding can begin. For hardwood and parquet flooring, up to ¼ of an inch of wood can be stripped away and refinished. You may consider repairing engineered wood flooring only if the hardwood veneer is thick enough.
In the case of extensive water damage, wood flooring must be replaced. Key issues to keep an eye out for are: severe swelling, cupping, staining, warping, and or lifting of the boards. Staining is a major issue as it may indicate the presence of mould. In these instances, it is best to optimise the site conditions before completely removing the offending planks of wood. At Floor Sanding we endeavour to find the exact wood species to match new boards to your existing flooring. For a full guide please check out our Floorboard Restoration page!
Fire Damage Repair
To begin, a fire damaged site must be structurally sound before the wood floors can be addressed. If water was used to extinguish the fire, the site must be thoroughly dried out using an air humidifier or ventilation system. Once the wood reaches a water content of 9%, the recovery process can commence. Our experienced technicians will begin by assessing the extent of the damage. Wood flooring that is burn must unfortunately be replaced – this is dependent on the magnitude of the damage and the type of wood specie and floorboard. Flooring that is simply stained can be cleaned using a wood floor detergent and refinished using wax or lacquer to protect it.
Scuffs and Scratches Repair
To treat scuffs and scratches, begin by assessing the extent of the damage. Cleaning is the next step to eliminate the presence of any dirt or debris on the wood surface. For superficial scratches, a clean dry, rag may be used to buff wax into the area, effectively repairing the floor’s finish.
Minor scratches can be repaired by gently striping away that area of wood using steel wool. To prevent further damage, buffing must be done along the grain of the wood. Following this, a wax stick can be used to protect the surface. Major scratches require the most extensive repair process. Often, mechanical sanding is the only solution for hardwood or parquet flooring – engineered flooring that has a thick enough hardwood veneer can be considered. After sanding, the floor must be refinished using an oil or lacquer.
To fill floorboard gaps, several options are available: resin filling, solid wood strips and rubber strips. A resin filling involves combining sawdust gathered during the sanding procedure with a clear resin to create a paste. The paste can be administered using a small spatula. Alternatively, appropriately sized slithers of wood can be glued or nailed down. Rubber strips are the least recommended method however they are also an option to consider. For a full detailed guide please check out our Gap Filling page.
A slither of wood in the same specie would be an ideal repair for this type of damage.
Small holes can be patched up by using an epoxy or a resin filler combined with sawdust from the sanding process to create an exact floor colour match. Deeper holes must be sanded down in the direction of the wood grain until the edges are less distinct. The repair is completed by refinishing the floor with the appropriate finish.