It’s been niggling away at you for weeks and you can’t look away. That scratch in the centre of the room thanks to your children dragging the furniture over the newly polished floorboards is causing you all sorts of grief and you’ve got to do something about it. Don’t panic! Whether it’s a scratch, a dent or a gauge – there’s a solution. Here’s a step by step guide to help you resolve your flawed floorboards.
Assess The Damage
The first and most obvious step is to check out the extent of the damage. There’s no point replacing floorboards or going to the trouble of resanding and polishing if there’s a simpler solution.
Light Or Deep Scratch
For light scratches you just need fine steel wool. Rub the steel wool over the scratch remembering to do it with the grain of the wood, otherwise you’ll have more scratches to fix.
The next level of damage is a deep scratch which requires a light sandpaper. Start by using about a 180 grade paper and if that’s not enough, work your way down to a coarser grade, say 120. Again, be sure to only sand with the grain of the wood.
Smooth It Out
When you’ve finished sanding, you’ll need to apply some mineral spirits (a.k.a. mineral turpentine) to the affected areas to pick up dust and smooth out the surface.
Fill It In
Now it’s time to fill it in with a premixed wood putty. Make sure you use a plastic putty knife to apply the putty, once again, to avoid more scratches.
Smooth It Out Again
Once the putty has dried, you’ll need to give a really light sand to smooth it out once and for all. Don’t use anything coarser than a 180 grade sandpaper or you’ll be starting again from scratch.
Seal The Deal
You’re just about ready to sign off on the job. All your floor needs now is a quick coat of varnish or polish to match the finish of the rest of your floor.
Often overlooked as a flooring option, cork is fast making a comeback. When compared with the traditional rivals such as solid timber flooring, floating floorboards and vinyl, the virtues of cork are numerous and worth paying attention to.
Cork flooring is durable and unbelievably, can have a lifespan of beyond 40 years. As a hard wearing option, it resists cracking and is impermeable to gas and liquid. Best of all, it bounces back which means that indentations left by furniture aren’t permanent.
Cork has a very high melting and inflammation temperature which means that it’s highly fire-resistant. In the rare instance that it did combust, it generates far less toxic material than other flooring materials.
Cork is is a fantastically healthy choice as it’s amazingly anti-microbial and resistant to mold and termites. It also doesn’t off-gas or shed microfibres which results in a much better indoor air quality.
When cork is compressed it ‘gives’ providing a comfortable cushion underfoot which keeps your feet happy. As a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, cork flooring can transform any space into a warm and quiet room.
The inherent pattern and colours of cork flooring penetrate the depth of the material. This means that over time, these decorative characteristics are retained, lengthening the lifespan of the flooring and keeping it lovely to look at.
Cork flooring is itself a byproduct of the manufacturing of cork stoppers for wine. As a consequence, there’s almost no waste generated from its manufacturing process. It’s made from the outer layer of the cork oak bark which must be at least 25 years old before the bark can be harvested for the first time. Following that, cork can be harvested every 8 to 14 years. Cork trees are known to live for up to 800 years, however the average lifespan is 150 to 200 years.