Renovating wooden floors - 3 easy steps

Even if a wooden floor stays beautiful and natural for much longer than a floor made of PVC, for example, the wooden floor also has to be revised at some point. But after the renovation, the floor looks like new again. The costs for a wooden floor renovation are manageable, but it does take some work.

Renovating wooden floors - differences

First of all, you need to differentiate between each type of wooden floor. Very few laminate floors can be refurbished at all. Even a real wood laminate can usually only be sanded down and repainted once. A real wood parquet, on the other hand, can usually be reworked several times.

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Correct wooden floor renovation is therefore usually only possible with real wooden floorboards. Here you can thoroughly sand the top layer of wood during renovation and then protect the wood with a selected sealant.

Renovate the wooden floor step by step

  • Grinder / floor grinder
  • Paint roller
  • Telescopic pole
  • Lacquer bowl
  • spatula
  • hammer
  • Chisel / countersink
  • screwdriver
  • Sanding sheets with different grits
  • Varnish / glaze
  • Wood putty / repair paste

1. Prepare the floorboard

First of all, you should check the floor for damage. If nails or screws are standing up somewhere, they must be countersunk. You should completely replace a damaged screw, you can drive a nail into the wood with a sharp chisel or a countersink and a hammer.

2. Perform sanding passes

Depending on the condition of the boards, you should start with a 40 or 60 grit sanding sheet. If the individual plank is very round or worn, it may be necessary to choose an even coarser grain. In that case, however, you should take a close look at the planks to see whether their thickness is sufficient to sand down any unevenness.

Clean the floor after every sanding cycle, this is the only way to see where there are still unsightly spots in the floor. Then work your way up in steps of 20 with the grain size of the sanding sheets. You should sand up to roughly 120 grit on a plank floor. With a parquet floor, you often have to sand up to 150 grit. The result is then also particularly good.

3. Painting / glazing

Clean the floor particularly thoroughly and only walk on the sanded floor in socks. Start painting or glazing in the farthest corner of the room. Always work your way backwards towards the door. You should ensure that there is adequate ventilation, but not open any windows that you cannot access after painting.

The floor must dry long enough before you can walk on it again. Most varnishes and glazes should be applied in two layers. Look carefully at the manufacturer's instructions for the drying phases between operations.

Tips & Tricks So that the floor can be sanded particularly evenly quickly, there are rental machines for floor sanding in hardware stores. With these large devices, the work becomes even and thorough without having to spend days working with a small grinder.

Nevertheless, you should still compare the different hardware stores. You should compare the costs for the device with the prices of the sanding plates. Some hardware stores recoup the low rental costs for their devices through accessories.