How to: Strip & Varnish Wooden Floors
Natural wooden floors look great, are durable and are often low maintenance. It's no wonder they're such a highly desirable feature in older homes.
The easiest way to ensure their durability of natural wooden floors is through paint or varnish which can provide a long-lasting protective layer. When it is time to rejuvenate cracked or flakey varnish, there is some hard work involved.
Luckily, that's why we've created this brilliant guide.
Sanding or stripping
Although sanding can take away any existing paint or varnish leaving a nice smooth finish, you're likely to lose any bumps and grooves that give the floor its character. It's for this reason that we'd recommend the brilliant Everbuild X3 Paint & Varnish Stripper. X3 is a non-methylene chloride stripper for indoor and outdoor use. The extremely effective solution is brilliant professional and DIY users alike.
Stripping the floor
Step 1: Preparation
In this short guide, the tools you'll need are: a tin of Everbuild X3 Paint & Varnish Stripper, some protective gloves, a good quality brush, a scraper, a scrubbing brush/stainless steel pad and a vacuum cleaner.
Step 2: Applying X3
Put on the gloves and shake the tin of X3 well. Apply a generous even coat onto the surface starting in the corner furthest from the door and working backwards. If there are more than 5 layers or paint or varnish to remove, leave for 30 minutes and apply another coat.
Step 3: Removing X3
After at least one hour, check to see how far X3 has penetrated. Scrape off any residue, leaving the surface as clean as possible. Depending on the paint type or for multiple layers repeat application until all paint/varnish has been removed.
Step 4: Preparing for varnishing
Rub down the stripped area using the stainless steel pad/scrubbing brush and water. Rinse and allow to dry. Once dry, vacuum clean the room to remove any excess dust.
Choosing the varnish
If you'd like to varnish your floor a particular colour, we'd very much stress the importance of choosing a quality varnish as the better the quality, the longer it will likely last. If like us, you want to protect and enhance the natural wood, then Everbuild's Quick Drying Clear Varnish is a fantastic choice. A low-solvent varnish that enhances the wood's natural qualities of wood, Everbuild Quick Drying Clear Varnish gives an ultra-hard, heatproof and scratch-resistant finish.
Varnishing the floor
Step 1: Preparation
Before you start, make sure you have: a tin of Everbuild Quick Drying Clear Varnish, a good quality brush, some fine grade sandpaper and a vacuum cleaner.
Step 2: Applying the first and second coat
Stir the varnish well (and intermittently throughout the application). Starting in the furthest corner and working back towards the door, brush the varnish to a wet edge (or length of the board) following the direction of the grain. Although touch dry in 30 minutes, wait for 1 hour before applying the second coat using the same method. Note: the varnish may appear slightly white on application but will turn clear during the drying process.
Step 3: Applying the final coat
After the second coat has been left for one hour to dry, lightly sand and vacuum the surface before applying the final coat.
Step 4: Aftercare
Any accidental spills on the surface within the first 2-3 days should be removed by gently wiping away the spillage with a soft cloth (DO NOT RUB).
And there you have it; stunning, easy-to-maintain natural wooden floors that your customers will love.
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