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Decorative flooring

June 21, 2012

Because of the work involved and the varnish application, decorated floors are more permanent than painted walls. If you don’t want that beautiful painted pattern on your floors to lift off or becorne damaged, preparation is essential. Your first step when reviving an old wood floor is to remove any wax, dirt, old paint, stain and varnish from the wood by sanding. You can use a sanding machine to save time, but be careful not to nick or gouge the wood. Otherwise, sand the floor twice, first using a heavy grade, then a light grade of sandpaper. If you find any large holes or cracks, fill them with wood filler and sand them smooth with a medium or fine-grade paper. Wear a mask to prevent inhaling harmful dust and remove any furniture and window treatments from the room. It’s also wise to close off adjacent rooms and heating vents to prevent dust from traveling. After sanding, allow the dust to settle for a few hours, then sweep up with a damp mop. Let the floor dry thoroughly. When the floor is dry, the next step is applying primer. Primer is used to seal the porous surface of wood before you paint; without it you would get spotty coverage when you apply your base coat. Use an alkyd or acrylic primer to seal wood, as water will soak into the wood and raise the grain with a latex primer.

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