Change the Colour of Hardwood Floors

In life, change can be hard. Switching careers, moving, or making an exit from a stale relationship all fit the bill. One change that isn’t hard is changing the colour of hardwood floors. That’s right! It is a misconception that changing the look of your wooden floorboards is impossible. That notion is unfounded and changing the colour is not nearly as hard as you might imagine. If you think you’d like to change the colour of hardwood floors in your home, our flooring experts here at Simply Sanding are here to provide their tips for giving your hardwood floors a fresh, new colour.

How to Determine if Your Floorboards are Fit for Sanding

The first thing you need to do is make sure that your floors are solid hardwood. The life of solid hardwood floorboards should last for a number of years – decades really, if well cared for – even after sanding or refurbishing multiple times. Engineered wood flooring, on the other hand, may or may not be a good candidate for sanding. This can be determined by how thick the top layer is. The general rule of thumb is that an engineered floor with 3-millimeters of thickness on the top layer can be sanded up to two times over the course of its lifespan. If you need help determining if your floors are fit for sanding, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Preparing your Floors for Stain

If you are worried that you can only go darker with your new colour choice, we’ve got good news! It is possible to refinish your floors with a lighter colour than the previous one. The process of floor sanding removes dark stains and strips the boards down to their original grain. How much lighter your floors will be after coating them depends on the type of wood they’re made from and the stain colour you select. Another option is bleaching out the colour of the natural wood to lighten it even more. To achieve this desired effect, we advise that you seek out professional help to ensure an even tone throughout the space.

Selecting the Right Colour

After sanding and making any necessary repairs, you can change the colour of hardwood floors by selecting a lighter stain, a darker stain, a white or grey wash, a bold colour such a red or no stain at all. The possibilities are endless! We suggest that you apply your selected stain to a section of your floor to make sure that it suits your preference and matches your style and décor. It can be sanded without causing damage if it’s not the right choice.

Protecting your New Colour

Once the stain or colour is applied, the final step is to apply two or three coats of polyurethane. Polyurethane is a durable, protective finish that will help protect your new colour from wear and moisture damage. This final layer will also determine the overall look of the floors. The final look is determined by whether you choose from a matte, satin, glossy or semi-gloss finish.

So, change doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, Simply Sanding can help make it really easy for you to change the colour of your hardwood floors. We’ve been providing premier domestic and commercial wooden floorboard installation and refurbishment since 2004. We provide floor sanding in Essex, London and the Southeast. We’d be happy to discuss your options with you. Contact us today!