Usually, floor panels should serve us many years if we care for them properly. We can repair most of the visible damages by ourselves. However, we do recommend leaving the scraping process to thespecialists. Sanding the panels evenly is tricky work. Renovation costs will be much lower compared to the laying of completely new panels. We present some valuable tips.
How to care for floor panels?
Let's keep our floor panels clean. Scratches and damages are most often caused by sand applied from the outside. Let's wash and vacuum them as often as possible. We should pick floor panels with adequate durability, choosing them specifically for the room where they will be laid. For home conditions, we recommend buying AC3 or AC4 class panels. In busier places, such as the hall or living room, the most durable panels are AC5 class. High hardness panels are scratch-resistant and are suitable for sanding. We should regularly use polish and wax pastes so that our panels do not lose their shine and stay properly protected.
Are you wondering how to renew floor panels? Here are some effective ways.
Crayons against furniture - Small scratches can be removed using a wax crayon, which you can get in almost any building store. This is a temporary treatment, which should be repeated regularly. This type of preparations are inexpensive and should be selected according to the colour of the floor panels. We can remove the smallest scratches with a regular wax crayon.
Sanding – The process only makes sense if the damaged panels are at least 8mm thick. The sanding process itself will cause a 2mm loss of the panel's surface. In the case of sanding wooden panels, we have to remember to carry out a varnishing or oiling process using special preparations. Thanks to that we will properly secure the surface. We can also sand laminated panels, but only if they are of appropriate thickness. This information can be obtained in the store or from the manufacturer.
Repair mass – If our floor panels are too thin for sanding, let's use a special repair mass. We apply the mass in the place of the damage then paint it with a varnish, matching the colour of the panels.
Painting laminated panels – Recently, painting laminated panels has become very popular. We can change their colour, giving the interior a new character. Before painting the floor, wipe off the top layer with sandpaper. Thanks to that the paint will stick well. The next step is to clean the surfaces after which the paint can be applied. The paint needs to be used several times. The number of layers depends on the type of panels and the extent of their damage. There should be a three-hour-long break after each coating, to allow the paint to set (as long as the manufacturer recommends). The painted floor will be resistant to scratches and damages. Some of the types of floor panels are not suitable for paint, as it won’t properly cover the harms.
Painting of MDF floor panels - We rub away the top layer, and then cover it with several layers of paint.
What if floor panels have deep-seated, irreversible damages?
If the surface of the panels has been severely damaged, there’s nothing to do but to replace fragments of the floor. To avoid the disassembly of the whole area, it is best to cut out a fragment with a sharp tool (e.g. wood jigsaw, angle grinder) and insert a new panel. However, to get the perfect look, we have to dismantle the moulding skirting boards and remove all panels to the place where we want to fix them.
Have questions? Call FIX LTD from Glasgow, for more information.