hardwood floor installation

How to prepare for DIY floor sanding project

Solid Wood Flooring Repair by DIY Parquetry & CorkAre your floor looking tired? Old floors don’t need to be replaced – not just yet. To bring back your floors to their former glory, you can always resand it. It’s amazing how tired, ageing and discoloured hardwood floor can be transformed into a gorgeous, new looking floor in just a day or two!

DIY floor sanding project

Don’t have to do over the weekend? Whether you have plenty of breaks or just want to try resanding your floor on your own, it’s a great project for you to do. You’ll make use of your time and you’ll end up having a beautiful floor that your home should have. When you are about to embark through your resanding project, there are some things you should prepare.

Here are some preparations for you:

  • Empty the room. You should make sure all the furniture and other things are move outside so you will have plenty of space to move around easily.
  • Remove floor coverings. Ensure that your floor is smooth on the surface and doesn’t have any coverings at all – even nails.
  • Vacuum the room. When you vacuum the entire room, you can get rid of dirt and other debris, giving a clean surface to resand.
  • Block up doorways. This will prevent the dust from getting into another room but keep your windows open for proper ventilation.
  • Watch for protruding nails. If there are any that you can’t remove, drive its head below the surface using a hammer.

living roomAnd, there you go – you are now ready to start resanding your floor.

How to prepare for DIY floor sanding project

Make sure you follow all the necessary preparations above so you can have an easy time resanding your floor – and it can make your project faster too. Are you ready to give your old floor a new, gorgeous look? Try resanding it!

Need to install new hardwood floor? For all your hardwood floor needs, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer flooring installation services on different flooring such as cork, bamboo and parquetry. Ring us today for a free measure and quote.

 

Do you need to replace your hardwood floor after water damage to your home?

water-on-woodWe all know how easily a washing machine hose can become loose, or there’s a dishwasher leak. The last thing you need to do is come home from a hard day at work to find that your beautiful wooden floor has flooded.

Something was left in the sink and it overflowed, a mechanical fault or leak, when water floods inside your home, it will usually mean it is time to have your hardwood flooring replaced?

When should you have your wooden floor replaced? Read on:

If your floor gets badly water damaged then generally you will have to bite the bullet and have it replaced. If you want to keep your home’s beauty, replacing your hardwood floor is a must, especially after flooding.

To find out whether your flooring needs replacing, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much time has passed?

Air drying can help your floor return to its regular state. However, if 10 days have passed and your floor hasn’t dried, it’s time to have it replaced.

 

  • Check if any mould is present?

Be 100 % sure, as the presence of mould means floor replacement.  Once there is mould damage, it can be very difficult to remove, will cause a health hazard and the only answer is to replace your flooring.

 

  • What type of flooring do you have?

Different types of flooring have different levels of protection against flooding.  Be sure to check yours out!  Some may withstand better than others too.  For example, timber flooring can be dried but if it is attached to concrete, drying out is not usually possible.

 

  • Depending on the extent of the water damage you may only have to replace part of your hardwood flooring.

hardwoodDo you need to replace your floor after a flood?

If you have carefully assessed your hardwood floor and it needs replacing after that laundry leak – contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We offer flooring installation services and want to help you get your home back to normal as soon as possible. We can replace part or floor, do repairs or if the damage is extensive replace your whole floor.

Don’t delay time is of the essence in flooding situations, even if you are unsure whether the water ha cause damage give us a call.

Contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring today for all your flooring needs, new, repairs and replacement. Free measure and quote.

How to design a home with a hardwood floor?

living room floorAre you thinking of installing a hardwood floor in your home? Awesome! Now, for the overall design of your home. Hardwood floor is subtly inviting, comforting and looks casually luxurious and will be your home’s best feature. You want to accentuate it by making sure your décor and home style will match it, but how? The number one key here is to create contrast.

Creating colour contrast

Where to start with your decorating? How will the colour contrast work? Fortunately, you don’t need to be a designer to be able to create something wonderful inside your home. Let’s explore a few simple design tips to help you maximise the beauty of your home.

Contrasting the hues and shades in your home could create a harmonious splendour. Here’s what you should do:

  • If you have a light floor, opt for a darker wall – doesn’t have to be too dark but dark enough to ensure that the contrast is accentuated. The furniture should be light and minimalistic.
  • Experiment with accessories. Choose vibrant colour accessories. Imagine having a grey wall with a white sofa with an orange rug and a lime green ornament. Let your imagination run wild while decorating and have a bit of fun with it.
  • For dark coloured floors, choose light coloured walls and a leather sofa. Make sure your sofa is a bit lighter or darker than your floor so it will not create an overcrowded look.
  • Bleached floors are fun! You can paint your wall red and add oak furniture for a stylish effect. Or you can colour your walls sky blue and add a white sofa for that seaside

How to design a home with a hardwood floor?

With hardwood floors, there are just so many ways to decorate your home – the possibilities are endless! Remember, there is never a right or wrong way to decorate but what only feels right for you. Need to install a new hardwood floor? Contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for all your needs. Ring us today for a free quote.

Frequently asked questions about hardwood flooring you should know!

wood floorAre you looking for the right flooring for your home? Whether it’s a floor for a new home or you need a replacement for your old floor, it’s a great idea to choose hardwood flooring. Tough, durable and built to last, hardwood floors have an unmatched beauty. It gives off a warm look making everyone inside your home feel cosy and comfortable.

Beautiful hardwood floors

Hardwood flooring can be a beautiful investment for your home. They will make your look gorgeous plus its classic look never fades with time – they are always in style! They may seem pricey compared to other types of flooring, but it’s a worthy lifelong investment for your money.With regular care and maintenance, it can even outlast you!! Despite its popularity, some homeowners are still unsure about hardwood flooring, constantly enquiring. Here are a few frequently asked questions about hardwood flooring with the correct answers:

Can we install hardwood flooring if we have a pet dog or cat?

Many homeowners with pets are installing hardwood flooring. Your pet claws may scratch your flooring but it is your duty to trim your pet’s claws and nails on a regular basis to prevent floor scratches.

kitchen hardwood floorIs it safe to use hardwood flooring in the kitchen?

Yes – it will make your kitchen look very welcoming. One just needs to use caution where there may be a few spills and possible moisture.  As these are common issues, just be sure to wipe away any wetness as it happens or even place some mats around.

Can you install hardwood floor over a concrete slab?

Yes, given the concrete slab is properly dried, free of grease, oil, stains and dust. Be sure to ask your flooring contractor about your options to maximise the use of your flooring by suing the correct underlay.

Can we put hardwood flooring over an existing floor?

In some situations, yes. The existing flooring has to be fully adhered to the sub floor and be compressed enough not to create any bounce at all.

Frequently asked questions about hardwood flooring you should know!

If you have further questions about hardwood flooring, contact D.I.Y. Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring. We can give you the answers you need and help you find the right flooring for your home. Ring us today for a free measure and quote.

 

Are hardwood floors perfect for entrance ways?

entryway by DIYFirst impressions count.  Entrance ways should be beautiful, welcoming and inviting. This is a space that needs proper furnishing where all aspects; including the perfect floor, work together to create an area of beauty.

Entryway flooring options

There are many options of flooring for you to choose from when it comes to your entryway. In fact, any type of flooring is good. You can choose cork flooring, bamboo, or hardwood floors. However, when choosing entryway flooring, consider hardwood floors.

Hardwood floors are lovely and make good flooring for entrance ways and here is why:

  • Easy to clean
  • Durable and easy repair
  • Timeless appeal

Easy to clean

The floor in your entryway should be easy to clean and that is exactly what a hardwood floor offers. An entryway is a high traffic area; family members and guests will enter through this area, track in dirt and grime. To clean a hardwood floor, sweep first, then mop, dry mop any excess water and after a couple minutes your floor is clean again.

Durable and easy repair

Your entryway gets the most foot traffic so it should be durable and be able to withstand the daily wear and tear. Hardwood flooring is built to last so it will cope a lot better than many other flooring options. Plus if your old hardwood floor does start to look tired, you can have easily it refinished to make it look like new again!

Timeless appeal

Hardwood flooring can last for years and blend well with the current flooring trends. Flooring styles may change every year but hardwood flooring will always remain beautiful and trendy – a classic characteristic no other flooring can match. Wood flooring is the constant in housing trends for hundreds of years.

Are hardwood floors perfect for entrance ways?

Yes, they are. It is great to look at on its own or you can pair it up with a colourful rug or decorative doormat to have that more personalised feel. With help from D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring, your entryway will look fabulous. Call us today and let’s discuss your hardwood flooring options for your entryway or any part of your home. For floors for now and years to come; call D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring.

Hardwood floor cleaning, clean home for New Year

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Excited for the holidays? You should be. The end of the year is near; Christmas is approaching and its summer! What news could be better than that? While you are busy preparing for end of year party, get together with friends and family, don’t forget to get your home ready.

Keeping your home clean

It’s the best time of the year. Wouldn’t it be right to have your home at its best? When it comes to making your home beautiful, nothing can match the beauty of a clean home. Keeping your home clean can be difficult especially during holidays when people are coming and going all the time, popping in for a visit and consistently walking through your home, leaving a trail of dirt and dust behind.

That’s where the challenge lies. So, you want can you do to keep your home clean?

Start with cleaning your hardwood floors. Hardwood floors are beautiful and they have that certain effect that makes your home elegant. However, they need proper care and maintenance, in order to keep their appearance looking it’s best even during the busiest month of the year.

Clean immediately

If there are food or wine spills, remember to clean it up right away. The longer it sits, the harder it is to remove them and the more chance of a stain happening. Make this your number one cleaning rule especially during this season when having a party becomes a common thing.

Be extra careful

When moving heavy furniture, make sure to do it carefully. You can use a thick pad, old towel or cloth underneath the furniture to prevent scratching. You can also ask for help when removing furniture – after all, four hands are better than two!

Sweep regularly

You’ll never know when guests will show up so always make sure your home is ready. Sweeping your hardwood floor can prevent dust and dirt buildup. Vacuum and mop once a week or as necessary and remember not to over wet your floor so dry mop immediately after to remove any excess water.

Don’t let your home gather dust this New Year, instead, keep it cleaned for that fabulous look for the holiday!

If your hardwood floor needs a facelift, don’t panic. Contact D.I.Y Parquetry, Timber & Cork Flooring for your flooring needs. We install hardwood flooring including parquet floors, cork and bamboo floors, see you in 2015. Phone for a free quote.