How To Cleaning Old Wood Floors Without Refinishing

Hello, let’s talk a little bit about wooden floors . Some people have asked me how to recover solid wooden floors, because over time these floors end up scratching or wearing out, especially those areas that are under furniture or in circulation areas.

It is common to find older apartments and houses with parquet floors, parquet floors and even wooden floors in terrible conditions, most people look at that old, finished floor, full of dirt accumulated in the 500 layers of wax passed over the years and thinks: – I need to tear off the entire floor and change to a more “modern” model like a laminate floor.

cleaning old wood floors without refinishing

Cleaning Old Wood Floors Without Refinishing

Before that idea can cross your mind, wait! Do nothing and read this:

This is the biggest advantage of solid wood floors, after all, solid wood floors are much more expensive than laminate floors, they are more durable, even if the laminate floor is more resistant to scratches, real wood floors can be renovated , while the laminate has spoiled is gone.

So what does it take to restore the wooden floor? It will depend on the damage to the floor, but if the case is the lack of shine, the accumulation of wax and scratches the solution is sanding.

There are a multitude of companies that sand clubs and other wooden floors, in addition to sanding they apply the famous “sinteco” or varnish, to leave the floor as new.

You may even find that beneath that dark, stained floor there is a light floor that has been darkening over the years due to the application of dark varnish, or colored waxes. Incidentally, colored waxes are terrible.

Once my mother went to the market and distractedly bought a green wax, instead of buying a colorless wax, I think it was from Tacolac – something like that – it was a very strong liquid wax, it stuck like a glue and to remove it afterwards it was terrible, we stayed a week in the steel wool wax remover until you remove all that green wax. It is this type of thing that causes the wooden floor to wear, to pass steel wool, imagine.

My family has always changed a lot, I don’t even know how many houses I’ve lived in since I was born, but whenever we bought a new house with a finished wooden floor, we hired a company to do the sanding and the floor was brand new, perfect, as if it had just been placed.

There was a house, a German-style townhouse over 80 years old, which had a parquet floor all designed, in the entrance hall the light and dark park formed geometric designs similar to flowers, beautiful, and in the rest of the house the parquet floor it also had simpler designs, with a floor edge, a luxury.

I have never seen such a beautiful parquet floor. After applying the varnish, the floor became so shiny that it was mirrored, wonderful. In the time we stayed in the house, we never need to wax.

If you are thinking of sanding or scraping your old floor I recommend it, it is very worthwhile.
In the past it was more work, it made a terrible powder and the varnish took too long to dry, but nowadays, there are many companies that do the scraping without powder and still apply the quick drying varnish.

Wax or Varnish

As natural wood is porous after sanding it is exposed, and it is necessary to seal it with resin, be it wax or varnish.

Most people prefer the use of varnish, since the wax does a certain job and requires constant removal and application, there are also those who even varnish the wooden floor still apply wax, which is not necessary.

But, if the option is only to use the wax, I suggest the paste wax, the liquid waxes on the sanded wooden floor without varnish can stain the pieces, since the colorless natural wax in paste is a good solution to protect the floor from moisture.

Those who use varnish as an option can choose between having a mirrored, semi-gloss or even matte floor. Before choosing the varnish, talk to the applicator.

Below are the differences between Bona and Synteko, two brands of varnish that are most used in the recovery of wooden floors.

Bonn or Synteko?

Both are great products and both allow for a matte, satin finish or even high gloss that gives that mirror effect.

Synteck is a brand that was born in Stockholm in 1945, after the second world war, the first product in the line was launched, today Synteko is present worldwide, in Brazil we know the brand as “Sinteco” and many companies added the syntheco to the name, with application of synthetic instead of varnish for flooring.

The most used Synteko product is Synteko Classic, a varnish composed of urea and formaldehyde, as well as Super Synteco, they take longer to dry, have a strong smell in the application, do not allow touch-ups, but are highly resistant.

However, Synteko has a water-based Vitta line, which is quick-drying and has no odor when applied, has resistance to sunlight and tolerance to the natural oiliness of wood.

Synteko also has the Polisyn line, which is a polyurethane-based resin, can be applied not only to wooden floors, but also to porous stones and cement floors, 25% more network than the other products, they have high resistance and allows touch-ups.

The Bona brand, which is also Swedish, appeared in 1967, but Brazil was little known here, in recent years it has invested in training professionals for the application of its products and today the application of Bona is having the greatest success, it is a most expensive product, but also the most recommended by many applicators.

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