When to Have Those Timber Floors Sanded and Polished
Timber floors are reasonably durable when it comes to accidental spills, especially if the polish is water resistant. But large scale water damage can be an issue; water from floods, washing machines, broken fish tanks or other sources can cause noticeable warping of timber floorboards. Matters are worse is the water is in any way contaminated.
Flooded timber floors should be drained and aired as quickly as possible; the less time the water is on the floor the better. If electrical power is available (it might be disconnected after a flood) it helps to use extractor fans. Old sheets and blankets can soak a lot of dampness. If the water was polluted the floor should be de-contaminated; seek expert services.
If the timber floor has any warping it will need to be re-sanded. This will virtually restore the flooring to its original look.
Scratches and Dents.
Harder woods tend to resist damage, but even the hardest wood is not immune to all scratches and dents. Metal furniture, high heel shoes and other objects are harder than wood, and the best precautions cannot prevent every issue
Using plastic or cork coasters under furniture can all but eliminate potential damage. Rugs can also be good. Shallow scratches can often be fixed by reapplying some of the polish used on the rest of the floor.
If the floor has extensive scratches and dents it might be worth re-sanding and re-polishing. Many homes consider this normal every 10 years.
Fading Finish on Timber Flooring
Sunlight will cause almost any surface to fade over time. Tinted windows remove 99% of this problem. It also helps to periodically move furniture and rugs so no one area of the flood fades more than another.