Simple Methods to Lessen an Aged Floor’s Appearance
A house is not a home, but you do have to live in it everyday – and that most definitely includes walking on the floor. While it’s true that most types of flooring can prevail through even the most serious wear and tear, it can only hold up for so long without getting the proper attention it deserves. If your old flooring is in serious need of some overhauling, don’t give it the boot right away. Instead, try out these four easy ways to make it over, and make it work for you:
1. Varnish hardwood floors
Hardwood may be the easiest flooring type to keep clean, but it isn’t immune to damage, scratches or mark-ups entirely. Varnishing your hardwood floor is a great way to restore the warm tone, smooth texture and reduce any visible scuffs, all while providing an attractive glow. Regardless of what type of varnish you use – be it oil-based, water-based or solvent-based polyurethane – be sure to prep the wood prior to applying. You should always apply varnish to bare wood, in a dust-free workspace and never shake the container.
2. Paint your carpet
Sure, it’s not everyone’s first idea to whip out a paint can at the sight of a distressed, beaten down carpet floor – especially if it’s white. But believe it or not, giving your carpet a new paint job can actually make it look entirely new…and you don’t need to be a DIY expert to figure out how. Case in point, bleaching the carpet comes first. This can be done with a 1-gallon capacity pump sprayer. The painting comes next, in multiple steps and layers to ensure that the paint will hold. Once the coats have dried, you can also stencil on patterns and designs, or leave it as is. Another perk for this revamping hack? It can easily be done on a low budget, requiring materials that many homeowners already have laying around their garage.
3. Cover up ceramic tile
If it’s been more than a while since your tile flooring has been applied, you can expect a lot of grit, mold, chipping and broken ceramic pieces. It may be tempting to just remove your tile floor completely, but you can take a similar approach to old carpeting and simply paint it instead. Once you’ve removed the caulk and cracked gout from the areas you are making over, clean the ceramic tile so that the paint will stick, and it will look its best. Then, mix the paint apply to the tile with a regular foam roller. Choosing a paint with optimal finish is key here. Make sure you choose one that will leave it looking smooth and shiny.
4. Seal any stone
Stone flooring always adds a crisp, clean and elegant appeal to a household, but figuring out ways to restore it might be a little trickier than anticipated. Unlike carpeting and ceramic tile, painting it would defeat the purpose of its appearance entirely, and not many are willing to throw an area rug over their once treasured granite or fabricated marble. Instead, try giving your stone floor a face lift by sealing it. First, clean the area off for an optimal surface that is easy to work with. This can be done with a buffing machine or by hand, depending on what type of stone flooring you have. After the cleaning process, apply a sealer that truly gets inside any pores of the stone, so that it will protect it from within.
Flooring in New Jersey
It can be a little frustrating when it comes to revamping your old flooring, but confiding in an expert always makes the process easier. If you’re having any questions or concerns about any and all flooring needs during your endeavors, feel free to gain insight and help from our talented team at Alite Flooring. Thanks to our real-world experience and flawless track record with every client we take on, we provide nothing but the best service for all of our customers. Contact our office at 973-575-5005 for your next flooring improvement project.