Flooring Question

Sanding and restoring floorboards

We are renovating a 30s 3 bed and are hoping to restore the original floorboards.

When the plasterers came in they left QUITE a bit of plaster splatter on the floors and I am wondering should I remove that before sanding (somehow!) or just get on with sanding as it will be removed in the process? Also - if this job proves to be too much for us untrained individuals - who/which trade should we ask to quote to complete the job? We are hoping to have the downstairs floors varnished and the upstairs either varnished or painted depending on their condition.

Thanks!

Abi

4 Answers

I would get a floor scraper and scrap off as much as you can. Otherwise, when you sand the floor the wood around the plaster will sand a lot cleaner before the plaster is removed to reveal the wood and you will have a patchy looking finish, unless you heavily sand the whole floor but in my opinion that looks wrong with original floorboards - you should leave some of the patina.

Answered 18th Aug 2011

Mark Coleman ~ Carpenter

Member since 28 Dec 2008

I would get your plasterer back to clean up his mess!

Answered 19th Aug 2011

carl melady

Member since 1 Jun 2008

You should scrape off as much of the lumpy bits of plaster as you can. Then with the floor sanding machines, the rest should come off easy. Start sanding with a rough grade of sand paper. You should contact a flooring company as they will be well equiped with sanding machines and finishes.

Answered 19th Aug 2011

JC Wood Flooring Specialists

Member since 10 Jul 2011

Plaster should come off quite easily but do it prior to sanding

Answered 23rd Aug 2011

property improvements

Member since 27 Oct 2010

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