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Are you thinking about replacing an old wooden floor? When does a wooden floor need renovation, when renovation and when is proper cleaning enough? How to know and how to cope? Long-used wooden floors in old buildings due to moisture, due to poor installation, incorrect maintenance or simply old age lose their original appearance and good utility properties. Usually, users are sorry to tear out and replace the entire Floor Sanding so they are looking for ways to gently renovate it, which could save old wood. Sometimes it works, other times it's too late to save.

Are you thinking about replacing an old wooden floor?  When does a wooden floor need renovation, when renovation and when is proper cleaning.


By floor reconstruction is meant a complete renovation, including the subsoil . How do we know if such a radical intervention is needed or not?The key is to judge whether the subsoil under the roofing is in order. It's not easy without pulling out part of the floor and looking under it. As a first step, however, we can perform our own self-diagnosis .Clear the whole room, move out the furniture and thoroughly clean the floor. Then walk on it and subject it to a careful inspection. Focus especially on the following shortcomings , the discovery of which is always an indication for floor reconstruction, incl. background.

Creaking while walking. You certainly don't want a noisy floor that squeaks and creaks under your steps (and neither do your neighbors). The creaking is usually caused by the bending of the covering on a non-solid base and is definitely not repaired by any surface treatment. However, if the floor occasionally creaks or creaks and this is not the rule, it is a characteristic feature of wood and there is no reason to reconstruct the Floor Sanding.

  • Bending . If the floor parts under your steps bend or even break, or are bent under the furniture, the subsoil must be reconstructed.
  • hollow sound is heard when tapping the floor The cavities under the floor could be dug by rodents, the floor infested with wood-destroying fungi also sounds hollow.
  • There is a smell of mold in the room , although it is nowhere to be seen. This may be because the floor is moldy from poorly insulated damp substrates.
  • Rot, wood-destroying insects, wood-destroying fungi or molds are visible at first sight.
    Are you thinking about replacing an old wooden floor?  When does a wooden floor need renovation, when renovation and when is proper cleaning.

Rotting and insect-infested roofing should be burned after plucking so that pests do not spread to other wooden structures in the house.The new substrate must be properly insulated from any sources of moisture. In terms of durability, the most stable is cast anhydrite or cement base. We recommend leaving it to professionals. You can read about how to look after two key parameters in particular - drying of the foundation and precise flatness in our articles When to lay Floor Sanding on anhydrite or concrete and Correct measurement of the flatness of the substrate .

In areas where, for various reasons, we cannot pour the concrete foundation, we choose a loose subsoil and the floor covering is laid on a wooden grate or OSB boards. Never use parts of the original grates for renovations , even if they appear healthy and without signs of rot. Slag or a more modern and currently available light ceramic aggregate is still used as a backfill. You can install Barlinek floors on OSB boards, both in a floating way and by gluing.



If the subsoil is in order and the wooden floor shows only surface defects, a complete reconstruction would be a cannon on a sparrow. If you started with a thorough cleaning, as we suggest above, you may have found that the beauty defects of the wooden surface can be washed away. If not, but you still suspect that stains or scratches do not reach into the deeper layers of the wood, try thoroughly cleaning again with special means for wooden floors . Take into account the original surface treatment and choose a concentrated cleaning agent. Chemistry can do wonders. Clean the Floor Sanding is then a need for surface treat certain designated Ac means .Only if it turns out that it is really damage to the floor or surface paint, there will be no more thorough renovation.Wooden floors (whether we are talking about historic planks, parquets or modern Barlinek floors) can be renovated by sanding the surface layer . Detailed instructions can be found in the article How to sand a wooden floor .


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