Hardwood Flooring Los Angeles, 333 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wood Floors

Do you like your wood floors look centuries old? Floors that look like it is aged for centuries are becoming popular nowadays.

In fact, wood floor boards are intentionally scraped and dented to get an old look as if worn out by time. Reclaimed woods from demolished old warehouses and barns, wine barrels and ship decks are saved, processed and sold to those who wanted to have rustic and country look in their homes.

Distressing and handscraping wood floors in the past were made by craftsmen with their own hands using chisel, hammer and metal plates. They even burn parts of the floors that are already installed to achieve that old, casual look.

Today, distressing wood can be done by machine in the manufacturing plant but the looks are often identical unlike those that are made by craftsmen. Homeowners with children and pets at home prefer this type of hardwood flooring as their pets claws will surely make scratches on their floors in time.

If you want to get this kind of look in your wood flooring, here are some useful tips that might help you decide to handscrape your own floors:

1. If your floor is prefinished, you have to sand it first. It is best to choose an unfinished hardwood floor if you want to handscrape them on your own.

2. Use a handscraping wood tool like a chisel or a hand planer, if you have one, to scrape some parts of the floor. This will take time especially if you have a large floor area.

3. You have to start on a small area and see what would be the result. Woods differ from its grain and it is best to try first whether you can use another style or technique on different floor boards to make the handscrape unidentical from the other.

4. Wet the part you will scrape. Move around wetting and scraping. Do not stay in one place all the time. Move around when using a tool so that the scrape you will make will be all over the entire floor before using another tool for another design.

5. You can scrape in a different direction if you like but just be careful not to tear your floor away since going in the wrong direction may lead to deeper cuts in it.

6. Use your creativity to make good and natural look of the floor. You can adjust your scraping tool in a different angle to produce another texture.

7. In order to create holes, chips, dents and scratches, you can use tools drills hammer or ice picks. These tools will make the wood floors look aged. You can also use wire brushes to make scratches and add a grainy feel of them.

8. If you want to create bunt look, you can use a soldering iron or hot metal plates and burn down little parts on the wood floor.

9. Pets are useful too. They can make natural scratches with their claws. Let them run around with their nails unclipped.

When all is done, sweep and vacuum all the dust, wood chips and shavings and see to it that the entire area clean and apply stain and coat your wood floors with the finish you prefer.

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333 S Grand Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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