Giving an old pine floor a new modern whiter look.

Pine floors have an authentic character to them, don’t you agree? 

These floors are prominent in many Victorian houses. 

However, these floors tend to have an orange look, and we are finding this is not wanted anymore stepping into new modern times.

I must add that the orange look only applies to the Victorian pine boards. The newer ones tend to have a whiter look now.

A great deal of our customers wants their older pine floors to have a whiter looking pine, as seen in this photo:

We work alongside Ultimate Floor Care, who also found this was a regular request!

For years making a pine floor whiter was almost impossible, and then they worked with Pallmann to produce a product to help make this possible. 

This excellent product is called Pall x 330 white. 

To see the products and what Ultimate Floor Care do please click here.

We recently restored a client’s floors, and she requested a whiter look.

Below are the stages of the floor we recently done:

Before starting                                After sanding                                   After finishing

Beautiful, aren’t they?

So, to get the floor like this, we started our 6-step sanding process: 

1. Prep the floor before sanding.

They will inspect the floor to ensure all nails are below the surface of the wood and secure any loose boards.

2. High-filtration vacuum.

A high-filtration vacuum removes any soil or particles that may cause damage to the floor during the sanding process. 

3. Sanding of the main floor.

The sanding system we use is 99.9% dust free as it has an advanced extraction system. 

We will then sand using a bell sander and work through different grit sizes to ensure we achieve a high-quality finish.

4. Edges and detailed sanding.

We will then use an edging sander to finish your wood floor, ensuring the edges and hard to get to places. 

5. Final finishing.

Our techs will now use a rotary sander with a super fine grit to leave the floor with a superior and even finish to the whole floor.

6. Fine dust removal.

And finally, we will use a highly efficient vacuum to remove dust particles on your newly sanded floor.

After the sanding process its time to prime and finish:

1. They apply the primer, which will be Pall x 330 white.

2. Once they added the primmer, they added one coat of Pall x 98, let it dry completely, and then re-added another application of the Pall x 98.

When applying any of the Pallmann products, you must follow the instructions!

One of our trained technicians couldn’t stress enough that even something like applying when the air temperature is too hot will make a massive difference to the finish.

The recommended temperature application for Pall x 330 white is 18-25.

The lacquer is similar, but there is more of a margin.

You can see from this picture what happens if just the temperature isn’t right:

The darker patches are where the finish has dried quickly and left dark patches in certain areas. 

For further advice or information on our Carpet and Soft Furnishing care, please do not hesitate to contact the Art of Clean team on 01223 901551 in Cambridge. Our services include Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, oriental and area Rug Cleaning, Curtain Cleaning, Patio, and Driveway Pressure washing, Leather Cleaning, Stone and Tile Floor Cleaning, and Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration. We also supply new flooring and carpets through our sister company Art of Flooring. Our Dry-Cleaning service is provided by Farthings Cambridge

Written by Tracey Gilbey, Marketing and Admin Coordinator at Art of Clean.