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DIY: Restoring Old Wooden Floorboards

Are your wooden floorboards getting you down? We don’t often realise how much old flooring can reduce the overall appeal of a room. If you don’t take care of your wooden surfaces, they’ll quickly deteriorate and start to look less impressive. Wooden floorboards can add either a modern or a rustic feel – depending on how you choose to finish the wood and decorate. Use your flooring to liven up your rooms again and find out how you revive wooden floorboards.


Oil and Sheen

If you just want to make your old floorboards to look good again, you’ll need to get to work with wood oils and waxes. And you really can do this yourself! Whilst traditional products like Danish oil require several coats, many hours in between for drying, and seemingly endless buffing, we now stock next-generation wood oils that are extremely user friendly.

Rubio Monocoat, Lacq, and Osmo products combine all the advantage of wood oils, waxes, and varnishes to leave your wood floors looking brand new again. They apply with one or two coats, are quick to dry, provide your wood with nourishment as well as a durable and hardwearing protective layer, and don’t require sanding if you top them up further down the line.

Our wood oils for floorboards make short work of rejuvenating



Modern Stains

If using a stain to restore your old floorboards doesn’t appeal to you, maybe you need to try something different. Using a grey based stain like Timberex Active Stain can give your floorboard the best of both worlds. You’ll be able to see the natural grain of the wood through stain for a rustic look, and achieve a modern feel with the grey tones. You only need to apply it once with a micro-fibre roller and it only needs one application! Just watch out for any stain that has splashed on other surfaces and clean it up quickly.

Hardwearing Varnish

A well-varnished wooden floor can really bring a room together. If your floorboards haven’t received much attention, give them a good clean and remove any old varnish before you restore them. Then, sand the wood down and work with the grain. If however, the varnish is in sound condition, you just need to lightly sand the surface before you apply varnish.


Blackfriar Heavy Duty Varnish will leave you with a completely transformed, durable surface that is chemical and stain resistant! Simply apply it with a brush using light strokes, or use a short nap mohair roller if you prefer. If you want the ultimate results use 3 coats on new wood and two coats on previously varnished surfaces.

No matter how you choose to restore your floorboards, just remember to follow the instructions on any products. Especially any safety instructions!


  1. Thank you for your post. There are so many different resources for refinishing wood floors. This post is a jumping off point. The one thing I want you to take from this is, don’t be afraid of the sanding process.

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