Restoring a very old & dirty pine floor

Work Required
We received a call from a newly married couple who were completely redecorating their old terraced house in Dublin 2.  After lifting the carpet, they found a very dirty, worn out looking wood flooring. They had debated whether or not to cover using laminate flooring – thankfully they done some research beforehand on Google and came across RH Wood Floors. They were very impressed with our work and after seeing over 200 5 star reviews on our Google page they gave us a call to find out more!
Our highly skilled and experienced Carpenter Jason, was scheduled to carry out a site survey to identify the wood and asked if anything could be done with it or was it just too damaged and old to be restored.
Jason gave them the great news that it could be sanded and restored – they were a bit skeptical as to how it would look because of its current condition. To reassure them, Jason took an area on the floor to sample for the client, this gave the couple a great idea of what the final result would look like.
He sanded back a section and applied a few samples of staining and varnish and another section with just clear varnish. They called the following morning to let us know they were thrilled with the samples and were more than confident we would achieve the results they were looking for.
Work Activity
The wood floor restoration was needed in the main bedroom and the small narrow hallway upstairs
Our sanding crew filled any nail holes or gaps necessary and checked all of the boards to ensure there were no protruding nails or loose boards before beginning the sanding.
The wood floor was level so we decided to use 40 grit on the planetary underneath the machine.
The blackened, painted edges are always a tat difficult to remove. This painting method was done back in the day usually with lead paint, making it a tougher to sand.  However, we have sanded 1000’s of pine floors like this so for RH Wood Floors its never an issue!  This was usually done after rugs were laid in the middle of the room and was definitely a “trendy” thing to do back in the day!
Once we had finished the first sand, we proceeded to use sixty and eighty grit discs to complete the floors, hoovering after each sand before proceeding to the next one.
The edges in the main bedroom and hallway we sanded using all of the above grits using an edging machine
We then used a buffer with a one hundred grit multi-hole pad as a final sand to leave the wooden floor feeling very smooth.
After giving the floors a final hoover it was now ready to be varnished using an AC Varnish from Morelles.
The client popped in from time to time and during each visit, she couldn’t help but stare in amazement and tell us how impressed she was with us and how it looked after sanding – the final result had completely exceeded her expectations!
The client did ask about staining the floor but when we showed him a test area using only clear varnish they had said that it was exactly the colour they wanted so we continued to prepare the floor so it was ready for varnishing.
We applied one coat of AC Varnish and returned the next day the apply a second, final coat to the bedroom and hallway.
Conclusion
The couple were absolutely astonished at the final outcome of their dirty, old looking wood floor that they thought they would need to cover with laminate flooring!
We explained the importance of cleaning the wood floor correctly using the Bona Wood Floor Cleaner  and also maintaining it in the future.
Testimonial
The clients were beyond happy with the result, check out their lovely review:
“We just had our very old pine floors in the master bedroom and landing sanded, restored and varnished by RH Wood Floors. Absolutely thrilled with the final result. Superb job. There was lots of dirt in-bedded in the floorboards and to be honest I didn’t think it would come up so well. Looks like brand new floor has been laid. Thanks to Shane for all the hard work. A gentleman to deal with. Would highly recommend.”