Refinish Your Wood Floor With Tover Idrolak DR 97
Refinish Your Wood Floor With Tover Idrolak DR 97
Properly cared for wood floors can last for years, even as long as the property itself. While regular cleaning is part of this, over time you will notice that there are blemishes on the floor that do not disappear in spite of how hard you scrub the surface. One of the benefits of wood floors is that they allow for refinishing, where the existing finish coats that are worn out are removed and new coats are applied. This brings a whole new look to the interior space without having to pull out the floorboards.
Is it time to have your floor refinished? Here are some signs to watch out for:
There are some sections of the floor that will develop scratches and get faded faster than surrounding areas. These are the likes of the hallways, the sitting area and the floor surface that is around the kitchen sink. Deep scratches, the wood grain getting exposed, and even sections of the floor becoming rough and uncomfortable to walk on – these are signs that the surface is heavily worn down, and needs to be sanded and refinished.
Failing the water test
As the existing finish gets deteriorated, the risks of water damage increase. To test the condition of the floor, simply take a little water and pour it onto the floor. Observe the behaviour. If the water pools into small droplets or individual puddles, then the current finish is still in a good condition. However, if the wood floor readily soaks up the water, then the finish is worn out, and needs to be redone urgently. the longer that it remains in a poor condition, the more the moisture that will be absorbed into the structure, causing water damage issues like cupping, warping, or even buckling. It also increases the risks of permanent stains being formed, since the spills that will be made on the floor will be soaked deep into the wood tissue.
Heavily scratched surface
The occasional scratches on the wood floor is not a cause for alarm. In fact, scratches will be some of the first signs of wear that will be seen. They can be caused by foot traffic, pets, or even dents from furniture that is being moved on the floor. When small and few, the scratches can be overlooked. However, as they increase in number and get deeper, then they become an eyesore, and a risk to the structural integrity of the installation. By the time the scratches are getting deep enough such that they have got through the finish coats, it creates points of weakness, where spills and water can get to the wood tissue faster. damaging the installation.
Change in colour
This is attributed to different causes. For instance, sunlight can cause some wood species to fade, and others to darken. Water damage also causes floors to gradually become grey – which is a sign that the existing polyurethane finish is wearing out, and this should be quickly addressed before the floor becomes black. There are also cases where oil-based polyurethanes used develop a yellow hue over time, which takes away the appeal of the floor. This is also one of the reasons why water-based lacquers have been increasing in popularity.
Bring A New Look To Your Floor With Tover Idrolak DR 97
When it’s time for a fresh start, turn to the water-borne, two-component Idrolak DR 97 to freshen up your floor. This lacquer is easy to apply, and comes with superior mechanical properties that give your floor enhanced protection from the abrasive effects of daily life, as well as resistance to chemicals used in the household. This tough formulation is suited to areas that handle high levels of traffic, from busy homes to commercial establishments.
With the Tover Idrolak DR 97, you get a rich finish effect that brings out the natural appeal of the underlying wood. That characteristic charm that made you fall in love with that particular wood species that you have had installed in the premises is accentuated, which positively impacts the rest of the décor. In addition, you can get the Tover Idrolak DR 97 in different sheens, from Semi-Gloss and Matt, to Extra Matt. That way, the final look will be in line with your style preferences.
To use the Tover Idrolak DR 97 lacquer on your floor, start by sanding away the existing treatment. The formulation needs to bond well with the bare wood, and any treatments currently on the floor will interfere with this. The final sanding passes should be either grit 100 or 120. You don’t want to overbuff the surface since this would also prevent proper bonding between the lacquer and the floor.
The Tover Idrolak DR 97 comes with two components – the lacquer and the hardener. These are mixed with a 10:1 ratio, with the resultant catalysed finish having a 4-hour pot life. Prepare the mixture in a clean container – just enough to use within the 4 hours, since after this duration another round will need to be prepared. Do not use the mixture after the time elapses even if it will still be liquid.
With equipment like a microfibre medium hair roller, proceed to spread the finish over the floor. Apply the first coat generously over the surface, ensuring that you achieve a uniform layer. The levelling properties of the Tover Idrolak DR 97 make it easier to end up with a homogenous result. Allow 4-5 hours for the first coat to dry, lightly sanding it with 180-grit abrasives, vacuum away the dust, and you can proceed to add the second coat.
This lacquer treatment will need 24 hours before normal traffic can be allowed back onto the area. Note that when temperatures are particularly high – like over 25°C, it can cause the product to dry faster than intended during application, preventing you from levelling it out well and achieving a uniform coat. Don’t fret. In such situations, simply mix the finish with 5% Rallenty retardant and carry on with the application.