How to Revive Wood Floors

Step by step guide to reviving old floors
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Varnished wooden floors are great in a busy family home: they’re attractive, easy to keep clean and pretty tough, too. Exposing the floorboards in older houses is still a popular alternative to carpet. The result, after a heavy-duty floor sander has been used, is a startling improvement and floors are often varnished without further work being done to the boards. 

But floorboards were designed to be covered with a heavy layer of carpet and underlay, so draughts, squeaks and unsightly gaps are a common side effect of going back to basics. In this feature we’ll show you how to deal with these problems.