Many homes have their flooring done using floorboards. Although this gives a nice traditional look to your house when properly varnished, floorboards tend to have many problems too. Prime amongst the issues are creaking, loose and broken floorboards. There are simple fixes to these problems that you can do yourself and get floors that look new and shiny.

  • Fixing Squeaky Floorboards – The problem of squeaking floorboards occurs because the floorboards are either fitted too tightly, too loosely or have no support. This doesn’t require a lot of work and the following are some ready fixes –
  1. For floorboards that creak because they are fitted too tightly together, talcum powder and chalk dust are the best remedies. All you need to do is sprinkle some between the boards to reduce the friction that causes the noise.
  2. Loose floorboards that squeak are best fixed using screws. Drill the boards and use 50 mm screws to secure them. Pre-drilling is important because otherwise the wood might split at the place the screw is installed.
  3. For floorboards that squeak because of lack of support, take out the floorboard and attach some batten to the main joist. Now, put the floorboard back on top of the batten and use screws to secure it.
  • Stripping Floorboards Before Varnishing – There is no better way to give a makeover to your house other than varnishing your floors. But before you do that, you need to strip them and repair the broken ones.
  1. Repair all the loose boards by screwing them together and ensure that they are fixed.  Strip the undersides of any nails or screw sticking out.
  2. Sanding machines are used to remove the last coating of varnish and obtaining a smooth surface. If your floorboards are very old, use hand sanding tools.
  3. If you can’t get the varnish off, use chemical varnish strippers. Ensure that the room is well ventilated when you are using the chemicals
  • Varnishing Floorboards – Varnishing ensures that the floorboards last long and also makes them strong. It would also give you new and sophisticated looking glossy floors.
  1. Always start from the inside corner towards the outside one or the exit. You don’t want to lean on varnish or walk over it when you are finished.
  2. Thin the first coat well and use it as a sealing coat. The job of this coat is to ensure that other coats do not get absorbed by the surface. Follow the direction of the grains on the floorboards and paint.
  3. Never try to coat all the boards at once. Be patient and work on one board at a time, then move on to others.
  4. Always let a coat dry before you start with the next one or else the surface won’t be smooth.
  5. The number of coats needed after the sealing-coat is usually two but it also depends on the varnish you are using.

It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions strictly while doing these jobs yourself. Always keep a wiping cloth around and wear gloves while handling the chemicals.

So if you dream of a floorboard in your custom built house, you have to be sure that you’re doing it right. Or, you can be a part of the Americas Home Place Mission who strive to construct dream homes of people in real life, just the way it looks like in your fantasy world.