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Eliminate Those Swirl Marks For Good From Your Wooden Floors.

Eliminate Those Swirl Marks For Good From Your Wooden Floors.


Posted in Wood Flooring by Source on January 10th 2013
Eliminate those swirl marks for good from your wooden floors One of the most difficult tasks for people with wood flooring is avoiding swirl marks when buffing. Fortunately, there are ways to minimise their impact and visibility Swirl marks appear for a number of reasons. One of the most common causes is incorrect use of the buffing machine - using an overly aggressive grit or leaving dirt and dust on the floor when buffing. Swirls are often only visible in intense light and can appear as mild blemishes on the flooring. There are, however, clever techniques to reduce the appearance of swirl marks. First, be concise and systematic in your approach to buffing to yield a uniform finish. When it comes to the actual buffing, take a slow pace and resist applying too much pressure onto the buffing machine. It is also important to always finish with the grain to maintain a uniform look. Before screening, make sure you clean the floors. For extra protection, attach a vacuum to your buffer to prevent dirt and dust which can cause the swirl marks. Equally important is using the appropriate amount of screens or sandpaper – refer to the manufactures guidelines or contact the   Source Wood Floors technical team for free advice. If you have a stain on your raw hardwood, it is worth considering ‘water-popping’ the floor to expand the fibres of the wood and limit the chances of creating swirl marks. Water-popping also yields an even depth of finish. Keep up to date with emerging technology in the abrasives market. Experiment with the new products and log what works and does not for your flooring. Again, feel free to contact Source Wood Floors for advice on the latest abrasive technology. Finally, always thoroughly check your floors after screening. If a swirl mark does appear, you can wet-sand the swirl with either 80- or 100-grit sandpaper, which will remove it. If swirls are consistently appearing, try going for higher level sandpaper grit. By following these steps, you will significantly reduce the chances of those dreaded swirl marks appearing on your wood flooring – and be equipped to deal with them should they occur.

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