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Matte or Gloss finish on my wood floor?

Matte or Gloss?

Do you intend to modernize your room by sanding the floor? Can’t decide if you want to go with a matte or gloss finish? When it comes to flooring finishes, it’s always essential to choose one that complements the whole room’s theme. Trends in the flooring business frequently emerge for what today’s contemporary house should look like.

What is trendy?

Matt finishing on hardwood floors is becoming increasingly popular in houses. If you want a rustic-style room, that looks great on wide plank planks with a surrounding look that has a more rural style. The word rustic has many meanings. When it comes to how the inside is organized and appears, although generally, it gives an old yet warm look.

Matte finish?

Matt finishing may give a harsh appearance with natural beauty and an environmental charm. But let’s not get too caught up in the definition of the rustic style! This is simply to offer you an idea of where the matt finished hardwood flooring would look best in terms of design and aesthetics.

The finish may be used in a variety of settings and structures, despite its versatility. Another advantage is that a matte finish hides the flaws in the woods, such as scuffs, dents, and scratches, making it ideal for parents and pet owners.

Gloss finish?

Matt’s finish gives the floor a flat, natural, unaltered appearance. In comparison, the gloss finish appears shiny and almost like a plastic machine-made covering on top of the floor that bounces and reflects light back at you.

The Matt finishes have a little or no sheen level in it, and the phrase “sheen level” is used to describe the coat’s reflective qualities. A matte finish reflects little light because it absorbs it rather than reflecting off of it. It has more of a sheen than a shine.


If you’re trying to finish a floor, you need to consider what you want from it. Matt finishes offer an elegant, modern look that is both durable and slick. Matt finishes are presently in vogue, providing your property a cutting-edge appearance with a sleek aesthetic. Our recommended pale look with matt finish is a combination of primer Pall-X 330 Pure or White, recoated with Pall-X Pure.

There is also question of oil or lacquer. Read this article to understand it a bit more or the one for an atypical explanation.

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Floorboards Sanding DIY

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Pine floorboards sanding

The beauty of the floorboards hidden under

Floorboard sanding has gained significant attention in households across the UK in recent times. Intrigued by this trend, I’ve delved into the intricacies of this transformative process.

The charm of wooden floors graces numerous residences throughout the UK. Often hidden beneath carpets or other coverings, these floors harbor untapped potential waiting to be uncovered.

When carpets are lifted, the typical appearance of a floor is as follows:

Floorboards sanding difficulties 

Uneven floorboard covered in residue.

Sanding pine floorboards presents a challenging task. These surfaces often feature adhesives, nails, screws, staples, and more. Additionally, they can be uneven and marred by various factors like woodworms, plumbers, and electricians. The initial step in floorboard sanding involves levelling the floor and streamlining subsequent sanding phases for improved results. This phase can demand significant time and material resources.

The floorboards are softwood.

As a softwood, pine necessitates a higher quantity of sanding paper compared to hardwoods like oak. Its softer nature leads to quicker paper clogging. Consequently, attaining a refined, smooth finish during the sanding and finishing stages is more challenging, resulting in a lengthier project completion timeframe.

Repairing the floorboards.

Frequently, floorboard sanding projects entail necessary repairs. The challenge lies in the fact that acquiring new pine boards would result in a noticeable disparity when compared to your century-old planks. Instead, opting for reclaimed pine timber of similar age, thickness, and width is crucial. While sources for such timber exist, their availability can be elusive, demanding a dose of patience – perhaps even some yoga or meditation :).

Repair work might encompass board replacement, hole filling, and joist building or replacement. Numerous concealed issues may remain undisclosed during the initial quote visit, often surfacing after repairs commence or heavy machinery is applied to the floor. Restoring old pine floors demands a degree of tolerance. In essence, they were never intended to serve as final flooring but rather subfloors. Even after meticulous repair work, new issues may manifest over time. It’s vital to recognize that these aren’t shortcomings of the repair process, but rather a consequence of the floor’s unknown history and what lies beneath.

Staining & finishing your floorboards

The most common finish of the pine floor is just a natural look, however, if you like it stained, I personally think that the reactive stains from Ciranova look best on pine. Have a look at the Ciranova range here-click, and scroll down to reactive stains. It can be finished with either oil or lacquer.  Although the easiest and the cheapest to work with are solvent-based stains like Morrells. You can also use an oil-based stain like Pall-X 333 range if there aren’t too many imperfections on the floor and the gaps are filled.

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Pricing floorboard sanding work

Clearly, this task isn’t a simple endeavour, making it challenging to predict every potential obstacle during the floorboard restoration process. Frequently, the floor is concealed beneath carpets, rendering the underlying condition invisible. While carpets are in place, we can provide a preliminary assessment, but please note that we won’t account for floorboard repairs at this stage.

Upon carpet removal, we can thoroughly evaluate the scope of work required and then furnish you with a more accurate quote for your wooden floor’s rejuvenation. Our preference for completing the project involves utilizing top-tier products from Pallmann to achieve a high-quality finish.

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