Whitewashed wood floor – how to achieve a Scandinavian look?
There is a certain charm to whitewashed Scandinavian wood floors that have been capturing the hearts of homeowners for centuries. While the look is timeless, achieving it can be a little tricky. In this blog post, we will discuss the difference between the traditional Scandinavian whitewash technique and more modern methods. We will also talk about how to maintain your wood floor once you have achieved the desired look, and whether soap or sealant is the best option.
What is the Scandinavian look?
If you are considering whitewashing your wood floor, it is important to understand the difference between the traditional Scandinavian method and more modern techniques. The original approach uses a mixture of lime and water, which is applied to the floor with a brush. This method is not as durable as more modern approaches, and it will require more frequent maintenance. Do expect to re-soap your floors every 2 weeks.
Modern approach for white wash effect
Nowadays, there are many different products on the market that can be used to whitewash your wood floor. Pallmann offers a wide range of high-quality sealants that can be used to achieve the desired look. When choosing a product, it is important to consider how often you will need to refresh your floor. For example, if you have a busy household, you may need to re-oil your floor more often than if you live alone.
How to protect your whitewashed wood floor – Oil or Lacquer?
My personal opinion and the best advice to keep a whitewashed wood floor is to lock white pigment under 2 coats of 2k lacquer with additional white pigment built-in. Maintaining the white finish with this option is so much easier. You could decide on 2k white or pure oil which should be all right for light traffic areas like bedrooms.
Once you have chosen the right product for your needs, it is important to follow the instructions carefully. After the full sanding process of your floor, applying too much sealant or soap can damage your wood floor, so it is important to apply the product evenly and in thin layers. Once you have achieved the desired look, it is important to maintain your wood floor properly. Regular sweeping and mopping will help to remove dirt and debris, and Pallmann offers a wide range of cleaning products specifically designed for use on sealed floors.
So, there you have it! Whitewashing your wood floor is a great way to achieve the sought-after Scandinavian look. With a little bit of planning and the right products, you can achieve a beautiful finish that will last for years to come. Thanks for reading!
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