Restoration of 115 yr old Parquet Floor
James Mabbett Floor Sanding & Restoration
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We have recently completed the restoration of a 115 year old Pitch Pine Parquet Floor. The floor was found under the carpet of an apartment in Stott Park Mansion on Lake Windermere Cumbria. The building dates back 300 years and formed an estate which included Stott Park Bobbin Mill.
On first inspection of the floor we soon discovered that all the Parquet Blocks were loose, as you walked across the floor you could hear them knocking. So we soon realized that the entire floor would need to be lifted and each block cleaned, so free of all the old bitumen that over the years had gone off.
Our First job was to start lifting each block and cleaning it ready to be stuck down again, we had to make sure the blocks were kept in order as not every block was the same size.
After all the blocks had been cleaned and stuck back down again using cold tar,which is a traditional dipping grade bitumen/rubber adhesive , every block was fixed firmly and it was now time to start sanding. We started sanding with a 16 grade sand paper which takes off all the old lacquer and dirt, then we moved on to 36 grade and 50 grade which roughs the floor and smooths any uneven areas, then we used an 80 grade sand paper which sands it smooth and for the final sand we used a 120 grade sandpaper which polishes the sanded floor and gives it an ultra smooth finish.
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After the process of floor sanding was complete, we then gave the floor 3 coats of water based polyurethane seal. This gives the floor a scuff resistant barrier with excellent durability.
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