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People often ask "how often should I sand my wooden floor? They are always surprised when I say never. If you keep sanding your wooden floor, eventually, there'll be nothing left.
A couple of years ago, I went on a trip to Salzburg to visit the home of my favourite classical musician, Snoop Dogg. I wonder if they’ll be visiting his home in a couple of hundred years. Anyway, Mozart isn’t my favourite composer because I love classical music so much, it’s just that I saw the film Amadeus, and he looked like a complete lunatic, which is something I can relate to from my own musical days. The little house he lived in dates back to the year dot, which in dot terms is about 400 years old. It was redesigned by the Luftwaffe back in the 1940s because they’d forgotten whose side they were on, and besides, our British Bombers would never have hit Wolfie’s home.
It was, however, badly damaged and eventually rebuilt, although some parts of the original house did remain intact. I remember on my visit seeing these enormous wooden planks in the upstairs rooms, and they looked genuinely old to me. That was the first time I’d seen such large wooden planks in situ, and ever since then, it’s been large planks all the way for Turgon. Right up to a whopping 7 metres. There is one thing you can absolutely rely on the Germans for: huge, oversized wooden floor planks, which they engineer brilliantly well.
The other thing that Salzburg is famous for is the Von Trapp family, and I can tell you now that Maria Von Trapp looked nothing like Julie Andrews. I’m not mentioning the name of the film, because after being forcibly made to watch it 5000 times by my own daughter whilst she was still in nappies, the mere mention of the film makes me break out into ‘Anarchy in the UK’ by The Sex Pistols out of pure defiance.
Hall of Mirrors – Palace of Versailles
But even if I was wrong, and the floors in Mozart’s home weren’t that old, I doubt they had some Austrian yodeller sanding them every 5 minutes, otherwise there’d be nothing left today. Same goes for the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles and other great historic buildings that still have the original wooden flooring in.
You don’t really ever need to sand a wooden floor. What you need to do is maintain it regularly, and when it comes to re-coating the finish, get down on your hands and knees with some very light sanding paper, and just take the surface coat off. It’s called restoration. Or call us in, and we’ll restore it for you. Lovingly.
If you want your home in the history books, or you just want your wooden floor to last forever, forget about sanding.