Advantages and drawbacks Cosmetic points to consider – Painted floors can look much more tasty, classy, colourful, bright or sophisticated than alternative and conventional floor coverings and it's simple to coordinate colors giving a feel of cohesiveness to the interior of the property. Painted floors are simple to clean – Regular upkeep only needs sweeping with a soft brush and then vacuuming or removal of the debris with a dustpan. Dirty marks are simply washed off with plain water. Dour marks may require a little washing-up detergent. Painted floors are noisier – the site footfall is noisier if shoes are worn, but what quantity of people wear shoes inside anyhow? I wouldn't counsel painting a high traffic area where shoes are worn due to noise concerns, mud and successive degradation of the paint surface. Painted floors are draughtier – the internet site relies upon the location and how tightly the boards abut one another. In a normal UK location that employs a boarded ground floor above a ventilated void (with air bricks or other vents), there'll be a serious draught factor if the boards are not interlocked (tongued and grooved) or extremely tightly abutting each other.
Painted floors don't offer the ‘cosiness ‘ of a carpeted floor – Maybe…But the cosiness can be achieved and perhaps even excelled with a well selected and nicely placed rug. The necessities of painting floorboards and stairs Select a paint made for the purpose! Flooring paint is especially manufactured for sturdiness. Remove any surface irregularities that may be felt by running fingertips over the surface. Punch down nails, countersink screws and fill holes with acceptable filler. I like a 2 part (resin and hardener) filler as it cures quickly, but I am careful not to overfill as this is filler needs some heavy sanding to flatten it. TIP : (An old plastic Visa card makes the best filling tool. ) You don't need to be overzealous in sanding a floor for painting.
It is outside of the eye line and, as such, minor defects are less vital than in other, high visibility features of the room. Hand sanding with coarse or medium sandpaper is typically sufficient. Openings between floorboards could be a puzzle and are typically best left unless the opening is wide enough to glue a wooden fillet in. It is feasible the gaps may be caulked but this is not desirable as then you've got some areas with no gap and no sign of the usually observable line of the adjoining boards elsewhere. You want to follow the manufactures directions for applying the paint. Likely they can counsel using their own primer but if you'd like to save time and money you can use a fast drying acrylic primer / undercoat (widely available in white or gray from makers like Blackfriars) which has the incontrovertible benefit of being water washer-friendly.
Most significantly apply 2 coats of floor paint and make sure the first coat dries totally before applying the second coat. Caution – Painted stairs can be very slippery and thus dangerous to stockinged (or socked) feet. The risk is alleviated by wearing soles.