Limewash is a perfect way to make white floorboards. It accentuates a timeless beauty that no other staining method can provide, giving an ashy white finish to the wood. It is unfortunate, however, that true limewash does not last as long as the stain variety. Limewash floors can be done by yourself or by professionals. If you’re looking for a way to do it yourself, here’s how you should do it.
• True limewash should never be used for any floorboards. As limewash is made up of actual mineral lime, it tends to create a chalky, powdery discharge as time goes by. If you try to seal the lime under sealants, they tend to make the surface too slippery and can cause accidents for you and your property.
• This is why it’s best to use pickling stain, which gives the similar effect to lime without the disadvantages. Mix the pickling stain as per the instructions by the manufacturer, or rather ask your retailer if they could do the mixing beforehand.
• Use a paintbrush, sponge or a rag to dip into the stain and wipe it on the flooring. When you limewash floors, you should make sure to wipe the applicator following the wood’s grain. If you are working on large surfaces, you would want to do big, long strokes and lift the applicator at the end of the stroke.
• What this does is prevent an obvious end mark to the application, helping create an even stain across the entire floor. Once you have done the application, with the floorboards again with a clean rag whilst the wash is wet, helping further to even out the surface. Continue to do wiping to the grain of the boards.
• Repeat the steps in every small area of the locale that you’re trying to paint on until the entire surface has been fully stained. Let the staining dry out – 4 to 6 hours for water-based stains and at least overnight for oil-based stains.
• To make sure that your limewash floors will not fade immediately, get a can of urethane sealer use it as if you will apply paint. Make sure to not stir it too briskly to prevent the formation of bubbles. Use fine bristled paint brush if you are working on a small area of flooring, whilst use a sealant mop to take care of wide floor areas.
By following these easy steps, rest assured that you will get the job done. But if you want to get the job done right, call Floorshow today. Or click www.floorshow.com.au for more details!