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The objective for restoring old wood floors is to accomplish it without traditional aggressive sanding and excessive loss of wood. Read more.
Developed in 1992, Passive Refinishing® does just that and relies on environmentally responsible chemicals to remove surface accumulations and get to bare wood without the loss of any wood. It has a flawless record on some of the most challenging restoration projects in the country.
The focus here is on extending the useful life of the largest antique in your old home – the original wood floors – often quite a challenge. Read more.
You need to have a good understanding of your options in order to make an informed decision. All too often a well intended, but poorly informed, homeowner makes decisions that may not be in the best interest of this critical surface. A lot is asked of this highly used, and often abused, surface and care should be taken to see that its structural integrity and handsome appearance is maintained. We bring an experienced opinion to this conversation and make sure clients have clear expectations based on realistic options.
With more than forty-five years of hands-on experience working on old wood floors, Rosebud Co. is happy to share what we’ve learned. Read more.
This is done through our collection of blogs in Lessons Learned and videos that give you a visual perspective on how to meet the challenges of owning an old floor. You won’t see advertising on this website because I don’t believe in accepting any compensation for product promotion or to bias my opinion. If I recommend a product it’s because I’ve used it and like the results.
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Repairing At-Risk Wood Floors
Traditional methods of repairing a damaged floor are well-intended but often weaken an old floor.…
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Rhodes Hall, an Atlanta Landmark
Stan Hywet Hall Restoration Project
Caserta Estate, Eastville Virginia
Steam cleaning wood floors? More like scalding them!
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Restoration Without Sanding
Restoration, Not Devastation When the challenge of restoring old historic wood floors without sanding was…
Staying Current on Stewarding Your Wood Floors
We’re entering that time of year when activities start moving indoors. Tailgate parties in your…
Founder | Owner
Old wood floors need an advocate; someone in their corner that understands this noble surface and knows it can’t be treated like all other wood floors. That’s why you’re here. Old wood floor have special needs and those should be considered when they are being restored. Due to aging and a host of other conditions, you can’t expose this wood to traditional sanding without the potential for doing more harm than good. It’s hard to call something “restoration” if the end result is a less stable and weaker surface. I started my business working on old wood floors and I’ll end it working on old wood floors. This type of work opened my eyes, my mind and got me thinking outside the box. Since I rarely worked through contractors or other third parties, I spent much more time with homeowners and this gave me a different perspective on what they wanted and what their expectations were.
That’s why the only services I’m offering these days is for restoring or preserving older wood floors. I stopped offering traditional refinishing services years ago and decided to focus entirely on restoring old floors using Passive Refinishing® or refurbishing aging finishes with Clean & Recoat. Neither of these approaches does damage to the surface and both are clean, environmentally responsible and extend the life of the floors for decades to come. I have blogs and videos here that give you a good overview of either process. I hope you enjoy your visit to my site and go away with a better understanding of how to treat the largest antique in your home. So do your homework, learn the surface and be prepared to be it’s advocate when it’s time to restore. Best wishes for your old wood floors!