Pickled Floor Refinishing

Pickled floor refinishing without sanding can turn out beautiful with the Worn Wood Magic method – read on to find out why:

When you talk about pickled floors, first of all you have to determine what is a pickled floor. In its bare essence, a “pickled” floor is one that is white in its stain tone. There are different methods as to how all the floor gets to be white, and we’ll go into that very quickly before getting into the refinishing of the pickled floor.pickled floor refinishing

The traditional way to create a pickled floor is to sand the floor and then bleach the floor in some manner. Then a white stain is applied, and then a hard finish is put over the stain. There are some processes on some types of floors where the bleaching step is skipped.

pickled floor refinishing kitchen after WornWoodMagic
pickled floor refinishing kitchen after WornWoodMagic

In any case, what you end up with is a white wood floor – various shades of white, of course.

These white, pickled floors can be quite beautiful:

They really brighten up the room and if done correctly the wood grain still shows through the stain. Pickled floors  used to be much more common than they are today. It seems that they were part of a “modern” sort of look that was in vogue for a while, and when people found that they had no clue as to how to maintain their pickled floors then eventually almost all the floors got converted to normal darker-stain colored wood floors.
Here’s the good news: white, pickled floors can be refinished without sanding and can look beautiful!

The problem right off the bat with white wood floors is that when they get a scratch, then the scratch is very dark or even black looking. It only takes one scratch to mar the effect of a beautiful white wood floor, and many pickled floors get worn and have this black-and-white look that is not pretty at all.

It’s almost counterintuitive to think that a white wood floor can be refinished without sanding and look great, but here’s why:

The white pickled effect relies on heavy staining of the wood, and part of what we do here at Worn Wood Magic is create custom stain colors to match worn areas to non-worn areas, so we create custom custom pickled flooring stains to match the existing wood and make the colors blend in and turn out very nicely.

As part of this process, quite often we bleach the worn areas on the pickled floor so that they it are as white as possible before we create our custom stain color.
So between the custom stain color in the bleaching, we achieve a very nice blend
for your white pickled wood floors.

There is one thing about pickled floors that, despite their beauty, can be a problem, and that is with all the heavy stain that is applied as part of the pickling process, white wooden floors are not as hard in their finish as regular finished wood floors. Stain, by definition is not a hard substance and when so much stain is applied to a wooden surface that it makes it white, then more often than not it is not going to be very hard.

So for this reason pickled floors need to be refinished and or re-stained more often than normal floors.

There’s one more part of this process that is crucial also, and that is to use high-quality non-yellowing water-based polyurethanes. We always use Bona Swedish water-based polyurethanes for our wood floor work, and they make the floors look great!

So if you are needed some pickled floor refinishing, we at Worn Wood Magic can certainly take care of that for you-between the custom stain colors and the Swedish finish you will have a beautiful white pickled wood floor again!