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Hand-scraped Wooden Floors

Hand-scraped Wooden Floors

These floors are known for their antique and rustic look, that has been attained by a method of scraping, sanding, roughing, or denting. Dexterous artisans scrape these wooden floors by hand, so as to achieve their unique look.
Priya Johnson
Last Updated: Mar 9, 2018
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Also referred to as hand-sculptured hardwood flooring, this flooring type has been popular among the masses since the 1800s. It is loved for its resilient urethane finish, that imparts a traditional wooden floor appeal. Although expensive, they are worth the cost due to the elegant and extravagant look they impart to a house or establishment.

Before the modern sanding techniques came about, wooden floors were hand scraped to attain a flat and even finish. Only then were they installed at their respective locations. However, with time this hand-scraping method is used more as a fashion statement, and is installed in opulent homes and commercial establishments.

What's Special About Them?

These wooden floors are handcrafted by traditional techniques employed by expert craftsmen. The wood emanates timeless beauty in each contour of wood. Hand scraping gives the wood an older look, thereby imparting a rustic and naturally worn-out look to the wood. While some craftsmen may use denting, scooping, scraping, or roughing methods to scrape the floor, others may just sand it unevenly to achieve its rustic finish. In fact, some of the dexterous artisans are capable of creating the most reclaimed floors with splits, wormholes, and other such naturally appearing markings on the wood, giving it the most natural appeal whatsoever!

How is Hand Scraping Done?

Available in heavy, medium, and light scraping, these floors are subjected to a sanding process, which involves the use of a 38-grit disc floor sander. After this, it is subjected to a 60-grit disc sand scraper. The stained edges can be a challenge to get at. For this, use a 6-inch spinner. Once the floor has been sanded, a vacuum cleaner is used to suck out all the dust off the floor. Now comes the most important part; the scraping!

After wetting a small portion of the floor, a scraper is used to scrape the floor slowly and steadily. Scraping is always carried out against the grain, so as to achieve that desired worn-out look. Use the vacuum cleaner to suck away all the shavings. To make dents in the floor, lash the floor with a metal chain. For random scratch patterns, use a paint scraper in slicing motion. A crow bar, a buffer, etc., can also be used for attaining other patterns on the floor. Vacuum and clean the area of all dust and debris and then using a paint roller apply a coat of stain. After 12 hours apply a second coat of the same and your hand-scraped wooden flooring is ready!

Maintenance and Care

The wood may appear rustic and worn off, but in reality is new and needs to be cleaned and protected from deterioration. Maintaining it is not difficult and involves basic steps like clearing the floor of debris and other particles. Dust the floors with a mop on a regular basis. For wet cleaning, add apple cider vinegar (cleanser and disinfectant) to the water and use a rag to clean the floor. Avoid using a mop because it won't clean the floor effectively. After wet cleaning, dry the floor with a fresh rag.

Several companies are resorting to machines to achieve the traditional hand-scraped look at a cheaper cost. The machine-finished floors are called distressed hardwood floors. However, these distressed floors often show repetition of pattern and aren't unique like the hand-scraped ones.Overall, hand-scraped floors are perfect for those wishing to install a stylish and elegant flooring type.