Update your interior timber floors

Post by: Grace

Has your home recently gone through an amazing DIY transformation?. Hopefully you have found time to add another coat to your deck before winter, added a veggie patch to the backyard and planted some winter friendly veggies. March and April were perfect weather to complete these projects, however, moving closer into the cooler months it’s time to move indoors and investigate projects to complete inside.

An area of the home that can sometimes be overlooked but overused is your timber floor. It can be a daunting task even thinking about updating or changing the style of your floor. Timber floors bring a unique style to a home, they are durable, can be updated/transformed quite easily, plus maintenance and up-keep can be completed with just a mop.

There are many ways you can update your timber floors and Cabot’s can offer you a wide selection of flooring products to help you no matter the project.

Note: this advice is for updating timber floors that are already coated. If you have a new timber floor please follow the label instructions for proper preparation and application steps.


Picking the right product

There are two options for updating your current timber floors. You can repair and re-coat your scratched timber floors or refresh without recoating. This blog will tackle the process of repairing and recoating.


Repair and recoat your scratched timber floors
Your timber floors may be looking a bit worse for wear from everyday life. To refresh excessively scratched floors, we recommend a maintenance coat. Cabot’s CFP Floor is available in both water based and oil based formulations and will provide durable protection while enhancing the natural look of timber as well as showing off the unique timber grain.

CFP Floor Water Based will maintain the natural colour of the timber and will not yellow over time. The water based formula offers fast recoat time, is low odour and guess what… no sanding is required on pre-coated flooring.

CFP Floor Oil Based Whilst taking a little bit longer to dry, the oil based formula offers a beautiful clarity of colour. It adds warmth to the timber, which means that a wider variety of colours will be highlighted in the timber, bringing blushes of pink and gold to the surface, while adding depth to the darker timber features.

How to do it!


It depends on what is currently on your floor and the state of the coating. We recommend sticking to the technology you have already been using. If you already have a water based coating on your floor, stick with water based coatings.

If currently coated with CFP Floor Water Based, you do not have to sand before recoating.

We recommend giving the floor a thorough clean using Cabot’s Floor Clean to remove any dirt, wax or oil.

  1. Let it dry and conduct an adhesion test to make sure the current coating is still in good condition
  2. Find a small inconspicuous test area and apply one coat. Allow to dry for 3 hours. Press sticky tape firmly to the surface and pull off quickly.
  3. If the coating stays intact to the floor, you are ready for coating!
  4. If the coating comes off, sand the entire area back to bare timber.


If your timber flooring currently has an oil based coating, sanding is required.

  1. Thoroughly clean the surface with Cabot's Floor Clean following label instructions and allow to dry.
  2. Sand with 180 - 240 grit sandpaper and remove all traces of sanding dust.
  3. Conduct an adhesion test; find a small inconspicuous test area and apply one coat. Allow to dry for 12 hours. Press sticky tape firmly to the surface and pull off quickly.
  4. If the coating stays intact to the floor, sand the entire area with 180 - 240 grit paper for good adhesion, remove dust, then follow application instructions.

If the coatings comes off, sand the entire area back to bare timber.



Note: Do not shake can.

  1. Stir thoroughly with a broad flat paddle before and during use.
  2. Apply product with a pad applicator, good quality brush or 6 - 10mm nap roller.
  3. Use a brush to cut in. Apply 2 coats working along the length of the boards. Sand between coats with 240 grit paper.


After more help or want to watch a demo? Watch our How to Video on How to Recoat a timber floor.



We recommend to regularly clean with Cabot’s Floor Clean. Cabot’s Floor Clean will clean your timber floors of everyday mess from foot traffic, spilt food and drink and, of course, pets.




Common questions

What about interior laminate flooring?

Cabot’s Laminate Floor Restore is the perfect product for rejuvenating and protecting your laminate flooring from every day wear and tear. The simple mop-on solution will bring the shine back to tired looking floors.


What about my new timber floor?

Preparing new timber floors requires a different process and further preparation. For information on preparing and coating new timber, follow the back of pack instructions on your product of choice.


Transform/change the look of the timber

You may be feeling adventurous and want to completely change the look of your timber. This can be a great way to update the style of your home. To stain the timber a different colour you will need to completely sand back your floors (if previously coated) and apply Cabot’s Stain and Varnish of your chosen colour and then top coat with CFP Floor. Information on this project can be found on the back of pack of Cabot’s CFP Floor.


What if I don’t want to complete the project myself?

Don’t want to do it yourself? Put your feet up and have the professionals come in. If you’re in Melbourne, Enviropro Floors Service will come to your home and take all the stress out of the job. Book a free quote today.