Hand Scraped Floors?
You might have heard the term “hand scraped floors” recently in the home remodeling circle. Though it’s recently gained more popularity, it’s a technique that has been used since the 1800’s. It’s favored by so many because it creates a hardwood floor that is truly one-of-a-kind.
An installer will use a hand scraper tool (hints the name) and will carefully scrape the top layer of the floor and then stain and seal it. The boards are scraped lengthwise down the entire board, with the thickness and deepness of the scrape varying. This gives it an authentic “aged” look since the distressing is not uniform. It is important that it is performed by a professional who is trained in the hand scraping technique and not by a general contractor or done DIY because it requires a bit of an artist’s touch. If the scraped lines are too straight, it looks artificial. If it is scraped too deep it makes using the furniture on it a nightware because everything becomes wobbly. There are many ways hand scraping can go wrong if not done correctly.
Some benefits of a hand scraped floor include the following:
- Hides scratches and nicks better than smooth finished floors because it has already been made to look distressed
- Ages the wood to look like reclaimed wood from a barn or factory without the high price tag
- Gives the floor character and charm
- Works well with Rustic, Traditional, Old World European, and many more design styles