- Knock down any protruding nails with a hammer and punch. Use a wood filler on holes, splits or dents
- Sand where necessary and give the surface a good wipe over with a damp cloth. Allow to dry thoroughly
- Depending on the condition of your floorboards, and the look you want to achieve, you may need two coats. If your floorboards are in good shape and you want a bit of the wood grain to show through, then one coat should be fine
- If there are substantial blemishes then two coats are recommended, which will make them even harder wearing. Apply by brush or mini-roller (the kind you use for getting behind radiators)
- Do not use a normal sized roller as this will cause drips in between the boards, which could be a problem if you are painting an upstairs room as the paint will work its way down onto the ceiling below
Use a medium pile mini-roller (the kind you use for getting behind a radiator) as a normal size roller is too big, which allows paint to flow down in-between the floorboards.