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Bleached, Stained and Oiled Jarrah - Glen Iris


Jarrah timber, with its deep reddish hues and natural beauty, is a prized choice for flooring. However, when previous contractors leave marks and mismatched products mar the floor's appearance, restoration becomes essential. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the meticulous process of sanding, bleaching, and staining jarrah timber flooring, providing an alternative to water-based polyurethane with the application of Rubio Monocoat oil.

Client Collaboration: The Importance of Samples:

Throughout the restoration process, we prioritized client collaboration. To ensure the final result met their expectations, we created multiple samples, allowing the client to visualize the effect of different staining options. This collaborative approach ensured the client had a say in achieving the perfect result.

The Challenge: Restoring Jarrah Timber Flooring with Stubborn Water Damage:

Jarrah timber is celebrated for its natural richness, but misapplied products can leave marks and diminish its elegance. In this case, the timber itself is quite red, resulting in an unwanted red tint on the floor. To complicate matters, the timber had also suffered significant water damage over the years. This added a layer of complexity to the restoration process. Despite our best efforts, the water damage had left stubborn, deeply ingrained stains that even our bleaching process couldn't completely eradicate. Faced with this challenge, we decided to pivot and go for a bold, dark finish, transforming the timber into a work of art.

The Restoration Process:

Our journey to rejuvenate the jarrah timber flooring was an exercise in precision and creativity. Here's a breakdown of the steps taken:

  1. Sanding the Timber: The process began with thorough sanding to remove the existing finish and any surface imperfections. This step served to level the floor and create a smooth canvas for the subsequent procedures.

  2. Bleaching the Timber: Given the reddish tint from the previous red stain and the stubborn water stains, bleaching was a crucial step. This process lightened the timber's color to eliminate the unwanted redness as much as possible.

  3. Staining the Floor: After careful consideration and consultation with the client, we applied a dark stain that not only hid the remaining water stains but also gave the timber a bold, rich appearance. The client's preference was to shift from the red tones to a deeper, bolder shade that accentuated the jarrah timber's dark, rich characteristics.

  4. Rubio Monocoat Application: Instead of opting for a conventional water-based polyurethane finish, we chose Rubio Monocoat oil. This choice provided a stunning, rich appearance, enhancing the jarrah timber's natural features and adding durability. Rubio Monocoat offers a range of benefits, including quicker drying times and ease of repair, making it an excellent option for floor finishing.

Conclusion: Renewed Beauty, Enriched Timber:

The restoration of jarrah timber flooring was a remarkable transformation. The jarrah timber, previously marred by unsuitable products and stubborn water damage, was now a resplendent example of natural beauty, enriched with a bold, dark tone that highlighted its unique characteristics. The application of Rubio Monocoat not only enhanced the aesthetics but also added durability and ease of maintenance.

Bleached and Stained Jarrah Timber
Bleached and Stained Jarrah Timber

In the world of timber flooring restoration, it's not just about fixing issues but also about bringing out the innate beauty of the wood. With the right approach and a client-focused process, even the most challenging projects can result in a renewed, striking, and long-lasting finish.


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