When it comes to painting floor coverings, there are a few common factors regardless of the type of flooring that you are painting. However, there are some slight differences when it comes to what paint to use, so it is worth making sure you are using the right tools for the job.
1 - Clean it
Before you carry out any painting job, you need to make sure that the floor is clean. Otherwise you are just trapping the dirty between layers. Most floors will come clean with a simple mixture of water and detergent.
2 - Sand it
There are two purposes for sanding the flooring before you paint it. First, if the floor has a varnish on it then it will remove the varnish so that paint will stick better to the flooring. Second, sanding will give an evening finish to the flooring and help the paint stay in place for longer.
3 - Prime it
The primer has similar properties to the sanding process as it creates an even surface and will make the paint last longer. It is not a matter of doing one or the other; you need to do both on most types of flooring.
4 - Paint it
This is the step that can change from surface to surface. Water based paint is more environmentally friendly than an oil-based paint and is suitable for wooden flooring. However, water-based paint is likely to peel away from tiling, therefore you should use an oil based paint on this type of floor coverings and be sure the area is well ventilated while you work.