Our stage by stage guide on renovating your floor
To ensure that a superb finish is achieved, preparation is incredibly important.
Your role in this is very important also, as we insist that all large objects
such as furniture and other items that will cause an obstruction are removed
before we start. When confirming with us that the work is to be carried
out, you should also make sure that the room/s being sanded will not be
needed for the duration of our visit and the time it takes for the sealant
Depending on the state of your floor, our aim is to remove the things that
shouldn’t be there such as gripper rods, staples and to make good protruding
nails and loose wires. At this stage all ‘minor’ and ‘major’ repairs will
be carried out in accordance with the estimate provided at the time of
our visit. Any unforeseen repairs that were not included in the estimate
should be agreed upon at this time, and where necessary additional costs
may be incurred.
We are now ready to start sanding. Depending on the condition of your floor we will utilize different ‘grades’ of sanding disc to sand back the worn, dirty part of your floor to reveal the clean wood lying beneath the existing surface. For the main part we will use the Lägler Hummel sanding machine which will glide effortlessly across your floor. The Hummel also has an efficient, self contained vacuum that draws the fine dust up from the floor into the bag, keeping your home and our working environment 99% free of dust. We will use a selection of smaller machines to sand up to the edges of the skirting boards, around door frames and other hard to reach areas, such as under radiators and stairs. Now that the floor has been sanded a small amount of residual dust and grit will be removed by thoroughly vacuuming the whole area prior to the final stage.
Now that your floor has been sanded you will be amazed at how good it looks.
The floor is now in an untreated state, and will absorb all manner of dirt
deep into the grain if it is not treated. This is why it is imperative
to apply the sealant. The first layer of sealant creates a barrier that
effectively locks in the newly sanded floor and provides a key for the
subsequent layer to be applied to. The first layer is partially absorbed
into the porous grain of the wood and will be ready for the second layer
to be applied within thirty minutes. In some cases the first layer will
bring up the so called ‘nap’ of the wood and will need to be lightly sanded
prior to the second coat being applied to ensure that you are left with
a smooth finish. The final layer will be applied in the same manner as
the first, and will provide a hard wearing finish. The floor will be ready
to walk on within 2-3 hours, however we would advise that heavy furniture
should only be installed after at least 6 hours.
Maintaining the floor is simple. We advise that you use a damp cloth with
warm water, and refrain from using a mop which might expose the floor to
too much water that could damage it. You can use bleach and other such
products as long as they are diluted. Wipe dry for best results, and for
reasons of safety do not use polish as this will create a slippery and
potentially dangerous finish.