What is wood floor sanding?
The essence of floor sanding work is removing the top layer with all the dirt, grime and small damages, so that a fresh layer of wood is revealed underneath. However, the whole process is a lot more and is usually done in several stages.
Wood Floor repairing
Before the actual sanding takes place, the floor needs to be inspected and any loose or damaged floorboards made good – re-fix loose boards with headless nails and replace broken ones. Depending on the particular situation we may use reclaimed timber that matches the colour of your floor in order to fix it.
Floor Gap filling
The next procedure although not a must, but most people opt to have this done, as it gives equal finish to the floor. The other benefits of the gap filling is that it insulates the floor and prevents dirt build-up between boards. The floor gaps appear either due to the age of the wood floor or based on the usage. However small gaps (up to 5mm) are usually filled with a mixture of resin and dust from the initial sanding. Although the most cost-effective method, this is also the shortest to last, since, once the mixture dries, the resin shirks with time and either falls below the boards, or you vacuum it out. Depending on the floor gap our team may use proper silicone to too. Our wood floor sanders are trained to choose the most suitable method for filling and fixing the gaps.
The more expensive, but also the longer lasting method is to seal with timber fillets that are cut to size and glued into position. As fillets move with the boards during seasonal expansion of the wood, this repairing method can have your floor filling last for decades.
Wood floor sanding
This is the main procedure which done in couple stages – a coarse grade sand paper is used to strip away old sealant and paint, then a finer grade sanding papers, to give the floor a smooth and even finish and prepare the floor for sealing. We use professional floor sander machinery and equipment, thus the sanding is nearly dust-free. Which compared to the old belt driven sanders is a great plus for the homeowners.
The following procedure is optional and its based entirely of you. What is floor staining? The floor staining can give your floor the desired looks – whether all-natural or a colour that matches your room’s décor. You can choose from large portfolio of colours for your floor. If you deside to skip the staining, then the floor will remain with the natural colour of the wood – which is great too! Please note that there is nothing to worry when choosing to go with staining, as the Stains are now produced environmental-friendly and completely safe for you, your family and pets.
Floor Sealing and Varnish
Whether you chose to stain the floor or not, it will require finishing with a protective sealant. This also comes in different choices – varnish or oil.
Varnish (laquer) is usually applied on heavily used floors, as it is a durable sealant. However, since modern varnish is made of polyurethane (which is, basically, liquid plastic). Based on the floor traffic the laquer may eventually crack or peel our team is doing their best to prevent that.
The floor oil is manufactured from natural materials. Unlike the varnish, which is applied ON the wood, oil penetrates into the timber and doesn’t crack/peel. It is easy to maintain and can be re-applied when needed, without having to sand the floor anew.
Note that wood sanding is also applicable for wooden counter tops.
If your wooden floor has started to look old and dull you may need floor sanding service. Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to offer you our professional sanding services. Our teams are very friendly, highly trained and very professional. We keep the cost of sanding wooden floor to a minimum. Our wood floor sanding services are near you. We cover the whole great area of London, Portsmouth and Guildford. We are available 24/7 online for you.