Commercial Floor Sanding Services in London and the South East of England
Our services and how we work
When we arrive
Each job will take at least a full day, with large areas or multiple rooms taking several days. The area to be sanded will have to be free of heavy traffic for this period. We will discuss approximate timings with you during your free consultation. All areas need to be clear of all furniture and equipment before we start. We can do this for you – and replace them when the job is finished. Please discuss this with us during your free assessment.
Why can’t I hire a floor sanding machine?
Don’t be tempted, even if you have only a small area to sand that you think will only take a few hours. Far too many of our customers are those who have damaged their floor with their enthusiastic inexperience - and then ask us to repair the damage. It saddens us to see a potentially beautiful floor need remedial work. So call on us first. We’ve been sanding floors for twenty years and know what we’re doing. And don’t forget that our expertise goes beyond the physical task of sanding. Wooden floor products come in a bewildering choice - whether natural or synthetic. We know which are best for your particular flooring needs.
Over time and even with careful use, hardwood floors can develop splits or cracks in the wood, gaps between the boards, buckling, dents, warps and scratches. Left unrepaired, these can decrease the value of your property and cause more significant longer-term problems. We examine the floor, to fix all loose boards, hammer all nails below the surface level and bond any damaged boards. Those with serious damage are replaced with boards of a similar age and quality.
The floorboards in modern heated buildings tend to shrink and thus create gaps. Filling these is not a necessity in the restoration process - it’s a matter of personal taste. Many of our customers prefer to see the even look of a gap-filled floor. Once filled, the floor has the benefits of draught-proofing and a reduced build-up of dirt. There are two main methods:
Resin: the most common form of gap filling, mostly used on parquet, mosaic and some floorboards with lots of fine gaps. Fine dust from the floor is mixed with a resin and applied to the gaps with a filling knife.
Solid fillet strips: strips of reclaimed pine and other timbers are glued, forced into the gaps, and chiselled back before sanding flat. This more comprehensive method fills large gaps - and allows the strips to move with the timber.
Wooden Floor Staining
Stains are used to alter the colour of wood. They can give you a floor that looks completely different quickly and at an affordable price. This is useful for dull or decolourised floors, or when you need the floor to better match your home interior. Unlike paint, stains work to enhance the wood grain rather than hide it. The appearance of the wood grain depends on the opacity of the stain and the number of applications. As well as the traditional spirit-based wood stains, we also use oil-based (alkyl) and the modern odour-free water-based pigments. The latter come in a wide range of colours from traditional wood colours to contemporary pigmenting. Mixing different colours provides an even wider variety. We always attempt to crate the exact match for an existing floor colour. Our current record is mixing 75 different pigments for the ancient floor in a castle!
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The final crucial stage is to seal the bare wooden surface.
Lacquered finish outperforms all others on durability, look and ease of maintenance. That high gloss ‘plastic’ look is a thing of the past. Modern lacquers have a silky appearance which resembles organic finishes such as oil and wax. It also creates a chemical bond with the wood which is very hard-wearing and stain resistant. Lacquers range from flat Matt to high gloss. As a water-based product, our lacquer is very safe to use in all commercial settings. It has inherent anti-bacterial properties which kill bacteria on touch. Lacquers dry quickly and bring out the natural colour of the wood - thus minimising the need for staining.
Hard Wax Oil
This organic product is based on natural vegetable oils and waxes. Like natural oil, it emphasises the natural grain and brings out the inherent colour in the timber. Osmo hard wax oil is a popular choice, with its good balance between natural oil and lacquer - offering all the benefits of a natural look and feel combined with improved durability. It is micro-porous and does not crack, flake, peel or blister. As it has more resilience to drying out than natural oil, it is suitable for areas of high humidity. The floor surface is easily maintained by applying more coats or a thinned down ‘revive coat’.
Oil is an organic finish that comes in satin or Matt sheens. It gives a highly natural look to a floor that is easy to maintain. It repels water and is resistant to scuffs and abrasions - although less durable than lacquer. Natural oil can dry out in humid conditions but extra coats easily top-up the finish and restore minor damage. In very busy areas, the need for a new application every 3-6 months will require the removal of furniture
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A stripped, natural wooden staircase can quickly become the star centrepiece of your premises. Stairs tend to be the most neglected area of flooring as they are often covered by carpeting or layers of paint for generations on end. The entire tread and risers are stripped, sanded and coated to be left exposed. You can choose clear natural or stained finish. An alternative – and very striking - option is to have the riser finished in white paint and the tread left in clear or stained sealer. We usually only treat these parts of the stairs and don't tackle banisters.
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