Getting ready for floor sanding
Sanding requires some preparations intended both to achieve the maximum effect of the service and protect the room during the work process. These preparations include:
- preparation of the room – removal of furniture, curtains, cupboards, wardrobes, chairs, tables, etc. There should not be anything else in the room. This can be done by the owner, tenant or an employee if it is a commercial area.
- preparation of the floor – before we proceed with the work all carpets, rugs, mats to protect cables should be removed from the floor.
- removal of a concrete slab from a fireplace and boards that are consistent with the existing floor
- gap filling, fastening
Floor sanding - Once a room is ready to start the work, we make a detailed view of all boards, elements, floor assemblies, etc. It takes some time, but this is a crucial time before the start of work.
Note that any relevant moving of items will be paid as extra work.
Old flooring removal
In many cases, it is necessary to remove parts or entirely the old flooring. It may include rotten floorboards, damaged skirtings, nails, and others.
This removal is dedicated to achieving the best results after the flooring. Sometimes, we may replace some parts. We need to remove most of the floor (which can not be sanded) in other situations.
Very often, the subfloor level has an awful condition. This may be caused by flooding, problems with pipes, dirt, or the subfloor materials. It's something familiar when we have to sand a floor without any maintenance in the past several years.
Usually, the subfloor preparation includes repairs, laying sound insulation, replacements, levelling, or others.
Nailing and nails removal
It's a necessary service when the existing floor is installed with nail-down methodology. In many properties, the nails have to be replaced with new ones.
To make a successful sanding, it's a must to fix any problem with nails.
THE SANDING PROCESS
When we're ready to start the sanding process, we're aware of how many times we have to sand the upper surface. Usually, it happens with three to five different types of sandpapers.
In some cases, the sanding may be partial, but the best practice is to make a full floor sanding because we'll make a complete restoration.
Depending on the floor condition, we can make light sanding, which is a smooth floor repair process.
Floor Gap filling
Whatever is the service, in most cases, we make professional gap filling with adhesive (and resin, if required). That's an important part before we seal the upper surface.
Gap filling is a process to seal every gap between the floorboards. This way, we take care of the entire floor, keeping the floorboards in good condition for a very long time.
Staining after sanding
Once the gap filling is ready, the next service is staining with a specific colour. It can be a dark or light colour, or we can skip this step depending on the customer requirements.
The staining is an essential part when we have to achieve the original wood colour, or to make a decoration.
Finishing after sanding
Floor finishing is the post-sanding service that applies the final level of the flooring. It is required to make the floor more durable and to protect the upper surface from new damages (like scratches, water, fire, etc.)
The most common methods for finishing are oiling, lacquer, waxing, but we can any type of finishing for our clients.
Sometimes, depending on the finishing, we're making a polishing with a buffing machine or other machinery. Its purpose is to make the floor sparkling and shining.
It always depends on what's the desired effect after sanding and how the customers want to enjoy the light in the premise.
Many customers prefer to make seasonal maintenance of the flooring to keep it in perfect condition. Usually, we do maintenance for new floors with refinishing, but many times it's just good to keep the floor in perfect condition.
The maintenance methods vary depending on the floor type. We have different methods for hardwood, pine, oak, bamboo, or even engineered wood floorboards.
If you're not sure which service to use, it's always better to give us a call and discuss your needs. We consult you for free, which can be the best practice for your needs.
If you're wondering how to proceed, please call us and ask for a piece of advice.