Wood Floor Restoration is essentially a straightforward process, but is one that requires skilled operators and specialist tools for the perfect result.
Sanding is the initial phase of the process and is effective on all kinds of solid wood floors: hardwood (oak, beech or walnut) or softwood (pine, yew or Douglas fir). It also works well on engineered floors (those with a layer of hardwood over ply); strip floors; herringbone; parquet blocks; mosaic and even cork.
The first stage is to remove the old layers of sealant – oil, wax, lacquer or varnish (often referred to as ‘black edging’ on floors where varnish was applied to the area around a central rug / carpet) – from the floor until it is back to bare wood.
As well as the main sander an edging sander and if required manual processes are then used to ensure an even surface over the whole floor before any new finish is applied.
Damaged boards will be repaired – or replaced with those of similar quality and age.
Gaps between boards may also be required to be filled depending on floor location and gapping extent, this is done using various methods and in agreement with client requirements.
After sanding, a floor is ready for finishing to an agreed level of sheen, colour if desired and a sealant to reflect floors wear pattern and use.