The sanding process starts with giving your floor a good clean and then taking out any tacks, staples, carpet grippers or unwanted screws and nails. Boards and floors are carefully inspected during our initial survey and it is at this stage that any damaged sections are repaired.
The large belt sander, which is 97% dust free, is then used. The appropriate coarse sanding grit is initially used to level and clean the floor, after which progressively finer grits are used in order to make your floor as smooth as possible. Before our final sanding grit we fill any larger cracks, holes and end boards using a solvent based filler, which is mixed with the sawdust of your floor in order to keep the colour uniform.
It is possible for us to get into awkward corners and around radiator pipes using specialist sanding machinery such as the Fein sander and the mini edge sander
Once the floor has been finished with the large Belt Sander, Fein and Edge we cover the whole floor area using a Festool orbital sander
The Festool blends in any marks and deals with any areas of coarseness that may still be on the floor. In the unlikely event that you do not like the colour of the sanded wood, it is at this stage that the floor can be stained. Although it is very hard to get exact matches to existing flooring, we can provide stain samples in an effort to find a product that is a close match.
The sealing process now starts and the floor is primed using a top quality lacquer. Once the primer coat has dried we then buff the floor using a buffer machine which buffs off any nibs in the wood that have been raised during priming. There is then a final vacuuming session before the final coats of top quality lacquer are applied.
Oiling a floor is an alternative to lacquering floors and is especially good for hard wood floors. Thick coats of oil are applied, until saturation has been achieved, using the buffing machine.
When floor paint is required, the floor is sanded as normal and the the knots are covered with a special product which stops the oils leaking out and discolouring the paint. The whole floor is then painted with the correct shade of primer, upon which two coats of the chosen shade of floor paint are applied.
When floor lye is required, the floor is sanded as normal and then the lye is applied. Lye is a strong alkali which bleaches the top few millimetres of the timber by removing the tannins. If necessary, the floor is then buffed and then either oil or lacquer can be applied. Floor lye can be quite fragile and so is not recommended for high traffic areas.
Revive Floor Sanding Company Limited providing professional wooden floor restoration services in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas of East Anglia.