Floor sanding has come along way in the past 10 years.
Old fashioned machines which unfortunately most hire shops still hire out to the public are a thing of the past for most professionals.
Please watch our video below to see our dust free floor sanding!!
Today, floor sanding can really be 98% dustfree.
The floor sanders we use are of the latest technology and our attached to a cyclonic hoover.
Bona, The company who makes these machines have revolutionised the way we can now sand floors.
Floor sanding sounds easy but sanding a floor the wrong way can have unforgiving results and can ruin a floor.
The first thing to check is If the floor is a tongue and groove engineered floor, or if it has been sanded before?
Is there enough thickness of wood to sand?
These are crucial things to check to avoid ruining the floor.
Usually sanding will only remove 2mm of wood, sanded the right way, most engineered boards will range from 4mm-8mm thick.
The process involves sanding the existing layers of lacquer or oil off by going through the different grades of sandpaper, from course to smooth.
Again, the machines we use are all the latest technology and consist of a belt sander, edging sander, corner sander and a finishing sander, not forgetting the all important cyclonic hoover.
The main protective coatings used on a floor are usually a choice between lacquer or a hardwax oil.
Lacquer is the longer lasting finish which requires less maintenance, has a good adhesion to scratch and scuff resistance and also protective against wine spillages, tea coffee etc.
Hardwax oil is easier to apply, but can get dirty easily and needs more regular maintenance.
The advantage of having an oiled floor is that it can appear more natural looking and is easier to repair.