Wood- popular, elegant and stylish. Years ago, for property owners who wanted to install a wood floor, you had to settle between two options: Maple flooring or Oak flooring. Now, from solid to engineered, the wood floors come in many different finishes and colours, perfect for nearly any style imaginable. And they go anywhere- living areas, bedrooms, kitchens, dens, recreational areas, cafeterias, classrooms and offices. The numerous species, whether Tigerwood, Mahogany, Cherry, Timborana, all through to Chestnut and even Pine, all come with their unique grain patterns. You get to set up the tone you want for your establishment, from a bright look and feel, to a luxurious rustic ambience. When it comes to aesthetics, wood doesn’t disappoint. This has increased the property value of the establishments in which it’s installed. Buyers and tenants are demanding for it, landlords and property managers are raking more from it. It’s a worthy investment, which gives you lucrative returns in both residential and commercial property markets. However, it’s not just the appeal that is a huge selling point. Cleaning wood is also easy. From the accidents at the breakfast table as you prepare to rush out for work, to homes with kids and pets, and even high traffic establishments where dirt is tracked onto the property, wood flooring is a breeze to clean. It also doesn’t hoard grime, like coverings such as carpets. With its non-electromagnetic nature, it won’t be attracting particles like dust and pet dander, while those that inevitably wind up on it as a result of gravity can be easily swept or damp mopped off. This is also good news for persons suffering from respiratory distresses caused by allergies. Pet hair, dust, pollen and other allergens aren’t trapped by the surface, thus enhancing the quality of the indoor air.
Moreover, the wood is a renewable resource. It’s natural to think that it contributes to deforestation, what with the number of trees that will need to go down for each building to get an installation. However, the opposite actually happens. It’s a lucrative industry. With the high demand for the flooring, the profits from the business encourage the perpetuation of forests. Furthermore, most of the popular exotic woods are sourced from sustainable forests. Hence, more trees are grown than are cut. On top of this, the wood is a carbon neutral product, further enabling you to take up your role in cutting down the amounts if greenhouse gases getting churned into the atmosphere with each passing day. The production of the floor boards themselves is even cleaner for Mother Nature compared to alternatives like cement and brick. The wood flooring additionally increases the warmth of the interior space, both aesthetically and literally. Its insulating properties, a result of the cellular structure, enable it to retain heat, cutting down on the amount of energy you need running your HVAC units and underground heating for your establishment. Wood is also durable. It can withstand traffic for years, and since it’s not going to go out of style any time soon, adds a timeless appeal to the establishment. In fact, there are properties in which it has lasted for over a century. It doesn’t wear as fast as other material like tiles. They key is proper maintenance. This includes refinishing the floor when the coats of protection that had been previously applied on it wear down. The hardwood floors can be refinished up to even 7 times before they need to be replaced, which extends their lifespan. To get rid of the old and prepare the surface to receive the new, call in the floor sanding Dublin specialists.
Factors Causing The Wear And Tear Of Your Floor
So why does your wood floor lose its beauty over time? This is caused by a combination of a wide range of factors including:
Dirt is the leading cause of damage to your floor. It ranges from particles like asphalt, sand, and grit tracked into the building, to those smudges of food dropped as people were snacking, and even the pet dander. Those fine and coarse particles winding up on the surface don’t just make the place look unkempt. When they are grinded against the surface under people’s feet, they are a direct threat to the finish, wearing it down. It’s like sandpaper. The abrasive action is caused by friction. If your establishment has a higher number of people accessing it, then the rate at which the flooring gets damaged increases.
The floor finish comes under strain from the persons walking on it. Their weight, exerted through the shoes they wear, adds pressure to the surface. High-heels are notorious for the amount of force they apply on a small area of surface with each step. It goes into multiple times the persons own weight, increasing the chances of pock marks being left on the floor. Then there are those other kinds of footwear such as spiked shoes, that can cause scratches, and the rubber soled ones that leave behind marks. Gradually, the effect on your floor becomes more prominent, necessitating the floor sanding Dublin services.
· Heavy items
Sofa sets, dressers, all through to the refrigerator and the freezer can all cause damage to the floor, especially when improperly handled during the move. Failing to lift and carry, instead dragging them across the surface, can cause anything from minor scratches to all out gorges being dug into the surface. Even that dinner chair being sat on and getting slid back when a person wants to get up can leave behind marks on the floor. There are those cases when the furniture has padding, and one pushes it fast, causing the padding to come off, creating the problems that were being avoided in the first place. Even moving the furniture and appliances before cleaning the floor can cause damage. Those dirt and grit particles trapped and dragged under the items will leave scuff marks. Having wheels doesn’t mean that your floor won’t get scratched or dented. They can get stuck in a sideways position, which will make them scrape the floor instead of rolling on it. Even dollies with hard rubber wheels can be a nightmare for your flooring.
Food and drink spills on the floor can lead to a stains forming on the surface. This is especially when too much time is allowed before they are cleaned up. From the mustard spills in the kitchen, splatters as you were preparing dishes, juice and yoghurt spills in the reception area of your business premises as clients were waiting to access your products and services, those frequent wine spills during particles at home or celebrations at your office, all through the to the occasional coffee and tea spills during breakfast at home or the coffee breaks at work- the spots formed ruin the surface. When cleaned up, the floor’s beauty will be restored. However, over time, the numerous spills will cause the finish to dull and it will eventually need to be replaced. There are also those cases when the stains set into the surface, causing patches to pop up all over the premises. These blemishes ruin the flow of colours in the interior space, and are pure eyesore. The floor sanding Dublin services will enable you to get rid of them and revitalise your floor.
· Solar radiation
The sun shining on your wood floor is a threat to it. It leads to colour deterioration, due to overexposure to the ultra violet (UV) light and the infrared (IR) light. The UV rays have the most impact, causing bleaching or darkening depending on the type of flooring. For instance, the Brazilian Cherry will darken fast, while Maple will bleach out at a slower rate. It’s just like how direct exposure to the sun affects people in different ways, some getting darker and tanning, while others will get sunburnt. Ultimately, overexposure to the radiation will lead to all kinds of skin ailments. The type of finish that has been applied on the floor also determines the result of the sun’s effects. For instance, the UV rays combined with IR radiation causes the finishing to turn yellowish.
· Mats and rugs
Yes, they are essential to reducing the amount of dirt tracked into the building, and also for keeping spills from reaching the wood floor. However, going for the wrong floor coverings will actually damage the finish. They can end up staining your wood floor. The main problem is caused by the adhesives they are coated with. They are meant to enhance grip, but can contain a combination of toxic chemicals that react with those in the floor finish. For instance, phthalates in numerous plastic rug pads are dissolving agents, which is not what you want on your finished flooring. Then there are those with adhesives designed to shore up their non-slip grip. However, instead of gripping the surface, they end up actually sticking to it. There are also those products that use clay fillers in place of natural rubber, to lower manufacturing costs and provide cheaper rug pads. Unfortunately, this causes premature shedding and powered formation, especially when used in high traffic establishments.
· Human error
Plenty of mistakes can be made during the regular floor maintenance, which damage the finish. For instance, when you’re cleaning the floor you can have used harsh chemicals such as ammonia and vinegar on the surface. Even all-purpose cleaners and dish washing detergents that are suitable and convenient for other surfaces around the establishment will damage the wood. In addition, mistakes made during the DIY finishing process can lead to the coats that have been applied not yielding the desired results. There may have been poor wetting of the finish, it can have been applied under cold temperatures, or even the coats may have been rapidly spread on each other, without allowing for sufficient drying time. One could have applied a heavier coat than is recommended, or used thinners which caused the finish to dry too quickly. It can even be a case of the finish getting contaminated, mixing it with the wrong chemicals, or even dirt and other particles getting trapped in it. Consequently, the finish begins pulling away from itself, forming ridges like those on an alligator’s skin- in fact, the problem is usually referred to as “alligatoring”. Using an applicator tool that is dirty or has hardened spots, not applying the coat evenly, applying the lacquers and top coats without stirring properly, or even using an improper spread rate, where too much or too little finish is applied, can lead to streaks forming on the surface. You don’t have to endure living or working in a flooring that does not meet your taste and is unsightly to even look at. Get floor sanding Dublin services to fix the problem, and enable you to get back to the bare wood to apply a new, proper finish.
How DIY Floor Sanding Puts Your Investment At Risk
With the YouTube craze and quick tutorials on how to get things done by yourself, people all over are taking up projects around the home to get that extra skill and cut on costs. It’s commendable too, seeing that one gets to have a sense of satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment. However, a DIY floor sanding job is really more trouble than it’s worth. You get exposed to various troubles and risks including:
· Damage to equipment
You rent it, it’s in your care. Any damage to the sanding equipment is your responsibility- and plenty of things can go wrong. A simple oversight like forgetting to countersink nails that are showing themselves on the surface can destroy the sanding belt passing over it. On top of the huge expenses of renting the machinery, you’ll have the additional burden or arranging for repairs and shouldering the price. It’s not like the equipment is easy to get in the first place in any case. You have to dig through loads of information to be able to get the specific sanders you need for your floor project. On top of that, you need to find out the store where you can rent it from-and they are in limited number- and have to wait for when it is next available for you to be able to acquire it. This puts your plans into disarray- and it’s just the first step in the floor restoration journey.
· Ruining your wood floor
The last thing you want is for your floor restoration project to end in shambles, with you being made to make expensive repairs. But without the necessary skills and powerful machines to get the job done fast and right, there is plenty of room or mistakes. For instance, you can acquire poorly maintained sanders, which will leave chatter and drum marks all over the surface of your floor. The scratches, streaks, and wave-like features forming on the surface will make the floor uneven, affecting not only the latter coats that will be applied, but also normal activities like walking on the surface, or even you’re cleaning efforts. Those dents and ridges on the floorboards will form collection sites for dirt, hoarding it and making it difficult to remove. Even before that happens, while you are still applying the finish coats, they will collect more of the product, causing uneven colouration and blotches to form. A common mistake that is made during DIY and rookie projects is forgetting that the drum should not be in contact with the floor when the sander is being turned on or off. This can cause divots to form, or you can straight out create a hole in your floor. In some cases, the dips can be invisible to the naked eye, but you will definitely feel them underfoot. What’s more, in case of any spills in future, the liquids will flow naturally to those dips, drastically increasing the potential of water damage. Then there are those effects of using the floor sanding equipment wrongly. Take for instance pushing the sander slowly across the surface. . You will end up eating more into the wood surface than you intended to, which affects the uniformity with adjacent boards. It also reduces the number of times that you will be able to have the floor sanded and refinished in future, cutting down its lifespan. In average, you may have about 5mm of flooring to work with when sanding, and taking the entire of it off the wood will be going too deep. There are also those cases when a person goes over the surface at a fast pace- whether it’s intended to save on time, or for fear of going too deep into the wood. Remember that the goal of the sanding was to remove the old coats entirely, and in this scenario that won’t have been achieved. You end up with patches of previous treatments being left on the surface, which will affect how the new coats that you will apply will be able to bond with the wood. One of the issues with the floor restoration job is that most mistakes are highlighted once the task is complete. You don’t want to be seeing scratches and other marks on the surface being more pronounced through the finish that you’ll have applied. By then it’s too late to tweak it, and you’ll be forced to have the entire new finish sanded down again for you to rectify the mistakes made. When you bring together the cost of hiring the machinery, the difficulty of the process plus the cost of repairing any damage should the process go wrong with the DIY project, then hiring professional floor sanding Dublin services becomes the most convenient path to take.
· Body injury
You yourself are at risk. When the floor sanding equipment that you have rented doesn’t have proper dust containment mechanisms, the particles will end up being spread around the premises, and those fine light ones will be hanging in the air. They will get inhaled, leading to allergic reactions and all manners of complications. The sawdust from the wood is not the only issue. As the previous finish coats are being broken down, their chemicals get mixed with the dust. They contain different substances, from solvents and adhesives, to volatile organic compounds. These end up being inhaled too, exposing you to organ and system damage plus other health issues. You don’t want your nervous or reproductive system getting affected because you spent a week sanding your house. Even your eyes are not safe from harm. Without goggles, there is always that chance that some wood chips can find their way to them, posing a real threat to your vision. This is in addition to the thousands of particles that will be ending up in the atmosphere and irritating the eyes. It doesn’t end there. Those sanding particles can be irritating to the skin. Direct contact with some flooring products such as those with high solvent content can lead to adverse reactions. And all this while you’re breaking your back pushing around the heavy sander on your floor, for hours on end. Sometimes you may even be forced to get down and do some manual sanding for those tricky spots around the establishment. Why go through all this when you can have the floor sanding Dublin crew take care of the project for you?
Benefits Of Calling In The Floor Sanding Dublin Professionals
1. Industrial-grade equipment
We have heavily invested in modernised floor sanding gear and innovative technology to deliver quality results in a timely manner. The high powered machinery breaks through the top coats, polishes and other treatments on your floor with ease, getting to the bare wood underneath and opening up its pores. This gives it a fresh start and allows the wood stains, sealants, lacquers and the rest of the coats that will be applied to bond firmly with the surface. This will accentuate the features of the wood floor, and enhance its ability to withstand daily wear and tear. As such, its lifespan will be extended, and you’ll get to enjoy your investment for longer. Moreover, the sanding process leaves behind a level surface, onto which you will be able to apply even coats, which enhances the quality of the results. The process also takes care of damages such as scratches on the surface. The floor sanding Dublin processes are also dustless. You won’t have to clear out your wardrobes and shelves to protect your valuable items, or be forced to spend more hours sweeping walls and floors, wiping your cupboards and washing the surfaces. Powerful vacuuming technology is used to protect the environment of your establishment from the invasive dust. Your HVAC unit, furniture and other items will be safe, and so will be the interior air quality of the premises.
2. Trusted to deliver
This is your investment, and you want to ensure that it is properly cared for. With our professionally-trained crew, with years of experience to boot, you can have the peace of mind that your property is in capable hands. We attend to clients across the board- from residential units like apartments and townhouses, and those in the hospitality industry such as hotels and restaurants to office buildings, nursing homes, schools, government facilities, art galleries to shopping areas like malls and retails stores. From strip and plank to parquet flooring, whether you have oak, maple, cherry, chestnut, timborana, or even walnut flooring, we’ve got you covered. The floor sanding services will breathe new life into your installation, kick-starting your floor restoration project on the right trajectory. Our floor sanding Dublin team will arrive as per schedule, get to the task and complete it in minimal time. Moreover, they will be able to point out areas of concern in your establishment that are affecting the flooring in order for you to take the necessary steps to rectify them and prevent potential losses. It will even help you to preserve the warranty with the floor’s manufacturer, as they usually insist on having the floor sanded by certified professionals. Our floor sanding Dublin crew will also uphold professional standards when addressing you, and treat your property as their own, to leave you with a smile and win your loyalty. After all, the survival of our business depends on your satisfaction.
3. Avoid the hustle
Time is a crucial resource, and comes in limited supply. You don’t want to spend your vacation, or those precious days-off from work dealing with a laborious floor sanding job. Not only is it physically straining, but without the necessary equipment plus the skills to get it done fast, you will end up spending more time than you had budgeted for. For instance, while an entire house job that could have taken just a day, a DIY or rookie process can chomp up an entire weekend just getting through the bedroom. What of the rest of the premises? You end up being disadvantaged, and your plans getting thrown into confusion. That’s not how you envisioned your free time going. Let our professional floor sanding team take the burden off your back, leaving you to do what you love- going out bike riding on a camp, hitting the beach and making merry with your friends and family, binge watching complete seasons of those TV shows that you were unable to keep up with due to work demands, going bowling, doing some gardening, getting involved in community events, all through to learning a new skill like juggling. After all, you earned a break from the hectic hustle and bustle of everyday life, so you might as well enjoy it- not use it all on the floor sanding and still risk unsatisfactory results. For business owners, time loss is a crippling factor for your enterprise. Your operations are halted as the rooms whose floors are being sanded are sealed off during the process. You don’t want them being inaccessible for longer than necessary. Mistakes from the DIY projects could end up taking the sections of your commercial establishment out of commission, hampering your activities. The last thing you want is losing out on sales, or customer’s trust in your reliability, because they can’t get the products and services that they seek from you comfortably, prompting them to head out to your competitors. Perhaps you’re in the process of moving, and you want to have your new house or business premises ready for the day you want to relocate. It may be time to settle in a new location, you may have got a job transfer, or you just want to experience new cultures. Your company may have grown, and it time to get into a bigger space, or open up a new branch. For homeowners, you are already juggling a lot of things, from the packing itself, finding a moving company and arranging an on-site visit for estimation, organizing to have your kid’s school records transferred, even alerting your brokerage firm, company’s HR departments, insurance companies and utility service providers about your move, forwarding medical records to your new healthcare providers, and dealing with the property owner of your current residence to sort out the terms of the end-of-lease, to taking inventory and dealing with the timelines of the actual move. Adding the floor sanding and restoration process to the list only complicates things. In businesses, being forced to postpone your plans to open the new office or retail outlet is not going to reflect well on your financial position. Cancelling and rescheduling portrays you in negative light to your customers. With the property market, with its cut-throat competition, and you don’t want to miss out on lucrative deals because of the delays. Get things done as planned using specialist floor sanding services.
4. Budget friendly services
Costs also factor in. You want to carry out your floor restoration in an economical manner. You don’t want to punch a hole through your wallet at the sanding stage. Our affordable services ensure that you don’t strain your finances. The pricing structure has been designed to take into account your particular needs, such as the type of wood in question, the amount of sanding that is required and the size of the area. There are no hidden charges to fret about. You will have known the full costs before-hand.
Everyone marvels at the beauty of a home with a fine hardwood floor. It’s a natural appeal that accentuates the interior of the establishment, whether it’s a residential setup or a business premises. The different species add unique character to the decor, giving you that wow factor that you desire. You get to bring your premises to life, and the beauty never goes out of style. In fact, the wood increases the resale value of the property. Hence, it’s a smart investment choice. For landlords and property managers, attracting those new buyers and tenants will be a walk in the park, and you will be able to justify the higher premiums for the premises. They’ll even be willing to pay more for the property simply due to the floor- and bid for it. There is a wood floor for every taste. With the numerous options of stains, finishes and inlays to choose from, you can get to have the installation that matches your particular needs. Whenever you want to change it and spruce things up, a quick refinishing will suffice. The wood is also easier to clean compared to other flooring types. With a few swivels of the mop, plus the occasional spray, you can keep the surface clean, in less time too, compared to others where you’d be vacuuming, scrubbing and shampooing to get the grime off. Wood is not electromagnetic, so it doesn’t trap dust like carpets, and you won’t have to worry about issues like mould in the grout, as is the case with tiles. Less chemicals are needed for the cleaning too. This also means that it’s an ideal choice for households where there are persons with allergies. Since we spend plenty of our time indoors, the flooring has a huge impact on the air quality we breathe. The wood won’t be harbouring dust, mites or fumes.
In addition, wood is eco-friendly. Not only is it a carbon neutral product, but its production is much more cleaner and safer for the environment. For instance, concrete results in 6 times more pollutants during manufacture compared to wood, brick produces 4 times, and steel an astounding 40 times more Wood even contributes less to the waste in landfills compared to the other options. It’s also a renewable resource, reducing the strain on the planet as a whole. For example, the bulk of the exotic woods that are used for the floor installation come from certified sustainable forests. More is grown than is cut. Since they are a high-end use of forest products and a consistent revenue stream, perpetuation of the forest is ensured. What’s more, as the trees grow, they help in reducing the greenhouse gases, since the young trees use up more carbon dioxide than the older ones. It’s just like how kids and teens gobble up more food than adults do. By investing in a wood floor, you’ll be contributing to these chain of events, hence reducing your carbon footprint. Then there’s the warmth that it brings into the heart of the home and commercial environment. The cellular structure of the wood enables it to trap more air, enhancing its insulation abilities. This makes it a more energy efficient option. For instance, the insulation that you get from about 1 inch of wood will require 15 inches of concrete. Then comes the durability. Wood flooring can last a lifetime, even being passed down to coming generations. All around the world, there are people walking on floors that are older that their own countries. It just needs proper maintenance. Instead of ripping them out and adding to the landfills, you can easily have the finish repaired or completely redone. When time comes to give your floor a fresh start, by getting rid of the old finish coats and applying new ones, call in the floor sanding experts.
How Life Affects Your Floor
The elegance of your floor is worn down due to the constant attacks that it receives on a daily basis. These include:
Sand, dirt and other particles get tracked from the outside onto the floor surface by the normal foot traffic. They get compressed under people’s shoes and act as an abrasive agent. It’s basically like the action of sandpaper on the floor. Over time, and with more people trouping about the establishment, the finish wears down, and also develops scuff marks. Failing to remove the grit by sweeping and mopping regularly increases the rate at which this wearing down occurs, transforming the stylish surface into a dull, forlorn floor. You don’t want to wait until the finish has been completely worn down and risk damaging the wood. In fact, if you can pour some water on its surface and it disappears into the wood leaving behind a dark spot, then the finish has been severely depleted and a floor sanding is overdue.
Lack of felt glides, or some other form of protection under the legs of furniture is a recipe for scratches forming on your floor. You can even have the glides but fail to clean them, in which case dust and grit get imbedded, causing the very scratches that were being avoided. The largest risk with furniture comes when you need to move it. Failing to lift it, and rather sliding or pushing it across the floor, scratches the wood, sometimes digging out gouges. From the heavy sofa sets to the dressers, they end up ruining the floor. Then there are those cases where people slide back while on the chairs- such as happens often at the dining room. Heavy appliances like the refrigerator and piano also cause similar distress to your floor. Some of them may actually have wheels, buy their weight compresses the finish and wood grain, and they may leave behind dents. Plastic or metal casters also leave behind marks that damage the floor.
Footwear is a leading threat to floors. From the spiked shoes that scratch the surface, to the high heels on those petite ladies that will leave pock marks on the floor, the wood comes under a load of strain. The higher the number of persons in your establishment, the faster the rate at which the finish coats lose their appeal. There are even those with shoes that have metal heel supports, which can dent the floor. To put things into perspective, a 125-pound lady in stilettos, will exert more than 8000 pounds in the floor. This is because the entire body weight is concentrated on a small section of the surface. With this happening on a daily basis, the finish will gradually get worn down and be in need of replacement.
· Area rugs and mats
These are usually put in areas like at the kitchen sink where spills are likely to occur, and inside doorways to prevent dirt from being trekked in. The rugs with rubber or vinyl backing can affect the finish, reacting with them and discolouring the surface. On the other hand, using damp rugs on the floor disturb the moisture balance with the wood, which directly affects the finish coats that had been applied.
· The sun
Solar radiation can bleach out your floor or darken it, depending on the wood species in question. Just like people’s reaction with the sun on exposure- some will tan rapidly, others will get sunburns. The finish applied on the wood is also affected. The disparities are more prominent when you compare the sections that are covered by rugs or even under furniture, and those out in the open. You can have a applied a polish on your floor that was glossy and bringing out the hue of the wild, but over time develops an amber tint due to the effects of the ultraviolet and infrared rays of the sun. Call in the floor sanding Dublin professionals to remove those old and changed layers to enable you apply a fresh new coat that accentuates the character of the underlying wood.
These come from all over- food smudges pressed into the floor as people walk on it leaving behind unsightly spots, drink spills at the breakfast table as your kids were hurriedly preparing for school, or at the office as you were taking a break from your daily duties, juice and wine stains during those events at your commercial establishments, parties at home, or perhaps as you were enjoying the company of your dashing date, all through to the urine stains from your pet. When left to stand, the stains set into the finish. The discolorations on the surface of the flooring are both unsightly and frustrating. When they build up all over, they destroy the blend of colours that you had worked so hard to set up. Fortunately, you can give your establishment a fresh new start with expert floor sanding Dublin services.
· Mistakes during regular maintenance
Using the wrong approach when cleaning or finishing your floor can lead to damage and undesirable results respectively. For instance, going for an upright vacuum that has beater bars will dent the floor’s finish. Exposing the floor to oils and solvents in substances like nail polish remover, liquor and perfume can leach into the surface and cause it to stain. Then there are those products that are useful in other cleaning areas, but detrimental for your wood floor- such as ammonia and vinegar. They can react with the finish that has been applied, and the swings in acidity and alkalinity will actually damage the wood itself. When it comes to the finishing process, there are many blunders that can occur. For instance, you can have failed to apply even coats causing blotches of the lacquers on the surface. One may have even applied the coasts too rapidly, without allowing the immediate former coats to dry and be lightly sanded. The quick build up will distort the drying and curing process, and you end up with a floor that appears too aged. Contamination of the finish can also occur, whether it has been caused by using dirty applicator tools, or the floor was not properly vacuumed and cleaned before the finishes were applied. On the other hand, heavy coats may have been spread out onto the surface, increasing the drying time and allowing dirt particles to stick on the wet coats. You end up with a dull and forlorn looking floor, irking and frustrating you. Things don’t have to remain like this. Fortunately, with floor sanding Dublin service, you get to have a second chance. The damaged finish will be removed, allowing you to apply fresh coats and get it done right.
Why DIY Floor Sanding Is A Bad Idea
DIY projects give you the thrill and joy of accomplishing something with your bare hands- that spark of knowing that you had a hidden talent within you. For other aspects around the home, they are invigorating. However, when it comes to floor sanding, you may find yourself biting more than you can chew. Here’s why:
· The hustle involved
First, you have to get the right equipment, depending on the specific needs of your floor restoration project. You need quality tools, otherwise you could end up spending weeks dealing with your floor. Equipment that is beat up or ineffective is more trouble than it’s worth. So you’ll need to dig through mounds of information on the internet, scouting for referrals till you narrow down the store to rent the sanding gear from. Then wait in line to get it, and arrange for the transport to your establishment. Then there’s the amount of finances involved to get it, and the liabilities in case the machinery gets damaged. Something as minuscule as a nail popping out of the floor can cause serious harm to the sander passing over it. You don’t want to deal with all these stresses and frustrations, and you haven’t even got to the sanding itself yet. Moreover, the sanding is just the first step of the floor restoration process. There’s the finish that’s to come, since you can’t leave the floor with its bare wood exposed. Hence, enough time and resources have to be allocated to get the entire task completed. Note that the sanding in itself is a complicated task. You don’t want to end up with an uneven or unstable surface. Sometimes you will be forced to make repeated passes over an area to ensure that the surface is properly levelled. How big is the area you intend to work on? The workload involved can also cause one to make simple faults that will lead to heavy losses, such as overlooking all those cables found near the floor, like the TVs, internet and alarm cables. The floor restoration project is an investment. Your time, effort and money are on the line. Getting professional floor sanding Dublin services will enable you to save on the three.
· Risking damaging your floor
Hiring the floor sanding equipment and learning how to use it are not the same thing. First off, if the machinery that you had rented was not properly maintained, then you are already at a disadvantage. How much power do the sanders deliver? This is the backbone of the process, seeing that you will be breaking down layers of tough finish coats. Getting equipment that is out of tune means that chatter marks will end up being formed on the floor. Assuming that you got quality machines (and no doubt parted with a pretty penny for them), then comes the skills to manoeuvre them on the floor. The walking speed factors in. It should be even, and not too slow, otherwise you risk forming sanding marks on your floor. When you go too fast, then you’ll have barely scraped though the finish coats, meaning there will be patches all over your floor. If you proceed to apply the wood stain, lacquers and topcoats on the surface, then the result will be an unsightly blend of colours, and the entire job will need to be repeated. You also don’t want to dig a dent into your floor because you hovered on one spot for far too long. The sanding direction also has to be determined based on the type of flooring and how the boards have been laid. Take parquet flooring for instance. They rows of blocks are placed in opposite direction. You need to figure out how to sand with the grain of one side, without simultaneously going against that of the other. The grit levels of the sand paper that you should be orderly, otherwise you will end up wasting the paper and taking more time that you need. In addition finishing with the rough sandpaper will also mean that the surface will not be ready to accept the wood treatments that you are planning to apply. You can go through the entire sanding process, jumping through the hoops and performing all the juggling acts, and still wind up with unsatisfactory results. The thing with wood is that even the light blemish that was ignored- whether it’s a scratch, raised grain, or minor dent- will end up being enhanced by the finish coats that you apply. Not only will it frustrate you, but the fact that you’ll have to go back to the beginning, sanding the floor and doing it all over again, may drive you over the edge. Why strain yourself? Leave the task to the floor sanding Dublin professionals.
· Potential of body injury
Without the proper safety precautions in place, you risk harming yourself and other persons in the establishment. When it comes to floor sanding, you need protection from the possible incidences that could occur during the process, plus also keeping safe from exposure to the chemicals that are in the floor treatment and finishing products. For starters, the sanding equipment that you have rented can produce a lot of noise. Considering that the project will take a lengthy time, then the prolonged exposure will lead to ear damage if you don’t have ear plugs or defenders. Then there’s the dust generated. The particles are a mixture of the wood itself, plus the chemicals that had been applied on it during the previous finishing. Without dust masks and similar protection gear, the fine particles could end up being inhaled, exposing you to respiratory complications and other health risks. There’s also that possibility of wood chips finding its way into your eye, or that of someone walking by- especially during the rough edge sanding. Needless to say, your vision won’t be the same again. Moreover, without a protective suit and gloves, you may end up getting bruised, and some of the flooring products may lead to adverse effects when they getting into contact with your skin. For instance, the high solvent content in some floor treatments will lead to skin irritation. On top of all this is the sheer workload involved. The floor sanding is an involving task, from pushing around the heavy machinery to remaining on your feet for extended periods. There are also those tricky areas that will require you to get on your knees and sand them manually. Avoid all these troubles by letting the professional floor sanding Dublin team take care of the task for you.
Value Of Expert Floor Sanding Dublin Services
1. High quality equipment
The floor sanding job requires power and efficiency, and that’s what the machinery that our team used comes packed with. The sanding gear is state-of-the-art, and properly maintained to ensure that it delivers quality results each time. The sanders break through those multiple layers of finish, from the top coats through to the lacquers, sealants and wood stains, revealing the bare wood underneath. This opens up its pores, making it ready to leave the fresh new coats that are to be applied. The high efficacy of the process ensures that minimal time is spent, and that even the tough coats are abraded through. Moreover, the surface is left smooth and level, to enable the coming coats to be applied uniformly, to ensure that you get the outcome you desire from your floor restoration project. Even the dust is dealt with effectively. Powerful vacuuming systems are attached to the sanding equipment, sucking up those coarse and fine particles before they get a chance to escape into the environment and cover your stuff. That way, you won’t have to worry about a dust storm in your establishment, and the furnishings and electrical appliances in you premises will be kept safe. Your HVAC units, sinks, light fixtures and other items in your home or business will not be at risk, and the air quality will be preserved, enabling you to protect the health of your loved ones at home, plus the staff and customers in your commercial establishment.
2. Experienced team
We have been providing floor sanding Dublin service for years, and our team has the necessary experience to take care of your specific needs. The testimonials, reviews and referrals are proof of the satisfaction we provide. These are our own crew, fully trained and with the skill set required to ensure that everything goes as planned. From residential establishments such as apartment blocks and townhouses, to commercial facilities like office buildings, retail stores, malls, restaurants, clubs and bars, dance studios, gyms and other fitness centres, all through to institutions like school classrooms and their cafeterias and even nursing homes, our floor sanding Dublin team will treat your property as their own, and you can rest assured that it is in safe hands. The personnel will arrive on site in time and treat you with the utmost courtesy, and also offer advice on how to maintain your flooring, pointing out factors in your establishment that may be causing damage. This will enable you avoid further losses down the road.
3. Free yourself
Floor sanding is a taxing job. Without the requisite skills and machinery to get it done efficiently, it will drain you physically and even psychologically. It’s the most laborious part of the floor restoration process. The frustration from making blunders, to the heavy sweating and dust involved are more trouble than they’re worth. You could spend an entire weekend dealing with just the bedroom of your house, then begin wondering what to with the rest of the house. Some start and give up midway due to the sheer amount of work that is involved. You don’t want this to be how you spend your days off from work or your weekends. Your vacation should be left open to do things you love- going outdoors for walks and jogs, getting a drum kit and working out a groove, taking part in community sports like cricket or baseball, catching the league games on TV, binge-watching your favourite TV show, spending quality time with your kids and significant other, going site-seeing, learning that new recipe, camping, exploring new places and trying out their cuisines-not having it all chomped up by the arduous floor sanding task. For business owners, your activities are literally on the clock. Are you preparing the new office space so that you can move it? Perhaps you have even organised an opening event to launch, celebrate and showcase your products to the local community. You don’t want to be forced to cancel or postpone you plans because the premises is not ready. Getting professional floor sanding Dublin services will enable you to keep things on schedule. A similar scenario plays out for persons in the property market. Planning an open house? Are you constructing multiple units for clients and have promised them that they will be able to take up residence by a specific time? You don’t want to let them down and ruin your business image. Homeowners planning to move into a new house already have a lot of things to take care of-researching the new community and schools and arranging to transfer records, scouting and settling for moving companies, going through your organization’s moving policy for those getting transferred, transferring your medical, property, fire and auto insurance policies, notifying your doctors and dentists of moves, and seeking referrals, disconnecting cable, internet, electric and any other services you currently use and arranged for the services at your new home, dealing with the end-of lease agreement with your landlord, all through to cancelling or redirecting all scheduled deliveries (such as newspaper, milk, etc.) plus carrying out the packing itself. Adding floor sanding to the pile will strain you. Leave the task to our floor sanding Dublin professionals.
4. Protect your investment
Your floor is one of the major components of the property, and you paid hefty sums to have it installed. You don’t want it getting damaged. The floor restoration process will enable you to reverse the wear and tear effects, and restore that natural look and feel. The floor sanding will have set the foundation for the treatments coats that you apply to adhere strongly to the surface, enhancing the strength and abradability attributes of the wood. This will keep it elegant for longer, and enable you to enjoy it all through. Your peace of mind is restored, since you won’t keep getting distracted by the stains on the surface of the floor. The mood in the interior space is brightened, and you will be able to host your guests with confidence. Those scratches that were fouling your mood the moment you walked through the front door will be removed. You get to have a spruced up space that even has a therapeutic effect on you and other persons in the premises. This goes to further improve the quality of your living and working conditions. Even the cleaning efforts become easier. The uniform surface after the coats are applied will prevent dirt and grime from collecting in ridges and grooves, making the sweeping and mopping process to be carried out with minimal effort on your part. As such, you get to enjoy the most out of your investment. Moreover, as manufacturers insist that the floor maintenance projects be carried out using professional services, you will be able to retain the warranty of the flooring.
5. Cost friendly
Our floor sanding Dublin services have been priced with your in mind. Everyone is unique, and so are your floor are needs. The structure of the costs factors in your particular situation, including aspects such as the size of the area being worked on, all through to the finish coats that are to be removed and the type of flooring involved. The prices are also affordable, without compromising on the required quality that should be delivered. That way, you get to save on costs, and carry on with your floor restoration project without breaking the bank.
Floor Sanding Dublin
Should you sand your old floor board or you should just get another floor? Most people don`t know what to do. The floor looks bad and a floor sanding job costs a lot of money. Well, you need to add all the costs before you make that decision.
If you are planning to remove your old floor and replace it with a new floor, you will need to take off the floor, hire a skip, buy the new floor, hire a carpenter to fit it and finish the floor with some kind of floor finish. The standard price per square meter of floor sanding is somewhere around 20 euro but it can vary from job to job, depending on the finish required.
Our company recommends floor sanding. A solid or a semi solid wood floor can be refinished in hundreds of ways and the colour can be changed as you wish. The floor sanding technology has moved ahead big time and now days you can have your floors sanded dust free in a matter of hours. A standard 3 bed house + the living room is a job that can be done in less than 12 hours. Not bad.
Each person is different and each person likes different things. It is highly recommended that you spend a bit more money in quality varnishes and have your floor looking like new for up to 10 years. Now days most people demand water based floor finishes. After the floor sanding was completed, the floor can be stained, waxed, polished or varnished.
If you are looking for a great new look, you can go for one of our magic stains. 28 colours of wood stains are available to you. A wood stain is just a colour that can be used to change the colour of most types of wood floors. Some floors don`t bond well with the stain and a bleaching is required before staining. The stain is not designed to offer any type of protection and it has to be sealed with a sealant.
Some people love the natural look of the floor and they will go for a hard wax oil. Our company can show you samples of clear of coloured hard wax oils. We can use Bona Or Junckers brand. A floor that gets waxed requires at least 6 hours drying time and it will only fully dry within 48 hours. A wax provides great anti moist protection and it keeps the natural look of the wood.
The most popular way of refinishing a floor after it was sanded is by varnishing it. A varnish provides superior protection against moist, traffic and chemicals. There is a wide range of varnishes available to fit all requirements. If you are looking for the most natural looking finish, you can go for mat finish. If you are looking for natural look but you need a bit of shine, you can go for a satin or silk matt finish & if you are a person that loves glossy surfaces, you can go for a gloss varnish. Dublin Floor Sanding uses only water based floor varnishes from Junckers brand.
Many of our customers are asking about floor polishing instead of varnishing or waxing. We can use the famous Junckers Sylva Wood Floor Polish or Bona Wood Floor Polish. Those two wood floor polishes are designed to provide outstanding protection and to keep rgw natural look of your floors.
If you had your stairs covered with carpets forever and if you are looking for a bit of change, you can just lift up your carpets and discover the base of the stair that is usually made from solid pine. Our company can make those stairs look like new in a matter of hours. We can sand up your stairs, we can stain your stairs and we can refinish your stairs to look like new. A standard set of stairs costs about 350 euro but the price is informative only.
Types Of Varnishes
If you are looking for a professional floor sanding company in Dublin, you should be looking for a floor sanding contractor that has a great tracking record and ask for samples. There is no way of telling the difference between a great floor varnish and a cheap one. Time will show you the quality. Many people have paid top dollar for high traffic varnishes only to see the varnish washing away. To make sure that you receive quality work and quality finishes you need to pay the fair price for your service.
25 to 50 euro varnishes are designed for domestic floors
50 to 75 euro varnishes are designed for light commercial
75 to 120 euro varnishes are designed for high traffic commercial
Dublin Floor Sanding uses only medium to high traffic floor varnishes. We are are using only water based floor varnishes. The oil based floor varnishes take too long to dry, it looks artificial and it stinks. Very few people ever ask for such finishes. A high traffic water based floor varnish provides the same protection like a high traffic varnish but it costs less.
Ask For Insurance
Just because a floor sanding company has great reviews, it doesn`t mean accidents cannot happen. A standard wood floor costs around 50 euro per square meter and it can be easily damaged. Any decent floor sanding contractor would be happy to provide you with a copy of its insurance.
Dustless Floor Sanding Technology
Price is king again and if you pay peanuts you will hire monkeys. A proper floor sanding machine costs around 6000 euro delivered to Ireland and for a small floor sanding contractor this cost can be very high. Many old floor sanding contractors are still using old floor sanding equipment. A professional Bona floor sander will collect up to 98% of the dust generated while a cheap old plate floor sander will collect none. Make sure that you ask for a dustless floor sanding system unless you want to be removing dust from your walls for years.
Floor Sanding Prices
There are companies that are charging 200 euro for a standard living room and there are companies that are charging 400 euro for a standard living room. What is the fair price? Well, how long do you need your floors to last?
A 200 euro per room price will only cover the costs of sanding & varnishing without any profit. You don`t want an unhappy man using a heavy duty machine on your fancy floors. It is highly recommended that you spend a bit more money on your floors and have your floors lasting for 10 years instead of 2.
Commercial floor sanding can vary from job to job. The size of the job, the condition and the finish required will dictate the final price. A 200 square meter floor will cost around 10% less per square meter than a 20 square meter job. Dublin Floor Sanding is the master of commercial floor sanding in Dublin. We will quote for free, we will do sample work and we will offer you great warranty.
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Get Your Floor Sanded By The Professionals
Why did you get a wood floor installation for your building? For some, it’s because of the beauty and comfort it provides. Others love wood floors due to their natural feeling. They set a lovely tone for the eyes, and feel great under the feet. The wood is beautiful and timeless. Remember the installations that were there in the 60′s? Well, they are still glamorous even today. All they need is a light touching up and regular refinishing. The installation itself never goes out of style. It can serve you for as long as you see fit. That’s a welcome bonus for home and business owners who want to always remain trendy. The value of the wood doesn’t end there. It is not a magnet for particulates, which makes the floors easy to maintain- compared to other surfaces such as carpeting. Even during those cold winter months when you want to warm up the premises, the wood allows you to install under floor heating, which is one of the most efficient ways to nudge up that temperature. Not to forget that the wood itself is already naturally warm. When it comes to healthy floors, wood takes the crown. This is for the simple reason that it doesn’t harbour allergens and pests like fleas, thus providing comfort and cutting down on your medical bills. Your furry friend also appreciates this. Whichever your reason, getting the wood floor installation for your establishment was a massive investment. You no doubt want it to last for decades- and even outlive you. Regular maintenance will enable you to achieve this. A core component of this is the refinishing process. And the first step is the floor sanding.
It’s a simple rationale: “Out with the old, in with the new”. The floor sanding gives the surface a fresh start. When you want to give your floor a new treatment- because of the old one wearing out, you want a change of décor, or it’s a completely new installation, the floor sanding enables you to get to the bare wood, and sets the foundation for the finishing that will follow. Whenever you want to spruce up the look and feel of the premises, or fix those dents and scratches that have been grooved into the grain, you won’t need to rip out the entire floor boards. Simple changes to the surface using treatment options like wood stains, polishes and sealants will enable you to get the results you desire. You don’t want to simply cover old layers of treatment with new ones. That will mess up the outcome, plus reduce the efficacy of the wood treatment products. The last thing you want it to spend hours revitalising your floor only for it to end up in a worse condition than before. The floor sanding enables you to have the optimum start for the floor refinishing process, ensuring that treatments you apply will not be affected. That way, you get to derive maximum value in terms of strength and beauty of the floor finish. Here’s a guide to the floor sanding process and how it works for you.
What’s Happened To Your Floor?
The wood floor is subjected to consistent abuse. This affects the structural integrity of the finishing and the underlying wood itself, hence the need for retouching or refinishing very once in a while. These factors are:
1. Wear from footwear
With all the people trooping in and out of your premises, the floor is bound to come under intense pressure. You may argue that it is what the floor is built to endure, but the constant barraging of forces eventually leads to wear and tear. It’s a universal effect, from the friction due to walking, the shocks from pointed shoes, all through to the compounds tracked into the building from the outside. Shoes with rubber soles cause marks to be formed on the flooring, and footwear like spike-heel stilettos channel high pressure to the areas being walked on. In fact, they can be striking the floor with more pounds per inch than an elephant’s foot. The gunk tracked into the building includes pesticides from gardening, all through to the salt on sidewalks that’s applied during winter months to protect people from sliding. It’s like having sandpaper at the bottom of your shoes. The stones and grit carried into the building gradually wear down the protective finishes that had been applied. The higher the number of people using the place, the faster this occurs.
2. Climatic fluctuations
Your wood floor was once a living thing. Growing out there in the forests, angling for sunlight and other resources with its other neighbours, before it was cut down and shaped into the boards installed on your floor. It may have stopped growing, but its core structure is still made of cells- and they are hygroscopic. This means they absorb moisture and release it depending on the difference between their moisture level and that of the environment. When relative humidity (RH) levels drop, the wood flooring loses more moisture to the surrounding air space, like during those cold winter months. The difference causes the boards to shrink, and gaps to form. During the spring and summer months when RH levels are higher, the reverse happens, and the wood absorbs moisture, expanding and closing the gaps. However, the seasons are cyclic. With constant changes, the gaps become larger and more permanent. They will need to be filled. This should be done appropriately. You don’t want the filler causing strain during the wood expansion in the coming humid months, and the boards to end up cupping or buckling up due to swelling against each other. Buckling is when the wood flooring literally pulls up from the subfloor- in some areas it can even lift over an inch. The floor sanding team ensures that the correct amount and type of filler that is compatible with your floor is used.
3. Your furry friend
Pets are endowed with sharp claws, which though are good for catching prey and digging up bones, don’t bode well for your wood floor. Cats and dogs are notorious for causing scratch marks that ruin the wood’s finishing. The claws rip into the boards as the pets look for traction while they play and run around the premises. Suddenly all those indoor games of fetch don’t look so rosy, do they? There are also those situations when the pet has a lot of fur between the pads of the paws, and are forced to use the claws on the floor to prevent themselves from slipping. Not forgetting those times when the eating area becomes a disaster fast due to the constant spills. There are also urine stains to contend with, that literally corrode the floor and leave behind unsightly stains. Your pet can also be playing out in the yard, and tracking in mud onto the floor.
4. The sun
It’s bright and warms up the place, but it also causes the wood to change its colour. Sunlight fades the floors finishing and even affects the underlying wood. The natural colouration that you had fallen in love with, which made you buy the installation, gets changed with time. The UV rays cause the fading due to the light, and the infrared radiation’s fading effect is due to the heat it comes with. The effect of solar radiation varies from one species of another. Some like Cherry and Tigerwood will darken, while others like Hickory and Maple will get bleached and become lighter. It’s just like people, where we’re all affected by sunlight differently depending on the skin.
Where Does Floor Sanding Work?
As long as your wood floor is going to be treated and finished, it will need to be sanded. The processes is carried out on all kinds of wood floor species, from the subtle satin Cherry, Pine with its knots and pitch spots, the high-end Walnut with its rich dark brown tone and swirling grain, Red and White Oak flooring, the exotic Amendoim (Brazilian Oak), the elegant curly or straight-grained Maple, Santos Mahogany and exuberant Acacia, all through to uniformly textured Birch, Tigerwood and richly coloured Timborana, and the super strong and shock resistant Hickory. The floor sanding team handles them all, from solid and engineered wood, to hand-scraped, natural, distressed and stained flooring.
How do you know that it’s time to sand down the floor? Just ask yourself a couple of questions: Has the floor finish become completely worn down? Are there areas that are peeling or cracking? If you’re in such a situation, the floor will need complete refinishing. For bowed, cupped or severely damaged floors, the floor sanding team will be in a position to advice you on the steps to take to address it before the project starts. Have you recently finished the floor, but and it has started showing signs of wear? A simple sanding and recoating should be enough. Is it a completely new floor that is yet to be finished? Sanding will enable you to prepare the wood for treatment.
Effects Of Sanding Dust On Your Health
The wood floor is loaded with chemicals. There’s that in the finish, like polish, sealant and wood stain that is being removed, chemical compounds produced by bacteria and fungi in the floor, plus components of the wood itself. All this get broken down in the floor sanding dust and go airborne, where they pose a health risk to you and other persons on the premises. Let’s start with the respiratory system. You breathe in the sanding dust. Initial reactions are coughing and sneezing, which is expected. The longer you are exposed, and the deeper the dust is breathed in, the more the trouble that awaits. The dust collecting in the nose causes rhinitis (runny nose), nose bleeding, and sometimes outright nasal blockage. It doesn’t end there. The dust goes further to irritate the throat. When the particles reach the lungs, there can be a wide range of reactions. For instance, chemicals from bacteria and fungi can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Here, the walls of the air sacs and airways get inflamed. Allergic reactions such as occupational asthma may occur. At times, your very own lung capacity can be decreased, especially with long term exposure. This is as a result of chemical or mechanical irritation of the lung tissue. It causes your airways to narrow, which basically means less air will be getting into your lungs, hence the breathlessness. This can be caused after different kinds of floors have been sanded down, such as Douglas and Alpine firs, Spruce or Balsam.
Your skin is also not off the hook. The floor sanding dust that gets into direct contact with it can cause dermatitis. The sink becomes itchy, red and dry. Blisters may break out. The longer you’re exposed to it the higher the chances of developing allergic dermatitis, which gets more severe with every incident. Sanding dust from hardwoods like Mahogany and Rosewoods, plus softwoods like the Douglas fir can cause it. Even your eyes are not spared. Have you ever walked into a dingy room and begun tearing up? It’s because your eyes were irritated, which will also occur when there is wood floor sanding dust hanging in the air of your premises. It can also cause the mucous membranes of the eyes to get inflamed. When you add the chemicals from the products that had been used to treat the floor, then the dust becomes a cocktail of potent materials that you don’t want to risk getting into your system. You can avoid this by getting dustless floor sanding services.
The Floor Sanding Process
It starts with the preparation. Those loose floor boards have to be nailed or glued firmly in place. Nails and screw heads popping out of the surface are countersunk deeply in the wood, at a level where they will not be affected by the sanding. Sparks can develop, which will create a fire hazard with the floor sanding dust. Sinking the nails and tightening the screws also protects parts of the machine, such as the abrasives, sanding plates and drum from damage.
The floor sanding is an intricate process that requires skill. Equipment such as a drum or belt wood floor sanding machine are used, with edgers or spinners, and the appropriate belt and edger discs or sanding paper. Even the equipment used is optimised for the process. For instance, the drum or belt sanding machines come with a separate lever to raise and lower the drum as required. This provides control during the sanding processes. The drum sander is loaded with the appropriate grit sandpaper, and the machine is positioned to begin. The motor is started with the drum raised off the floor, then slowly passed over it at an even pace. Skill applies here as well, as the machine is taken in a forward and backward motion, controlling how the drum is eased onto the floor. The edger is used to work on the baseboards and areas such as corners, where the drum sander cannot reach. Hand scrapers can be used for get to corners around doors and also cased openings. Equipment like electric oscillating sanders can be employed here to facilitate the hand sanding process. The personnel are well versed on how to operate the machinery, from loading the sander, setting the drum rubber, changing the sanding paper, all through to manoeuvring it on the floor. Different cuts can be used, with the first already producing even results, and the corners and obstructions being taken care of in latter cuts. Filling of nail holes, cracks, and blemishes on the floor surface is carried out before the final sanding cut.
Different techniques are employed depending on your requirements. For instance, when sanding parquet, block and flooring with similar patterns, the drum sander and edger can be used for 2 sanding cuts. The first cut is done on an angle using medium grit sandpaper. It’s usually carried out diagonally, with the second cut coming in the opposite diagonal. The buffer and screen, or disc, is for the final cut. On the other hand, when your floor is being refinished, care is taken since different floors, whether solid wood or engineered flooring, require to be worked on to different thicknesses. The floor sanding personnel take the appropriate approach to ensure that the groove edges are not worn down, avoiding breakage, and also wearing through to reveal the nails. Coarse ‘open coat’ sand paper can be used to remove the old finish. In case the floor hand been painted several times before, there may be need to use a paint remover in order to reveal the wood surface to be sanded. The number of passes required will be determined by the condition of your floor, plus the thickness of the finish that is to be removed. For instance, when the wood surface is in good condition and there are only some scratches, a single pass with the disc sander may be all that’s required. On the other hand, when the floor has under gone severe abuse and is laden with scars, a number of floor sanding passes may be required to restore a smooth and unblemished surface.
One of the common issues that arises from sanding is marks appearing all over the floor. It one of the most complained about outcomes of DIY and rookie sanding. However, when you turn to the floor sanding professionals, you won’t have to worry about it. They have put in place numerous measures during the operation to prevent the marks from forming. For instance, straight from the onset, the sanding pressure settings of the drum sanders are set to match the grit that will be used. The components of the machine are well positioned, from the side wheels to ensure that the sanding is carried out at the centre of the sanding drum, to freeing the lowering rod to prevent it from jamming. The sanding displacement path is determined and followed for each cycle, and the distance between consecutive paths are well planned out. Even specifics like the direction of the floor sanding matter, and it is selected to ensure that it has matches the laying pattern of the flooring. Pressure application is regulated, ensuring excessive force such as from additional weight on the sanding drum is avoided. Even for cases when the subfloor tends to vibrate, the floor sanding team will employ the suitable equipment to ensure satisfactory results. The same level of high standards is adhered to when it comes to the edge sanding. Everything from the wheel setting being adjusted to suit the attachment in use, and setting the angle of inclination of the sanding plane to prevent digs, all through to controlling the abrasion of the machine by changing the angle through wheel adjustment depending on the area being worked on. This ensures that the floor is properly sanded and ready for subsequent treatment options.
What You Get From The Floor Sanding Professionals
1. No dust
No one fancies the thought of cleaning off dust from their furnishings, jewellery, cabinets and even sinks- especially the colossal amount of dust that is generated when sanding down an entire floor. You don’t want to be forced to keep looking for dropsheets to cover up the items in a bid to protect them, or to seal off the rooms till the sand clears off. With our dustless floor sanding processes, you won’t need to worry about this. Powerful suction is used to remove the wood dust from the surface of the floor the moment it is formed, and it’s carted off into the collection unit. This protects the items in your premises from damage, and preserves the air quality of the interior space. Your artwork, electrical equipment, sinks and drains won’t be affected by the dust, and you get to avoid spending huge sums on repairing damage caused to the air conditioning unit in your premises. The dustless floor sanding additionally enables you to avoid the plethora of health problems caused by the dust, so you won’t be faced with sudden medical bills, or be forced to shut down your commercial premises to protect your employees and clients.
2. The latest in floor sanding technology
We have invested heavily in high quality floor sanding equipment. Our machinery will grind through the layers of coating on the floor, reaching the bare wood easily. This cuts down on the amount of time that will be needed for the floor refinishing project, preparing it for the next stage in moments. The surface will be smoothened, and the pores of the wood flooring will be opened up. This ensures that there will be effective bonding with subsequent treatments. The floor sanding also ensures that the finish will be absorbed evenly.
3. Gap filling
Gaps and cracks are a pesky annoyance. They ruin the intricate patterns on the wood floor, and are also great at accumulating dirt. They are eliminated during the floor sanding. It’s a quick process that entails preparing filler to close up the gaps. It’s basically a mixture of the sanding dust collected, plus a filler solution that is compatible with the wood species. The pasty compound formed is then added to the gaps, and evened out by trowel to ensure that the joints are completely closed. In order to prevent the joints from breaking up after drying, the floor sanding personnel ensure that it is moist enough, and that it has properly penetrated into the joint. In addition, the filler is added in the required proportions. This is to avoid unnecessarily lengthy sanding afterwards. The floor sanding team will ensure that all the gaps and joints have been filled before the surface treatment starts.
4. All-round floor sanding
Our floor sanding team works on both residential and commercial properties. They cater to all kinds of floors, from homes to office suites, restaurants and health care centres, to retail stores, educational facilities, art galleries and government institutions. The floor sanding team will get the job done on different kinds of wood species, from Mahogany and Cherry, all through to Walnut, Chestnut and Oak floors. The personnel has the skills needed for the project, and comes with years of experience to handle the task.
5. Spruce up your floor
The floor sanding team can also continue with the refinishing process. This is from the application of the sealants and wood stains, and even the polishing. The water based finishes that will be used come with their additional advantages like being low in VOC content to ensure that quality of the indoor air is not affected, and they also dry fast. You won’t need to be locked out of your home or seal off sections of your commercial establishment for days. The products used have been certified to be safe for the biodiversity around you. As such you get to enhance the real estate value of your property, impress visitors in your home and customers in your business premises, and also protect your investment.
6. Pocket-friendly floor sanding
We offer affordable floor sanding services without compromising on the quality of the results. That way, you get to complete your floor restoration project without breaking the bank. The costs have been tailored to your specific situation, taking in factors such as the size of the area that is to be worked on, and the wood species involved.
Extra Tips To Take Care Of Your Floor After The Refinishing Process
· Dirt and grime are gritty, and you’ll need to clean your wood flooring regularly. However, be careful about the moisture content of the cloth or mop you use. Avid wet-mopping and also steam mops, since the wood is sensitive to changes in moisture levels.
· Spills should be cleaned up as soon as they occur. You don’t want to leave water standing on the wood, as it can damage its structure. You also want to avoid stains from getting deeply set into the wood. This includes drinks like juice and wine, and also food stains. Your pet’s urine accidents are even more of an emergency. First, the odour spreads quickly and fouls up the place. Secondly, the longer the urine is allowed to remain on the floor, the higher the chances of it corroding the finish and getting to the wood itself. You also don’t want your pet thinking that your living room floor is a suitable area for it to keep relieving itself.
· Abrasives and harsh cleaners are a no-go zone for your wood flooring. They can ruin the finish, or outrightly corrode the underlying wood. Avoid products such as vinegar and ammonia while working on your floor. Stick to the range of products recommended for the type of floor in your establishment.
· In order to control the RH levels in your establishment, you can consider investing in air conditioners and dehumidifiers.
· Train your pet. You can do it yourself if you have the time and enjoy it, all you can get professional trainers. This is to enable you avoid urine accidents on your wood flooring. Your furry friend can also be trained on how to take food and water from the bowl, reducing the amount of messes being created. In addition, you can get a stable bowl- one that doesn’t easily tip over. Also trim the claws of your cats and dogs. For those with excessive fur growing between the pads of the paws, trim it too.
· Protect your flooring from the sun using simple solutions like drapes and blinds. Shutters on the windows work well, and you can even cut down on the amount of radiation coming through the window in the first place using an awning. There are also solutions for the window itself, such as coating it with window film, or getting low-emissivity glass. Both options reduce the UV and IR radiation amounts that are allowed into the building. In addition, after the floor sanding, a finisher with UV- inhibiting properties can be applied.
· Mats are vital. Rugs for entry points, high traffic areas, walk-off mats for people visiting your commercial establishment, all through to rubber mats under the your pet’s food and water bowl. Investing in mats reduces the amount of dirt being tacked into the building and onto the floor, and limits the amount of spills that reach the wood. Regularly wash the mats, and ensure you replace each one when it gets worn out.
· Felt protectors under your furniture items- tables, chairs etc. – will help protect the underlying wood flooring from getting scratched. You should also refrain from dragging heavy items like sofas across the floor, to prevent them from gouging out the surface.
· Get your floor refinished regularly, depending on the traffic levels of the establishment. For instance, residential areas like homes can have it done every 3-5 years.
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Cheap Floor Sanding Services?
First of all we need to establish few things. Do you like your floors? Would you like it to last for many years? Do you care about your family health? Would you like to have floor sanding done every year?
Floor sanding is not a trade that you can just learn as you go. Sanding a quality wood floor with a powerful 50 kg floor sanding machine is not a job for most people. One wrong move and you will manage to dig a nice hole in the middle of your floor. When you hire a cheap floor sanding specialists, you expose your floors to the same risks. Proper floor sanding specialists take up to 5 years to learn how to master the craft. Understanding the wood is the first step in the trade. There are softer woods where little pressure is required and there are hard woods where a lot of pressure is required to remove the existing finish. By using a lot of pressure on a softy wood, you will remove way too much wood from the floor and you will make the floor uneven or by using little pressure on a hard wood, you will work much more than needed for little results. Only people with experience can notice the difference between the types of woods and the types of finishes.
How do you think the floor sanding happens? Just get a floor sanding machine and sand the floor would be the most commune answer. In fact, a floor needs to be sanded 3-5 times with different grit sand paper and it has to be re-sanded even after the first coat of floor varnish was done. Floors that were painted before or floors that have glue on it, it will have to be sanded with 24-40 grit sand paper, then with 60 grit sand paper, then with 100 grit sand paper, then it has to be sealed, then it has to be sanded with 120-150 grit sand paper to remove all the small spikes that got hard in contact with the sealant.
Sanding the floor is the easy part. Finishing the floor is the hard part. When you hire a cheap floor sanding contractor, you take a bit risk. First of all, to achieve that gloss smooth finish, top of the range tools and equipment need to be used. A floor sanding machine can cost 500 or 5000 euro. The quality of the varnish applicator can also decide the quality of the final finish. Floor sanding contractors that charge little money per square meter, it can`t afford to buy quality products or tools.
The floor was sanded and it is ready for finishing. 5 litre of floor vanish can cost 19.99 euro or 120 euro. What is the difference? About 8 to 10 years of wear. When a floor is freshly done, it all looks more or less the same. You will start noticing the difference within 6 months. Quality water based floor varnishes like Tover Uniqua or Bona Traffic HD will get better in time and it will build up a natural look and a cool shine while cheap varnishes will wash away. Also, quality varnishes will bond with the floor, it won`t change the colour when washed and it will not scratch that easy. What you save when you hire a cheap floor sanding contractor, you will pay later when you will have too refinish your floor every year.
How much does floor sanding costs? Well if you ask for a quotation for floor sanding, you will receive expensive quotes & cheap quotes. Here is how much floor sanding costs:
1 standard living room – 20 square meter. A fair price for this job would be 400 euro. In this price you will end up with quality work and long lasting results. But some companies charge 200 euro for the same job.
To do a 20 sq meter job we will need:
5 L of high traffic varnish (80 to 100 euro plus VAT)
20 euro worth of sand paper
1 day work for a sanding specialist (150 euro)
10 euro diesel
Up to now the costs add up to 300 euro for sanding and finishing your floor. Extra costs:
Let`s add all this and make the final cost price 320 euro for the contractor. In 400 euro there is 47 euro VAT. So even if you charge 400 euro for this living room, after you deduct all the costs, you will realise that a professional floor sanding company doesn`t make that much money.
Then you receive the quote for 200 euro for the same job. How is that possible? Here is how:
19.99 euro varnish – guaranteed to last 3-6 months
Floor sanding equipment that generate tones of dust
Like in anything else, you will get what you pay floor. Floor sanding is not window cleaning. When is done, is done and it can`t be done again for a while. Semi solid wood floors can only be sanded 1 to 3 times, depending on the type of floor and the type of floor sanding contractor. Professional floor sanding companies know how much to remove from your floor to make sure that you get 3 sandings from a floor. But ac man paid with 60 euro per day, won`t care that much.
Dublin Floor Sanding repairs a pile of jobs after it was damaged by un-professionals. If you love your floors, pay the fair price for floor sanding.
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Sanding your hardwood floors brings three sessions with continuously lighter coarseness sandpaper. To start, utilize a coarse 30-40 coarseness, then a medium 50-60 coarseness lastly a fine 80-100 coarseness.
For level floors, utilize an arbitrary orbital sander. This sander is less demanding to handle than a drum sander and disposes of directional scratches. Irregular orbital sanders are accessible for lease. For measured or wavy floors, a drum sander is required. Since drum sanders are harder to handle and open the entryway for potential damaging, you may think about enlisting as an expert.
Start in the most distant corner from the entryway. Stack the sander with 30-40 coarseness sandpaper. Begin it and promptly start moving along the grain, one line at once. Inability to start floor sanding Dublin promptly will harm the floor.
When you get to the end of the room, move over and pull back – somewhat covering the principal go by a couple inches. Keep sanding, getting as near the edges as could be expected under the circumstances.
Try not to give the pack a chance to fill more than most of the way before purging. Generally the extra weight of the tidy contrarily influences the sanding of the floor. Also, the pack is lighter, less demanding to handle and less muddled than if you hold up until it’s full.
Subsequent to sanding the rooms inside, sand the edges utilizing a power hand sander stacked with 30-40 coarseness sandpaper.
In the corners, utilize a detail sander likewise stacked with 30-40 coarseness sandpaper.
Once the principal go of floor sanding is finished, vacuum altogether with a brush connection.
Look at the floor. Fill any gouges or gaps with coordinating wood filler.
To monitor your sanding with the second pass, make light pencil checks along the edges of the room. You’ll see where you’ve sanded as you sand away the imprints.
Stack your irregular orbital and hand sanders with medium, 50-60 coarseness sandpaper.
Take after an indistinguishable procedure and example from the primary pass. Utilize the irregular orbital sander in the room’s middle, the hand sander along the edges and the detail sander in the corners. Load the sanders with a fine 80-100 coarseness sandpaper. The fine surface makes a smooth surface. Vacuum altogether utilizing a brush connection and soggy clean to get any residual particles on the floor. Utilize a moist cloth to wipe away overabundance clean from windows, ledges and other auxiliary edges around the room.
In the event that the floor feels harsh in the wake of sanding with the 100-coarseness paper, buff it with a 120-coarseness screen. Buffing with a screen smooths out fine scratches. Take after an indistinguishable example from sanding, working along the grain and getting as near the divider as would be prudent. I don’t know whether it is a good idea to sand your own floors, but I know that Dublin Floor Sanding might do a much better job.
With the passage of time, the floor is scratched and begins to lose its luster or color. Do not worry, there are signs that it should be changed. There are signs that needs floor sanding services. Period then be refinished parquet depends on the traffic to which it is subject and the lake which was finished last time.
Floor sanding Dublin services will start by freeing room will be refinished. To this end it will remove the furniture in the room. The next step consists in removing the skirting or ceiling (as appropriate). It is recommended to replace them with new ones because the passage of time and their removal will definitely affect their quality. We execute and we recommend using polishing machines sander abrasive belt; operation is performed in three successive phases, using abrasive grain with increasingly smoother ones. After these operations move to the grouting operation, an operation that is performed with a resin bond.
Walker lacquering operation will apply a good primer component coating and fast drying wood fiber that strengthens and protects it from contact with water or other liquids. After this step follows the actual varnishing. It is most common method that can be used. It will be finished by brush or roller coating designed to prevent air bubbles in general. In 2 coats of lacquer and each layer before next, we expect the lake to dry and harden; sanding between coats is done with abrasive grit 180-220. Between different types of lake opt for the polyurethane. Dublin floor sanding offers the highest abrasion resistance; in some cases we use water-based paint or organic.
Remember, you cannot change the type of finish. If when it was installed, the floor was finished with varnish, to refinish all be finished with varnish.
Do not tamper timber unless necessary. If the varnish layer on the surface was thinned, it shows cracks or scratched by these affected areas, the floor can absorb moisture from the atmosphere and can swell. In high traffic areas, the floor starts to show signs of wear after 6-8 years. If the lake is still in an acceptable state, scraping floors may be limited to a slight grinding of the entire surface to remove superficial patina, followed by refreshing coat of paint.
If damage is greater floorboards must be reinforced and then move to remove the old layer of varnish by floor sanding Dublin. This is done with an electric scraped using coarse paper (24 or 36). Switching to a finer polishing floors 50-60 with fine grit sandpaper. To narrow spaces (corners, radiators, etc.) use a small car called car edges.
Parquet floor sanding is an operation aimed hardwood flooring or laminate. This operation removes a layer of worn, scratched or damaged. After scraping operation follows grouting floors. This operation is necessary to mask the unsightly appearance of the joints between the parquet elements. Then the floor is varnished. Lakes used can have different properties gloss: glossy, matte or semi-matte. The lake is considered semi-matte or satin is sometimes called silk.
For solid flooring is recommended that after grinding to be varnished as soon as possible so that excess moisture in the atmosphere is not absorbed by it. Apply the first coat of varnish and expects strengthening its minimum 12 hours. Sand, aspirate and clean, then apply a new coat of varnish. Each kind of wood requires a certain type of finish.
Dublin floor sanding may incur while many operations like this, without losing its qualities.
For scraping and varnishing surgery it is recommended to seek specialists who will perform quality work, with professional equipment and performance.
Solid wood flooring (parquet, the floor) I am indeed very beautiful and warm house, but, besides constant care, require periodic reconditioning.
The big problem is that the floors of old houses is unstable and squeaky, parallels what bothers while the owner and creates discomfort.
To solve this problem we can intervene to floor sanding that is placed floor (so-called blind floor). Depending on the severity of the problem we can accomplish this action in three ways:
1. Remove all old flooring, we strengthen the substrate, and replace old flooring bonded with adhesive. Then refinished the whole work (plasters, primers, applying two coats)
2. Identify areas that screech and injecting the resin layer special fixing substrate. Then the final refinishing the surface.
3. Full replacement (the most expensive solution)
1. Sand the surface you wish was a reconditioned with sandpaper grit 150.
2. Clean the dust layer formed and wash the floor or floor surfaces with water and detergent timber.
4. Apply a coat of primer wood in the right shade of paint or lake that you will use to finish.
5. Allow to dry thoroughly primer (minimum 24 hours).
6. After drying the floor sanding Dublin with sandpaper grit 220 for smoothing.
7. Wipe the surface with a cloth soaked in alcohol waste.
8. Apply the first coat of paint or varnish with a brush (experts recommend using a roller brush and not to obtain a smooth and uniform paint layer, grain less).
9. Wait at least 24 hours to complete drying of the first layer of paint.
10. Apply second and third coat of paint, the drying interval of 24 hours between them.
However, Dublin Floor Sanding can do this for you, and you won’t have to lift a finger.
For a more impressive floor, using first a primer and then two coats of paint or lacquer glossy. This type of floor should be maintained but carefully, because the glossy smallest speck of dust is visible and unpleasant. Let them dry for each layer, get it matte it and ends up with the final varnish.
As the grinding, very important is to always start from the opposite corner of the room and not the output of the near corner for the paint to dry as and before the exit.
Emphasizing aims to highlight the grain of the wood fibers. This easy technique can and implemented by skilled floor sanding contractor without any problem. The process is simple, namely: clean good board with a wire brush, working easily, meaning fiber, apply the paste circular sponge fine wire and fill the ribs as you work, wait until it dries, apply a coat of shellac, let it dry and rub final with a wire brush to expose the wood ribs and to prepare the ground for the implementation of special paste. Apply the paste with a sponge circular fine wire and fill the ribs as you work, removes what is extra with a soft cloth dipped in wax and polish colorless surface with soft cloth at the end. Now boards can color gradient with pastel shades of green or blue.
A skilled floor sanding Dublin contractor test before applying on a piece of wood left over from the assembly and will clarify whether the shade is the one you want. As the check is complete, tell the master to coat sample before making a final decision, the dye give different results by applying nail over it.
Now that you’re satisfied with your choice, your master may apply with a brush of 10 cm in width direction of the fiber, fast-moving paint choice.
Wood pigments have protective function and are available in several shades, water-based or solvent. Use carefully water based pigments, they dry quickly, and if not tightened well can stain darker in some places. When freshly scraped paint the floor, previously used a diluted polyurethane varnish. Remember, these are all great tips from Dublin Floor Sanding!