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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Professional Floor Sanding Services For You
Wood floors are in their own league of elegance when it comes to interior décor. It’s not a wonder then that home and business owners go out of their way to get the perfect installation for their establishment. They all have different reasons. However, aesthetic ranks amongst the top. And since there is an extensive range of trees and types of wood available, plus different techniques used in the processing- from solid to engineered wood floors, you get to choose the kind that suits your décor. It’s a world of colours, intricate grain patterns, and a vast pool of designs that enable you to bring out the exact look and feel you desire. The wood exudes sophistication and grandiose, adding glamour and bringing a natural feel to the interior space. Even persons with allergies get to benefit. The wood does not hide harmful particulate matter. When it comes to cleaning, you also get a boost. They are easier to maintain compared to carpeting. And since the wood is a naturally occurring resource that can be reforested, you get to make a sound ecological choice when setting up the floor. Then, of course, there’s that timeless appeal that the wood floors are famous for. The wood never goes out of style. Everything else- from carpets to tiles, goes in and out of fashion depending on prevailing trends. However, wood has an appeal that has lasted for centuries. It also increases the value of the building. Whether you’re a real estate agent looking for tenants or buyers of your residential or commercial space, or you’re a homeowner sprucing things up to put it on the market next month, the wood floor will enable you to rake in more profit from the deal. For all their glamour, wood floors still endure a lot of abuse. From everyday wear due to people walking on it all through to natural phenomenon, it reaches a time when it needs to be refinished to retain the glamour and appeal. You won’t need to pull out the boards of the floor and replace them. Simply refinish it. It all starts with the floor sanding.
The wood floor installation has layers of protection over it- coatings such as wood stains, plus sealants and lacquers. They serve different functions, from enhancing the colour of the underlying grain, to increasing the strength and durability of the floor. This is to enable wood to withstand the traffic it handles, plus the items that are constantly dropped onto it. The compounds have been designed to be hardwearing. However, you can’t keep adding layers on top of layers of finishes. When the current coatings deteriorate, simply adding an extra coat will not have the outcome you desire. The old has to go to make way for the new. That’s the job of the floor sanding team. In a nutshell, they give your floor a fresh new beginning. It’s preparing the surface for the treatments that will follow. It’s just like you and lotions. After a long day at work, you don’t just oil up your body. You take a nice shower, get rid of the previous lotions and creams that you had applied, freshen up, and then add the new material. Otherwise, you’d end up feeling all clammed up and uncomfortable. The floor sanding is an involving and laborious process. This guide will help you understand how it works and how you are set to benefit from it.
When Your Floor Takes A Turn For The Worse
The wood flooring is usually under intense pressure. Take the kitchen for instance. It’s one of the busiest rooms in the house, with people constantly walking in and out of it, spilling water, dropping things, and moving furniture. Different factors cause it to lose its appeal with time, necessitating a touching up. These factors include:
1. Foot traffic
People track in things into the home or commercial space under their shoes. The dirt is gritty, and wears down the surface of the floor. In addition, during wintertime, salt or calcium chloride tend to get tracked onto the floor from the snow and ice outside. Salt is usually used on the slick sidewalks to protect people from falling, and ends up getting picked by the soles of the shoes. When they get into the building, the salt is deposited onto the wood, and can cause serious damage, sometimes needing specialised cleaners with calcium chloride removal capabilities. Then there are those that come in heels and shoes that scuff and scratch the floor. Take spike-heel stilettos for instance. They exert numerous pounds of pressure per square inch, straining even the toughest floors. Shoes with rubber bottoms on the other hand leave behind marks that ruin the beauty and appeal of the flooring.
Your furry friend is a welcome addition to the family. However, the cats and dogs can wreak havoc onto the floor, thanks to their claws. They scratch it up, causing gouges to form. A common cause is the pets playing indoors; there are also those dogs and cats that have so much fur between their paw pads, such that they tend to slip easily whenever it grows out. As such, they try to dig into the floor with the claws to compensate for the lack of traction. Then there are those issues like vomit, urine, and messes from excess food and water on their plate. When you catch the urine puddle the moment it is formed and clean it up while it is still fresh, the problem is minimal. When left to stand, the urine decomposes, and that’s where the trouble is. It becomes more alkaline, and corrosive, eating through the floor finishing. The problem increases when the pet decides to have marked the spot. They continue using it, and you end up getting greeted with fresh ammonia stenches regularly.
It brightens up the interior space, but also affects the wood finish, plus the natural colour of the species. It basically yellows and dulls it. For some wood species, this adds an antique look and feel, while for others it’s an annoying effect that ruins the décor of the establishment. It all depends on the photosensitivity of the species. It’s just like how humans react differently to solar radiation- some get tanned faster, others slower and some develop skin burns quickly while out in the sun. Ultraviolet radiation (UV) causes fading because of the light itself, while the infrared light (IR) causes fading due to its heat. The effect of the fading is easily noticeable when comparing between a part of the floor that was covered by furniture or a mat, and another that was exposed to direct sunlight.
Where do you live? Where is the business premises located? The prevalent climatic conditions affect the wood in different ways. Why? It’s hygroscopic, due to its cellular structure. This basically means that the wood absorbs and releases moisture depending on its gradient with the relative humidity (RH) level in the environment. When the RH level decreases like during the cold season and when you’re dry heating the establishment, the moisture content in the wood decreases. This causes the boards to contract, leading to gap developing in between the boards. How permanent the gap would be depends on the severity of the moisture loss, and the length of time in which it took place. Ideally, the gap should close up during the humid spring and summer months but repeated expansion and contraction causes the gaps to feature more permanently. Sometimes the board’s edges can curl (cup) upwards. Crowning, on the other hand, is the opposite of cupping, and occurs when the floor board’s center is higher that the edges. When the RH levels are high, the boards can even swell against each other and buckle up. The subfloor even has an effect. For instance, concrete slabs tend to allow moisture to migrate up to the wood flooring, causing anything from cupping to outright delamination of the ply layers. Getting floor sanding experts to fill up the gaps ensures that the right amount of filler is used, preventing your wood flooring from getting damaged.
5. Water damage
It’s not just the fluctuating moisture in the atmosphere levels that are of concern. Anything from drink spills during that party in your home or the coffee break at the workplace, to flooding incidents due to plumbing leaks can affect the flooring. Water damage from spills is more common, especially when it is allowed to sit for long on the surface. This includes those moments when your kids come into the house from the pool, running inside and standing right in front of the door- the puddles formed affect the flooring.
Which Floors Can Get Sanded?
The floor sanding is carried out on all kinds of wood species, from the exquisite Cherry, the popular Maple that has been in use since the colonial era, the antique Walnut with its rich hue that lights up the interior space, the durable and stable Oak, it’s Brazilian counterpart known as the Amendoim, the soft Pine and bold Ash flooring, the Hickory with its unique grain patterns and colour variations, all through to the straight grained Birch with its uniform texture, the Tigerwood with its intense colouration, fine-grained Timborana, and even the Acacia flooring, which is one of the hardest hardwoods on the planet. Whether its solid hardwood, engineered flooring, hand scraped, click-locking or character grade, the floor sanding team will be up to the task.
You can have your floor sanded for plenty of reasons. It’s all about the condition of the surface. The floor finish may be completely worn down especially on the bare wood sections due to high human traffic. It can be cracking or peeling, or you may be looking to change the colour of the floor. In such cases, a complete refinishing is advised. There are also those occasions when the floor had been previously finished, and begins showing signs of wear. However, there is no chipping or peeling, and the worn out areas are just barely detectable. In such cases a simple floor sanding and recoating will suffice. On the other hand, when it is a new unfinished flooring, sanding it down will enable you to prepare it for the coats to apply.
How Sanding Dust Affects Your Health
The sanding dust produced and released into the indoor air space puts the health of your family members at home, or the customers and employees in your working place, at risk. For starters, there’s the coughing and sneezing, caused by just the presence of the dust. That’s why when you walk into a room after a DIY floor sanding you can barely breathe. That discomfort is just a tip of the iceberg. You also have to worry about chemicals that form part of the composition of the wood itself, or those chemical substances in the wood created by organisms such as bacteria or moulds. There are also those substances from the previous finish that have been broken down. Sensitivity to these chemicals can cause anything from reactions like asthma, to dermatitis. When some of the toxins get inhaled, they can get absorbed into other systems of the body through the lungs. Sometimes they can even permeate through the skin or digestive tract. For instance, toxins from hardwoods like Teak and Mansonia can cause breathlessness, cramps, giddiness and even irregular heartbeat.
Floor sanding dust usually collects in the nose, and this will lead to anything from sneezing and developing a runny nose (rhinitis), to nose bleeding or complete nasal blockage. You don’t want your sense of smell being impaired because you got your floor sanded. The chemicals in hardwoods and softwood floors are irritants, and since they are easily spread in the dust, affect the eyes, and also throat. Tearing, conjunctivitis (an inflammation of the mucous membranes of your eye), or even soreness of the throat may be experienced. At the lungs, it causes decreased lung capacity, and triggers allergic reactions like hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is an inflammation of the walls of the air sacs and small airways, or occupational asthma. The hypersensitivity pneumonitis is caused by particles from moulds and bacteria, and the initial symptoms such as headache, nausea, and fever symptoms can occur within hours or after several days. Long term exposure causes tightness of the chest. The decreased lung capacity is brought about by the irritation of the lung tissue. This will cause your airways to narrow, which cuts down on the amount of air being taken into the lungs, resulting in the breathlessness. It’s a long term effect. When it comes to the skin, the chemicals in the floor sanding dust cause it to become red and itchy, dry, and there may be blisters. The more the exposure, persons can get sensitised and develop allergic dermatitis. This can be caused by dust from different kinds of wood floors, ranging from Rosewoods and Mahogany, Douglas fir, and Pine, all through to Birch. You don’t want to be left struggling with the discomfort of the sanding dust, or coughing out loads of money to pay for medical bills. The problem can be averted from the onset by bringing in the dustless floor sanding team.
How Floor Sanding Works
The goal here is to get to the bare wood. First, the floor is prepared for the sanding. It’s given a thorough vacuuming to remove the dirt and debris on it. It is then inspected for loose boards and nails sticking out. The nail heads are driven below the wood’s surface. This is to prevent fire incidences caused by sanding exposed nails, as they can create sparks that will ignite the particles in the sander dust bag. It also protects the machine components such as the sanding plates from getting damaged. Loose floor boards are nailed/ glued again. The team also takes care of those elements with visible nicks and splinters.
The floor sanding team comes with high powered machinery such as sanders, and use them to break down the surface material. It’s an intricate process where different measures have to be met. For starters, there’s selecting the right sander for your floor. These are heavy equipment designed to apply pressure and make the processes go faster. The floor sanding team will have the right tool to work on your floor without damaging the underlying boards. Then there’s sanding in the direction of the grain. As the sander is moved, overlapping the passes ensures that each area is covered. Working the floor sanding machinery requires skill, with techniques like how to position the sander belt coming into play. This is in order to achieve an even result. Relying on the professional floor sanding team also enables you to avoid mistakes, like stopping to move the sander whilst it’s still in operation, which can end up damaging the floor. Sanding blocks or electric palm/hand sanders can be used by the personnel to work on the edges. Edgers are efficient when it comes to sanding along the baseboards, and reaching areas whether the drum sander cannot work around, such as closets. For tricky areas like around doors and cased openings, the sanding blocks can still be used with hand scraping, or an electric oscillating sander can be employed. Care is taken to ensure that the grit level used is the same with that of the drum sander. Skill also features here, since the sanders will have to be used in a circular fashion when running with the grain, or against it, and overlapping to ensure uniformity. The number of sanding cuts used, in addition to the screening and discing, depends on the type of flooring, and the amount of thickness that is to be sanded down.
In order to prevent sanding marks from forming on your floor, various measures at taken. First is to ensure that the machines are properly maintained, and no parts are soiled, damaged or worn out. Secondly, the floor sanding personnel employ the machine operations uniformly, and adapt to the unique conditions of your floor. Pressure is a critical factor in the sanding process, and the professional team adheres to the rules of the procedure. There isn’t any additional weight placed on the machine, the rear portion of the sander is not lifted using the handle during the sanding, and even the lowering lever is not pressed down in the middle of the operation. The rest falls on the technicalities. For instance, the floor sanding pressure is set to match the abrasive grit being used. The sanding wheel are positioned to enable the sanding drum to sand in the center. For the edge sanding machines, the wheel setting used depends on the attachment. The sanding plate is set in a suitable inclination to prevent them from digging into the wood. Even the displacement between sanding paths is monitored, and the sanding direction selected to match the pattern in which the wood flooring was laid. Every detail is taken into consideration, including lifting the sanding drum from the floor before turning the machine on or off. All this is carried out to ensure superb floor sanding results are obtained.
Benefits Of Hiring Expert Floor Sanding Services
1. Dustless process
You don’t want the items in your home being covered in dust. Neither do you want to spend hours shifting your belongings or clearing out your shelves. From the bookcases and cabinets, artwork and electronic appliances, all through to the closets at home, trophies in your office suite, or even those vases in the reception area in your business premises, they should be protected. Our team uses high-powered vacuums attached to the floor sanding equipment to suck up all the dust as soon as it is formed, preventing it from getting into the air. The system takes the particles out of the home, preserving the indoor air quality and keeping your artefacts and furnishings clean. The display goods, work desks, and other surfaces in your office building, retail store, spa, gymnasium or other commercial establishment will be safe. As a welcome bonus you get to avoid plumbing and electrical system malfunctions caused by dust getting into the HVAC units, sinks and drainage. This also means that you won’t need to vacate your house, or struggle with a difficult clean-up after the floor sanding is completed. Both the coarse and fine floor sanding dust particles are suctioned away, protecting the health of your family members at home, plus the staff and customers in your commercial premises.
2. State-of-the-art equipment
The floor finishing is designed to withstand abrasion. As such, it needs powerful equipment to sand down all through to the bare wood. Our floor sanding team comes fully equipped with top-of-the-range equipment that breaks down even the toughest layers of finishing. The machinery is well maintained and ensures that the process is carried out in an efficient and timely manner. Components such as the sanding belts ensure that the surface left behind is smooth and ready to receive the preferred treatment. The floor sanding process opens up the pores of the wood, ensuring that subsequent applications of wood stain or sealants strongly bond with the surface.
3. Eliminate gaps
Tired of the grooves that your furry friend clawed into the floor? The scratches can also have been formed by furniture being dragged across it. The unsightly marks can be removed as part of the floor sanding process. This not only optimises the final result, but it also helps to reduce the amount of material that will be used when treating the surface of the wood. The personnel scan for crack and joints before the final sanding step. They will be clearly visible, and their depth can be accurately assessed. The team will then proceed to fill in the cracks using the recommended filler for your floor, which will be applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This is prepared by mixing some sanding dust with the filler solution, creating a pasty compound. This is to ensure that the colouration of the wood floor is retained, and the filler matches its attributes. The entire flooring is filled, completely closing the joints and restoring the uniform look and feel of the floor. The personnel ensure that the filler penetrates the joints well for optimal results. They are skilled in the process, and avoid applying too thick of a paste, thus ensuring that the subsequent sanding takes as short amount of time as possible.
4. Versatile services
We offer both domestic and commercial wood floor sanding services. From apartments and townhouses, simplexes, triplexes and everything in between, all through to hotels, malls, gymnasiums, nursing homes, government institutions and even public libraries. They will get your floor sanded to quality standards. The floor sanding process is carried out on hardwoods and softwoods alike. Our team comes with the expertise required for the job, and will handle it with the utmost courtesy and professional standards.
5. Refinish your floor
Once the floor sanding is complete, the team can apply the treatment option of your choice. The water based finishes that will be used dry fast and preserve the indoor air quality. The treatment products, from the wood stains and sealants all through to the lacquers, have met strict regulation standards on environmental safety and sustainability. They come in different colourations and glosses, and the floor sanding crew will offer you the necessary information to make the decision most suitable for your enterprise, and one that meets your unique taste. This enables you to enhance the value of your property. Visitors dropping by to visit you will be awed by the beauty and elegance of your home, and you also get to give your customers a positive impression about your business.
6. Budget-friendly services
You get all these quality services at affordable costs. The pricing factors in your particular situation, such as the type of wood floor and size of the rooms.
Tips To Maintain Your Floor After Refinishing
· Clean your wood floor with a lightly damp cloth/mop, using the recommended cleaning product for your floor. This is to avoid moisture problems like cracks, cupping, crowning or buckling. Avoid drenching the mop.
· Avoid using harsh cleaners and abrasives when cleaning your wood flooring. This includes vinegar, ammonia, powdered all-purpose cleaners, and even dish-washing detergent. Use products that have specially been designed for your particular type of floor. Also limit the use of steam mops.
· It is recommended that you invest in air conditioning systems and dehumidifiers for your establishment in order to control relative humidity levels, to prevent gaps from forming in the wood.
· Clean up food and drink spills immediately they occur- whether it’s the dinner table, or your pet’s feeding area. Allowing the spills to seep into the seams of the floor boards can lead to unsightly water damage.
· For homeowners with pets, investing in proper training or your furry friend will enable you to avoid food and urine accidents that mess up the wood. In addition, routinely clip and trim the claws of your pet to avoid those pesky scratches on the floor. Keep the fur between cat’s or dog’s paw pads trimmed to prevent from slipping. For the pet’s dining habits, simple solutions such as getting a stable bowl for the water to prevent spillage, and investing in a waterproof and durable mat under the food and water bowls, will enable you to protect the underlying wood. Mats that are made of materials such as rubber are quite popular because they help in keeping the feeding and drinking bowls from moving around.
· In order to prevent the wood flooring from getting scratched by your furniture, you can consider using felt protectors under the feet of tables, chairs, and other heavy items. In addition, avoid dragging furniture and other large items across the wood floor. Lift and carry, or use hand trucks.
· Invest in slip-proof rugs and mats in halls, entry ways and other areas that handle higher levels of foot traffic.
· Wash and replace the mats rugs and felt protectors as needed.
· Clean up pet urine accidents as soon as they happen. This will prevent permanent stains from forming, and protect the wood finish from getting corroded. You don’t want your furry friend marking that spot for regular use, since the underlying wood won’t be able to survive the onslaught.
· Refinish your wood flooring as needed. High traffic areas, and residences with pets will require stronger and more durable finishes. The products should be tough, catalysed with cross links that offer stronger resistance to wear and tear.
· Get the floor sanding and recoating done regularly- at least every 3-5 years, or more frequently depending on the traffic patterns and wear. You don’t need to wait until the wear is extensive.
· To protect the wood floors from fading due to solar radiation, different measures can be taken. It all comes down to the windows, since they are the main source of sunlight into your establishment. For new windows, you can install low-E (low emissivity) glass, which will reduce that amount of UV and IR radiation getting into the building. For existing windows, you won’t need to replace them. Simply apply a window film to the inside of the windows, to achieve a similar effect as the low-E glass. And there’s also the solution of simply using window coverings, such as blinds, drapes or even shutters to keep the light out. Awnings will stop the sun’s harmful radiation from reaching the floor by blocking it even before it gets to the windows. They come in different styles-both stationery and retractable- and you can get the one that suits your house or commercial premises, In addition, you can move around your furniture regularly, to allow uniform exposure to sunlight, and achieve a consistent colouration throughout the room. As an extra step of protection, get the floor finished using products that have UV inhibitors.
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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!
Floor sanding specialist get asked a lot of questions, here are just some of the most frequent asked one, but if you have any questions that are not found here, feel free to leave them in the comments and the floor sanding specialists will answer them.
Would I be able to stay in my home while you are floor sanding and cleaning?
Amid the underlying phase of floor sanding you can stay in your home, however in the last phases of floor sanding Dublin we suggest that you discover elective settlement as you can’t stroll on the floor and the scent is exceptionally solid if dampness cured polyurethane is utilized.
My Timber floors have a considerable measure of staples in them, will you deal with these?
You can either expel them painstakingly yourself with pincers – make an effort not to break them. Else, they may require crushing off (which we do with a little processor) before floor sanding specialist begin their work.
To what extent will it take for the odor to go?
Once the floor sanding procedure is finished and you can get in and open up the spot to ventilate, the odor ought to be gone in around 24 to 48 hours. Try not to shower any sort of mist concentrates like air fresheners or fly splash as this can arrive on the polyurethane and cause a response. We don’t prescribe the utilization of warmers to accelerate the drying time. Is this a colossal flame hazard, as well as it can harm the polyurethane and the strong wood flooring. Keep in mind, 3 days for the polyurethane to completely cure.
To what extent do cleaned timber floors last?
At the point when legitimately kept up, cleaned timber floors can endure forever. All things considered cover should be supplanted each 10 or 12 years. Each cleaned timber floor ought to be returned to between 10 years if wear is demonstrating then a re-coating might be prescribed.
How far ahead of time if I Book in with you
We suggest you book in when you have an affirmed date. For the most part, two weeks is normally enough notice.
When can I lay carpets?
It is prescribed that the floor sanding and cleaning to be done to start with, in a matter of seconds took after by the rug. New cover can make a ton of undesirable clean that can influence the wet polyurethane, consequently giving it a dusty dotted completion.