Hardwood floors transform the look of any room in which they are installed. From the dark stained oak to the glossy maple flooring and everything in between, they accentuate the style of your home or business premises. There is a wide range of colourations and wood grains, like teak, cypress and walnut, each coming with its variety of stains to highlight or hide the grain. With hundreds of gradations and designs to choose from, you get to match the decor of your establishment, and complement other items in its environment. The finishes to be applied add to the diversity, from the rough-hewn all through to the high-gloss variations. Whether you want a bright look that opens up the interior space, or a rustic tone that brings a calming look and feel, you have plenty of room to be creative with the installation to set up. It’s not a wonder then that wood installations rank amongst the most sought out flooring types. In addition to the aesthetics, the wood brings more benefits to the premises that makes it well worth its price. For one, it increases the value of the property. Appraisers take the wood flooring into account as they come up with its cost. What’s more, buyers and tenants are scouting for establishments that have it installed, hence shoring up the price. This makes it an investment, since the amounts you have spent to get the flooring are reimbursed, with profit, when making the sale on your property. The appeal that the wood brings to the interior space makes it a gem in the property market, whether you’re a landlord looking for tenants for your apartments, office or retail space, or even an individual homeowner in the process of listing the property.
Wood flooring is also a green choice. Coming from renewable sources, you get to contribute to global concerted efforts aimed at protecting the planet. “But they cut down trees, what makes them eco-friendly?” you ask. Well, for starters, they are sourced from certified sustainable forests. Add to this the high-end nature of the wood floors, plus the constant demand for them, which gives incentives for the manufacturers to put loads of acreage under trees. Then there’s the carbon neutral nature of the wood. As the trees grow, they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, and the carbon content in the wood itself is stored throughout its service life. Moreover, the younger trees that are being grown take in more of the carbon dioxide compared to the older ones, hence reducing the amount of greenhouse gases. Furthermore, the production process that goes into wood flooring produces less pollutants compared to other alternatives like cement and bricks. Its superior insulation properties add to the warmth of the interior space, cutting down on your energy bills, further reducing your carbon footprint. The benefits don’t stop there. Wood is organic, plus doesn’t have electromagnetic properties. This means that it is not a magnet for particles like pet dander and dust, like other coverings such as carpets, which makes the cleaning processes easier. Sweeping and damp mopping is a breeze, compared to the vacuuming and scrubbing that is required for other flooring types. In addition, less chemicals are required for the cleaning process, a stark constant to the reagents and shampoos that are needed for the others. Failing to harbour the particles also enables it to improve the air quality of the indoor environment. The reduced allergens make it a healthy option for establishments with persons susceptible to reactions and with conditions such as asthma and eczema. On top of it all, wood is durable. It can stand up to the high traffic environments, and last a lifetime. However, there is a catch- it needs to be properly maintained. This ranges from the regular cleaning to the periodic refinishing. When it comes to removing the old treatments on the surface of the floor and give it a fresh start, turn to the floor sanding Dublin specialists.
How Your Floor Gets Worn Down
Your floor’s beauty will gradually wear out, not necessarily because of any fault on your part, but because of the barrage of abuse it receives on a daily basis. Factors that lead to the finish wearing down include:
· Dirt and grime
This is broad. It covers everything from the dust particles that settle on the surface to the soiling that’s tracked into the building under people’s shoes. Grit, asphalt particles, all through to the salt from the sidewalk during the snowy days, are abrasive when grinded against the surface of the floor. The higher the number of people that are walking around the establishment, the faster that the degradation will happen, dulling the finish and necessitating the floor sanding.
· Foot traffic
In addition to the soiling they bring, their weight also factors in. Sure, a floor can withstand the load of people walking about, but the shoes they wear determine the actual pressure being applied. Take for instance a 100-pund lady in stilettos. She will have more impact than a fully-grown elephant with each step she takes, simply due to the minimised area on which her entire weight is exerted. This puts strain on the floor finish, causing it to get beat down. Then there are those kinds of footwear that leave behind scratches, such as the spiked shoes. Areas with heavy footfall, from busy homes to the high traffic commercial establishments, ware under more pressure. Households with kids also have to deal with the additional issue of the floor being used as a road for the toys. Those trains and cars that the toddlers are pushing around and holding races with can easily leave scuff marks on the surface. Pets add to the damage. As they run around the premises, their sharp claws dig into the surface of the wood, creating more scratches.
· Heavy furniture
As you set them up or drag them across the surface, your sofas, tables and even bookshelves can scratch or dent the floor finish. Sometimes dirt gets into the glides, which also leads to the scratches. Each time a person is getting up from the dinner table and slides back the chair, there is a risk of scuffs forming. Then there are those instances when one moves the furniture items into the room before the finish coats that had been applied on the floor dry and cure completely. Due to the weight of the items, they sink into the coats and get stuck. And since they will need to be moved again, whether you’re rearranging the room or simply want to clean under them, they will damage the spot and leave the underlying wood unprotected. Some of the pieces may be on wheels, which should ideally be beneficial for your flooring. However, the wheels can get stuck in position, preventing them from rolling on the floor during the move. This will lead to them scratching the surface. Other instances include when dollies that have hard rubber wheels are used to move the heavy objects. The material, coupled with the weight of the object, are a combination that will damage the floor finish.
Food and drink spills will leave patches on the floor surface that ruin its elegance. Whether you’re a parent transitioning your toddler from bottles to cups, hosting a party that ended up ,leaving spots all over the floor, or you have a pet that had a urine accident that created an unsightly blot on the surface, failing to clean up the liquids gives them time to set into the surface, damaging the finish. It can be in the kitchen where frequent spills occur during the food preparation activities, or in the employee lounge at your workplace as your staff take some coffee during their break. From living rooms at home to reception areas at commercial establishments, where there are people there are chances there will be spills. Overtime, as the stains increase in number, they ruin the ambience of the interior space. To bring back the beauty of the flooring, a new finish will have to be installed. Call in the floor sanding Dublin specialists to remove the old ruined coats.
Wood is photosensitive. The UV radiation will actually darken or bleach out the colour of your flooring. The effects depend on the specific type of the wood. Even the finish coats that you apply on it will be affected. The sun’s rays have a yellowing effect on it. That bright hue, rustic tone or glossy appeal gradually gets replaced by an amber tint that takes away the floor’s glamour. This speeds up the aging, causing to lose its shine faster and bringing down the decor of the establishment. This can easily be noticed when you lift a rug from the floor, or move a piece of furniture. Basically, the longer a section has been kept covered with furnishing over it, the darker that spot will appear when compared to the rest of the floor which is exposed to sunlight.
· Floor coverings
These include items like area rugs and mats. Definitely, they are important for when it comes to protecting the surface from dirt being tracked into the building, plus keeping the spills from getting to the underlying wood. However, mismanaging them makes them a threat to the very flooring you are trying to protect. For instance, when they are damp, they affect the moisture balance. Remember that wood is a hygroscopic material due to its cellular structure, and can load up or release moisture depending on the humidity gradient with its surrounding. That damp rug placed on the floor will damage the finish and may even cause it to start peeling off. Then there are aspects such as getting the wrong kind of mat in the first place. For example, those with rubber or vinyl backing when placed on wood flooring can wreak havoc. There are also those rubberised mats and rugs, which actually react with the surface and leave behind stains. The rubber is used to enhance the non-slip attributes. However, it may have “plasticizers”, which end up leaching into the floor and causing discolorations.
· Damage during regular maintenance
Sometimes in the effort to get rid of the dirt and grime on the floor during regular cleaning, one takes the wrong steps that end up ruining the finish. For instance, using oil soaps and waxes, or even furniture polishes, creates a build-up on the surface that actually holds more dirt, instead of giving the floor that clean look that you were aiming for. Going for harsh chemicals like vinegar or ammonia will break down the finish, and require it to be sanded down and refinished. Even using steam mops damages the treatment coats. As the steam mop pushes the water down onto the floor, it tends to cause the finish to bubble up in case the water gets under it. Refinishing will be needed to get rid of the bubbles. Moreover, the high heat levels involved during the steam cleaning can thermally break down the floor’s protective coats. Running the vacuum cleaner with its beater bar turning will leave dents on the surface. Popular dishwashing detergents, those powdered all-purpose cleaners, and also silicone-based products used to clean the floor will damage the finish. Then there are those mishaps that are as a result of DIY or rookie floor finishing process. Mixing incompatible lacquers, or applying them in coats one after the other, can lead to unsatisfactory results. Building up the layers too fast, without allowing the initial coats to dry and get lightly sanded, increases the drying and curing time, which open up the floor to other problems- such as trapping dirt particles that ruin the final outcome. Using contaminated products, whether it’s because the floor was not properly cleaned before applying the floor treatment, or the applicator tools themselves were dirty, means that the finish itself will be affected. You end up having dirt particles, dander and even hair sticking out of the floor. Applying uneven coats causes steaks and blotched patches to develop, and the outcome is unnerving. The good thing is that it’s not a permanent situation. The floor sanding Dublin team will enable you to reverse these effects on your surface, to enable you to get things back in order.
Risks That Come With DIY Floor Sanding
Despite the popularity of DIY jobs, there are plenty of reasons why floor sanding is not one of them. Many consider the task to be easy, but end up giving up midway. Truth be told, it’s one of the most laborious tasks to get involved in, and there is plenty of room for things to go wrong, including:
· Damage to the rented floor sanding machinery
Getting the appropriate sanding tools is the first thing on your list, from the drum and edging sanders to the sandpaper itself. Quality equipment worth its salt doesn’t come cheap. Cutting corners and going for the lower cost alternatives will leave you with equipment that is poorly maintained, out of tune, or simply does not deliver the power needed to get through the multiple layers of finish on your floor. This means the project will take more time than was anticipated, and your floor risks being put out of commission, further inconveniencing you. When it comes to the sandpaper, different grit levels are needed depending on the current state of your floor. Usually people start out at 36 grit, with belt sanders and 50-60 grit with the planetary machines , However, in cases such as those where there is really sticky shellac or mastic on the floor, it can go down to levels of 16 or 12 girt. You also need quality sandpaper, not pieces that will clog up with the finish even before it gets dull. Quantity matters too. Imagine running out of sandpaper and you’re working on the weekend when you can’t get hold of more. So you’ll need to do plenty of research to determine the kinds of equipment you need for your specific project, which will enable you to get things done. After that, you’ll need to track down a store you can rent it from, and probably be forced to wait on a queue since the units are limited, further drawing out the process. Then there are those risks to the machinery and its components. Nails and screw heads on the floor boards will need to be countersunk deeply enough to prevent you from sanding them. Otherwise, other parts of the sanders such as the abrasives, sanding plates and drum can get damaged. While the sander is in your possession, you are liable for any damages to it, which further increases the costs involved and the list of things you should be worrying about. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
· Damaging your floor
Improperly running or tuning the sanding machines leads to a wide assortment of troubles. For starters, drum marks can form on the surface. Chatter marks can also result, which give the flooring a wavy appearance. There are also those mistakes that you can make when manoeuvring the sander over the floor surface. For instance, dropping the drum without having the sander in motion can cause it to spin on one spot. This can create anything from a divot to a large hole in the middle of your floor. That’s certainly not how you planned things to go. This may be simply due to one forgetting to lean the sander onto the back wheels until there isn’t any contact between the floor and the sanding belt before it was turned on. Note that you don’t have much floor thickness to keep making mistakes. On average, other are about just 5mm to flirt with, otherwise you will be reducing how many more times you can have the floor refinished. Perhaps you’ll be too wary of eating through more of the surface than you should, which causes you to make quick passes over the floor. This means that the former coats will not have been sufficiently removed, and will ruin the quality of the results. Going too slow on the other hand, or stopping on one section of the floor for too long, increases the chances of dents forming. Those tiny scratches from the ineffective machinery will be screaming errors one you apply the final coats. When it comes to wood flooring, even the smallest discrepancy becomes a glaring error once the finish coats dry out. Improper edging, scratches and scuff marks on the surface and other blunders will require you to redo the entire process, right from the sanding stage. Uneven areas, hills and ridges that form become dirt collection sites that will be hard to clean, further complicating your everyday life. Calling in the floor sanding Dublin experts will enable you avoid these troubles and skip right through to the finishing part of the restoration project.
· Harming yourself and those around you
You don’t want to rake up your medical bills because of the floor sanding job. That sanding dust generated is a cocktail of trouble. Inhaling the particles will damage your respiratory system, seeing that they go grinding against the soft tissues in the respiratory tract all the way down to the lungs. There’s also the chemicals used for the floor treatments. The finishes contain all kinds of compounds, from solvents to adhesives, which can trigger asthma and allergies, or cause damage to entire systems like the nervous and reproductive systems. Lacking the proper safety gear exposes you to different effects, whether you’re inhaling the particles or they’re landing on your skin. What of your eyes? When the dust containment systems of the sanding gear that you have rented are not effective, or you even lack gear such as goggles, there is the risk of the particles getting into your eyes and causing irritation. In case it’s chips of wood flying into your eyes, then that’s whole different ballpark that can cause severe damage to your vision. You also don’t want your hearing abilities getting impaired. The floor sanding machinery is loud, and you’ll be pushing it around floor long. Without ear plugs or similar protective equipment, your ear drums are at risk. Add to this the amount of back breaking work involved. The floor sanding machinery is heavy, since it’s needed to exert high pressure on the ground. Pushing it around for hours is a sweaty job, and all that time you’ll be spending it on your feet. Since it’s a DIY job, this can go on for weeks before you’re done. Avoid the risk and hustle by relying on the floor sanding Dublin professionals.
Reasons To Hire Professional Floor Sanding Dublin Services
1. Dustless process
You don’t want a dust storm in your establishment. Those particles covering your walls, floors, furniture, light fixtures, getting into your air conditioning unit and even sinks, and doing down your plumbing system, is not how you want things to go. With our dustless floor sanding Dublin systems, you won’t have to worry about any of that. This is more than just the ordinary collection bags that come with the sanders. High-powered vacuum systems are connected to the sanding machinery using hoses, delivering powerful suction to pick up both fine and coarse sanding dust particles the moment they are formed. This keeps them from getting into the airspace and from settling on the surfaces around the establishment. The sanding equipment itself packs a punch. It has the power needed to sand through to the bare wood, removing the old finish, deep scratches and stains, leaving the wood appearing new again. The pores of the wood surface will be opened up, preparing them to receive the new treatment coats, and form strong bonds to enhance the quality of the results. In addition, the uniform surface that will be formed will enable even coats to be applied onto the surface. We are continuously investing in the latest floor sanding technology in order to stay on top of the game, delivering quality results each time.
2. Professionalism and experience
Our floor sanding team is fully trained and comes with years of experience, enabling them to provide satisfactory results. They are punctual, sticking to the set schedule, and will handle your establishment with the care it deserves. After all, you don’t want to allow just anybody on your property. The floor sanding services are offered across the scope, ranging from residential establishments-townhouses, apartments condominiums and the like, all through to educational facilities like schools’ classrooms, libraries and campus halls, recreational centres such as gymnasiums, dance and yoga studios, entertainment centres like art galleries, all through to health facilities including drug stores and nursing homes. Our personnel have a vast knowledge base and skill set to handle the diverse needs, and will treat you courteously to ensure that you are satisfied with the full spectrum of our service delivery.
3. Takes away the burden
First, three’s the load of risks as seen earlier with the DIY job. On top of the juggling acts to avoid the damages to your property and injury to yourself, there’s the amount of time involved. Without the tools and experience needed, an afternoon-job can last you a week. You don’t want that kind of inconvenience to your home and/or work life. If you’re sanding different sections of your home and still living in it at the same time, there will be those constant distractions from kids, social calls from your neighbours and friends, and other activities that you’ll need to do around the house. You may have decided to temporary move out and rent out a place, or stay in a hotel, while the task is being completed. In case of any mishap, the length gets time you’ll need to stay out increases, which also racks up the costs you spend. What’s more, you don’t want to spend your free time and days off-duty from work dealing with the sweat-filled floor sanding job. There are dozens of other things to do, that you are no doubt more interested in- whether it is going out to the park, throwing a picnic with your friends and family, having a digital scavenger hunt or going camping, spending quality time with your significant other, playing games with your kids, or even seeing the sights and sounds, touring your own community or going all out on a cruise, catching the league games with your buddies, heading out to the beach or grabbing some fishing gear and seeing how well you can cast a line, or finding a quiet spot to get through that latest novel from your favourite author. Let our floor sanding Dublin professionals take the load off your back and free you to do that which appeals most to your heart. If the floor restoration project is in your business premises, the amount of time that will be taken by a DIY or a rookie job can grind your operations to a halt. This ranges from the noise generated, to the inconvenience of sealing away sections of your establishment, preventing persons from accessing your products and services. For those looking to move into a new place you don’t want your plans to be messed up because of prolonged project. You already have plenty on your plate, ranging from collecting records such as medical, dental, school and even veterinarian records and having them transferred to your new location, setting inventories of your items to avoid them getting lost along the way, ordering boxes and moving supplies and starting the packing process, notifying utility services including electric, water, gas, cable/satellite, plus trash collection services, at your current or future locations to have them cancelled, transferred or have new ones set up, and even getting in touch with your insurance provider, credit card companies, and updating your shipping and billing addresses for your subscriptions, getting a moving company, all through to finalising the terms of your end-of-lease agreement with your current landlord. Dealing with the stresses from the floor sanding job will make it all boil over. Are you a realtor or a property manager planning to have a property ready for viewing within a specific time? You don’t want your advertisements, client calls, and schedules all going down the drain because the floor restoration job didn’t go as planned, forcing your to postpone or cancel. You’ll end up damaging your brand and losing the goodwill of your clients. Prevent this from happening by turning to the floor sanding specialists.