Floor Sanding Services
Let’s talk about floor sanding services. You have noticed your beloved wooden floors looking dull and tired by the day and you cannot explain what is going on. Or maybe you are sick and tired of the orangey-yellow coloured sealer on your wooden floors that has transformed your oak floors into a honey coloured type of wood. Also possible, discolorations all over the floor without a clear reason. There must be something wrong with your house, otherwise you are going nuts. Relax. There is nothing wrong with your house and you have not done anything wrong. In this article we will explain to you why these things happen to your floors, what can you do to extend the periods between floor refinishing and what we can do to restore your floors. There are thousands of people just like you. So here we go.
Floor Sanding Services | What Is That Yellow Finish On My Wooden Floors?
Most wooden floors older than 10 years are very yellow. That yellow is not the natural colour of the wood at all. Most of the wooden floors installed before 2010, were sealed with a solvent based floor lacquer or solvent based primer. These primers react with the UV light, cleaning products and humidity and over time change colour from a clear finish to a yellow-honey finish. The floor is not permanently damaged in any way, just the colour of it is not very appealing. Especially if you have invested a lot or your hard earned cash into an oak floor just to end up with a mustardy looking floor. The issue can be easily resolved by sanding the floor and sealing the surface with a water based floor lacquer that contains no solvent so the same issue will not happen again.
Solution : Use a water based floor lacquer to avoid such issues.
Floor Sanding Services | Black Dots & Black Lines All Over My Wooden Floors
This is a very common problem. A relatively newish floor ending up looking all dotty and marked. In this case it is your own fault. Most wooden floors are sealed with some kind of finish. Some wooden floors are sealed with solvent based floor lacquers, some are sealed with water based floor lacquers and others are sealed with hardwax oils or floor oils. The main job of these sealers is to keep humidity away from the wood to avoid water damage over time. As you use the floor, the sealer is likely to get scratched and damaged. Some scratches are very small and nearly invisible to the naked eye. Especially the ones caused by excited pets. From here trouble starts. Most people would start washing the floor with a mop full of water. The scratches created by the pets are very deep and the wood is now exposed in places. The minute the water from the mop gets in contact with the wood, the process of decomposition starts. The water will get under the sealer and it will start exfoliating it. Within a couple of days, the small and insignificant scratches will change colour and the wood is damaged permanently. The same applies when you use high heels on your wooden floors. The sharp point of the heel will penetrate the sealer and the wood is fully exposed. As you wash the floor, you cause wood damage or black spots. Those black spots cannot be removed with a chemical. The floor has to be sanded and re-varnished.
Solution: Sand the floor and refinish the floor.
Prevention: Do not use a lot of water on the wooden floors, cut your pets nails, refresh your wooden floors as often as possible & use Bona Wood Floor Cleaner to maintain your wooden floors. This product contains no water.
Floor Sanding Services | Wood Bleaching
After a few years of use, you have just removed a rug from the middle of the room and surprise, the area where the rug was positioned is a different colour than the rest of the floor. It looks bad and you are looking for some way of sorting it out. Bad news. It cannot be repaired without sanding. The area under the rug was not washed, exposed to light or used as much as the rest of the floor. Most of the floor has aged nicely and has achieved a unique colour, while the area under the rug has stayed the same. The only way of getting rid of the discoloration is to sand the whole floor and refinish it. Sanding just that particular area is nearly impossible & matching that aged color is even harder.
Solution : The floor has to be fully sanded and recoated.
Prevention : Don’t put rugs on wooden floors. If you really want a rug, move it around once in a while. Even worse, do not put rubber mats on wooden floors. Many people place rubber mats at the garden doors to protect the wood floor. But these rubber mats are a very bad idea for wooden floors. Constant humidity on a wooden floor. Please avoid any type of mats, rugs or any floor cover.
Floor Sanding Services | Gap Filling
We always recommend our customers to consider getting the gap filler done. Especially when the upper floors are being refinished. The gap filler is handy for three main reasons:
Draught : while the floors were carpeted, the draught or the ventilation between the floorboards was kept below the floor. But after the old carpets or whatever type of floors you might have had, was removed, the draught will now start moving all over the house. As you watch tv or relax on the sofa, you will notice that your feet are freezing. By filing all the gaps with our special gap filler, you will stop the draught and you will seal the draught below the floor.
Spills : any type of liquid spilled on the floor will end up on your downstairs ceiling or even worse, on your electrical system below the floorboards. Imagine having to re-paint your ceilings every time you or one of your family members spills something on the floor. Imagine having to call an electrician every time a spill happens. By filling the gaps between the floorboards you prevent such issues.
Dirt : an unsealed gap is like a magnet for dust, hair, skin flakes and many other types of dirt. Anything that falls between the floorboards will get stuck there. But there is only so much residue that can fit in these narrow spaces before it will start putting pressure on the electrical system and the piping system that runs below your floorboards. Imagine 1 inch of dust right on the top of your spotlights. Is only a matter of time before it will overheat and a fire will start. You can easily avoid such issues by sealing the gaps between the floorboards.
Many people ask about the durability of the gap filling and how it is done. Well, how long will it last? This answer is it varies and it depends on a number of other factors. The floor flexibility and its movements are the main factors relating to the durability of the gap filling. A highly flexible wood floor with a soft base will not last as long as a stable hardwood floor fixed to a steady concrete base. The more it moves, the faster the gap filler will crack. The next important factor for the durability of the gap filling is the size of the gaps. While most manufacturers of solvent, alcohol or water based gap fillers recommend it for gaps up to 0.4-0.6 mm, bigger gaps can also be filled but anything over 0.6 mm gaps should be filled with a solvent or alcohol gap filler. Another essential factor for the durability of your gap filler is the level of traffic. A high traffic wooden floor used by hundreds of people daily is likely to get damaged much faster than a low traffic hardwood floor fitted in a residential unit. So in summary, the durability and life expectancy of your newly gap filled floor will depend on the flexibility of your floor, size of the gaps & the level of usage.
So what is gap filling and how is it done? A gap filler is a solvent, alcohol or water based liquid that has to be mixed up with the wood dust generated from the sanding of your own floor. This fine quality wood dust has to be mixed up with the gap filler until a thick consistency is achieved. This thick consistency has to be used to fill up the gaps between the floorboards. Using a special applicator, the product has to be pushed between the gaps until the gaps look filled and flat. A number of sandings have to take place to remove the excess gap filler and create a perfect smooth finish.
Water Based Gap Fillers : the water based gap fillers are usually recommended for parquet floors or very small gaps. The water based gap fillers take a bit longer to dry and are odourless. If mixed right and applied right, the gap filling mixture should dry and look like the floor itself. The same colour. While some people prefer water based gap fillers, others prefer the solvent or alcohol ones. The water based gap fillers are recommended for “fix” & “steady” floors without a lot of movement.
Solvent Based Gap Fillers : the solvent based gap fillers are known for very fast drying times and high flexibility. The solvent based gap fillers are usually used for large commercial flooring projects. The solvent based gap fillers have a strong odour while wet but it wears off when it dries. Another advantage of the solvent based gap fillers is the fact that larger gaps can be filled with it and are suitable to use on flexible hardwood floors. While some people prefer solvent based gap fillers, others prefer water based gap fillers.
Alcohol Based Gap Fillers : the alcohol gap fillers work pretty much like the solvent based gap fillers but have less odour. Quick drying, highly flexible and suitable for heavy duty use. The alcohol gap fillers’ main advantage is that it maintains the original colour of the wood, is less polluting and it is very easy to use.
If you are getting old original floorboards restored, you should definitely consider gap filling. A professionally done gap filling provides so many benefits that it would be silly not to have it done. Getting gap filling done is not expensive at all. Bear in mind, the gap filling has to be done after the floor is sanded. You cannot apply gap fillers over pre-existing finishes. Solvent based gap fillers will burn down your floor finish if the wood is not sealant free. For small gap filling jobs you can also use ready mixed gap fillers & join fillers like Carver Seal or Bona Gapmaster.
Floor Sanding Services | Wood Staining
A great way of leveling colours or achieving “rich” colours on cheap floor boards, is with the help of a professional wood stain. Not all wood stains are the same and not all wood stains will transform your wooden floors into a natural looking finish. We much prefer the way oil based wood stains look. Our company uses mainly Carver Primol Wood Stains and Tover Tintoretto Wood Stains. Between those two brands we can provide our customers with about 60 different colours of stain.
There is a lot of misinformation about wood stains and there is a lot of confusion about how to use and where to use wood stains. We will explain the whole process in detail. As we do not use water based wood stains at all, we will only focus on the oil based wood stains.
A wood stain is a colour. Basically, if your wooden floorboards are all different colours (a mixture of old and new floorboards) or if you try to match some colours (floors with furniture or floors with walls), then you can use a wood stain to do that. A wood stain is a deep penetrating sealer that gets inside the wood fiber and it changes the colour of the wood. Most of the wood stains have 0 protective qualities so have to be overcoated with some type of lacquer. The point of a wood stain is to “stain” the wood. Our wood stains can be overcoated with any two pack floor lacquer or any solvent based floor lacquer.
Not all wooden floors can be stained. Some types of wood fibers like maple, have a very messy fiber and a wood stain will enhance that particular imperfection. A very dark type of wood floor will not look well with a white stain. All grey colours can look different on different types of wood. Our company uses a number of different grey wood stains for this particular reason. A dove grey wood stain can look very grey on a white pine floor and it can be nearly invisible on a dark oak floor. Floor Sanding Dublin provides free samples on the customer’s floor. Basically we will sand up your floors and we will do a number of samples on your own floors.
Would the wood stain be removed over time? No. It can’t be removed. The wood stain will penetrate deep inside the wood and then it will be sealed with 3 coats of floor lacquer. The lacquer will seal the wood stain and it will prevent it from getting damaged. You cannot apply wood stains over pre-existing finishes. The wood floor has to be newly sanded or new. Coloured oil floors and wood stains are different things. A floor oil cannot be overcoated with a water based floor lacquer.
If you are looking for a colour change, then we can help you out with one of our unique wood stains. We have a colour to match pretty much any idea. Call Floor Sanding Dublin and we would be happy to drop by and show you some samples.
Floor Sanding Services | Floor Lacquers
Floor Sanding Dublin uses water based floor lacquers from Carver, Tover & Bona. Solvent based floor lacquers are used very rarely because of the environmental impact and the yellowing of the finish. We believe that the latest water based floor lacquers from Carver, Tover & Bona will last as long, if not longer, as the old oil based or solvent finishes. Water based floor lacquers are manufactured from renewable materials, create less fumes, do not yellow over time and allow the wood to ventilate naturally. The new and the most innovative water based floor lacquers are a bit more expensive than the old classic oil based floor lacquers, but the difference to the environment makes it worth it. Floor Sanding Dublin uses the following products:
Carver Delta Floor Lacquer | Carver Omeg-Art Floor Lacquer | Carver Epsilon Floor Lacquer
Tover Idrolak DR 97 Floor Lacquer & Tover Uniqua Floor Lacquer
Bona Traffic HD Floor Lacquer & Bona Mega One Floor Lacquer
All these floor lacquers are market leaders and look 100% natural. We provide a 5 years warranty. The new water based floor lacquers will require more specific care and washing with very little water. Use proper wood floor cleaners to deep clean and maintain your newly refinished wooden floors.
Floor Sanding Services | Stairs Sanding
While local floor sanding companies provide floor sanding services, not a lot of companies would bother dealing with stair sanding. This kind of project is very time consuming, very labour intensive and in many cases the stairs are not worth as much. But if you are happy to go ahead and get your staircase fully restored, then you are in good hands with Floor Sanding Dublin. We use heavy duty Bona & Festool sanding technology to remove old layers of paint and imperfections from wooden staircases. Then we will provide you with a wide range of options. You can have the whole staircase finished with a natural finish, you can have the step done in a dark wood stain and the riser white or you can have the whole staircase stained in whatever colour you want & then sealed with 2-3 coats of water based floor lacquer.
We can restore pretty much all types of staircases but the ones in poor shape might not look perfect. Realistic expectations are advised. Old staircases fully impregnated with waxes, oils, paints or some other types of finishes, might not be suitable for a natural finish. But either way, Floor Sanding Dublin will provide you with a free no obligation estimate and a step by step description. We are happy to deal with residential floor sanding and commercial floor sanding projects.
Floor Sanding Services | Dustless Floor Sanding
You have heard of this term but you are not sure what it means. Well, a few years back most floor sanders were not dustless. Basically all the dust generated during the sanding process had to be vacuumed up as the specialist was moving along. Less than 50% of the dust was recovered. Most of the fine dust used to end up under the skirting, under the floorboards, on the walls & frames, etc. Most houses had to be deep cleaned to make it livable again. But that is history now.
Over the past 20 years a new range of advanced floor sanders were invented. Initially, the new belt sanders were fitted with special dust bags, where most of the dust was collected. Then an even better range of floor sanders were invented with over 98% dust collection capability. These new floor sanders were connected to special industrial vacuums.
Basically there is very little dust generated while your floors are being sanded. Floor Sanding Dublin uses some of the most advanced floor sanders and edgers from Bona. We will leave your home as we have found it. Stairs sanding is a bit less dustless because a lot of small sanders are used to reach in all the narrow corners. But even so, there is very little dust generated.
Floor Sanding Services | Wood Floor Repairs
Floor Sanding Dublin does not provide floor repairs only, but we will do whatever repairs are required while we sand wood floors. Our floor sanding specialists can restore and fix any kinds of issues within your floors. We can replace old floorboards, source similar wood, fill up gaps, create support for new floors, etc.
Floor Sanding Services | What Can We Do For You?
If you have decided to change the colour of the floor or to have your wooden floors fully restored, then we can really help you out. We have provided professional residential floor sanding services and commercial floor sanding services since 2007. We specialize in full restoration of old Georgian wooden floors and maintaining the original look of the wood. Our highly skilled floor sanding specialists are happy to restore the following types of wood:
Oak | Pine | Red Deal | White Deal | Maple | Beech Wood | Cherry | Walnut | Ash | Birch
There are many other types of wood, some very exotic, but the list above are the most popular types of wood floors in Ireland. Our dust free floor sanding technology will help us remove the top coat of your floor without generating any dust in the process. We understand wood floors, we love wood floors and we restore wooden floors to its original condition.
Pricing | Floor Sanding Services
Our aim is to provide affordable floor sanding services and top quality. Most of our customers are enquiring about pricing and the step by step floor sanding process. We do not have a fixed price for every project. Unlike other industries, the floor sanding pricing is based on a number of factors. The most important factor when deciding a price for x project is the actual condition of the wood. If the wood floor is in a very poor condition, full of paint, uneven and in need of serious repairs, then you should expect to pay the maximum fee. Most flat fees for floor sanding services will cover dustless floor sanding & 3 coats of floor lacquer. From there on, everything else is extra and it will cost extra. You can book us to do floor repairs, gap fillings, staining, painting or extra coats of lacquer. The final price will depend on the number of services selected. Gap filling for exemple. To fill up the gaps in a 4 m by 4m room, it will cost us 100 euro in materials. Plus 2-3 hours of work. So it can`t be done without additional charges.
But whatever way you put it, when you book Floor Sanding Dublin to deal with your floor sanding & floor refurbishment project, you will receive a free no obligation estimate within a few minutes. Our price is clear, detailed and competitive. We are fully insured and highly recommended. Book our professional services online.