The floor sanding process

Stage 1.

Preparation is the key to a quality finish on any wooden floor. We will replace any damaged floorboards with matching reclaimed boards & secure any loose boards. Then remove any nails, tacks etc. The sanding process itself will remove any dirt and scratches. 

Gap filling. We fill the gaps between the floorboards which will help to prevent draughts and to give an overall nicer finish. There are two methods we use to for gap filling. For smaller gaps (less than 3mm) we use a resin based filler made up of saw dust so is unnoticeable, it is applied to the gaps and can be sanded down with the rest of the floor once dry. For larger gaps we use wood fillets, these are pieces of timber which are cut to size and glued into place, again these can be sanded. 

Stage 2.

The floor is now ready for sanding. We use the very latest wood floor sanding machines on the market and they are 95% dust free. We use industrial belt & drum sanding machines along with a small edging sander to get into any hard to reach places and around edges of the room. We will assess the floor and depending on the condition decide which grade of sandpaper is required. We start the floor sanding with a coarser paper we then work down to a finer grade to give a smooth & professional finish. 

Stage 3.

Finishes. If you wish to change the colour of your floor you can choose to have a stain, a stain will enhance the natural grain of the wood. We recommend Bona varnish and apply 3 coats for normal traffic areas, 3 thin coats will last longer than putting down one thick coat. Other finishes available on request, we can discuss the finish you are hoping to achieve.