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SANDING AND SEALING - THE WHOLE PROCESS STEP BY STEP

 

 

We check every block and board - and replace any that are damaged beyond repair. We use reclaimed timber - wherever possible, of the same age and quality.

 

Any loose boards are reset and fixed in position. We remove old tacks and nails - and hammer protruding nails flat.

REPAIRS

Loose and damaged boards

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This depends on personal preference - for those who prefer the even look of a gap-filled floor. Filling gaps does prevent draughts (especially on the ground floor) and the build up of dust. Filling also tightens the floor – and timber movement is minimized.

 

Traditional methods of gap filling include:

 

*  Resin - mostly used on floors with lots of fine gaps, such as parquet and mosaic. Dust from the floor is mixed with a resin and applied to the gaps with a filling knife.

 

*  Wooden strips - solid fillets of reclaimed pine and other timbers are glued and forced into the gaps, being chiseled back before sanding flat.

Gap filling

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All kinds of wooden floors can be sanded: hardwood (oak, beech or walnut) or softwood (pine, yew or Douglas fir); strip floors; engineered floors (hardwood over ply); herringbone; parquet blocks; mosaic and even cork.

 

Sanding machines are fitted with special sanding paper of various grades of coarseness. They prepare the floor in three stages: a rough, medium and fine sand to strip, level, and smooth the boards to leave a high quality finish.

SANDING

The smooth wood may then be stained. A clear natural stain enhances the original grain of the timber. For a quick, fresh and affordable look, choose a coloured stain.

 

Stains are traditionally oil and spirit-based, while the modern water-based stains are safe and odour-free. They come in an abundance of choice: all the traditional wood colours through to contemporary pigmenting: eg white, red, blue or even pink!

 

For even coating, we recommend top-quality stains. Applying cheaper brands tends to leave patchy or dull areas.

 

Coloured lacquers are available, but will lose their colour as the surface is damaged and the sealant wears away.

 

We find that it is far better to apply the stain and sealant in two distinct stages. Not only is the floor colour easier to control but the sealant is more durable. As the sealant wears away, the underlying stain retains its colour.

 

The floor can also be painted - or choose a coloured wax for the soft tinting of the wood grain. Lime wax, for example, enhances floors with dull washed colours.  

 

Should you wish to challenge us - we can create an unusual or specific colour. Our record is the mixing of 75 different pigments to match the floor colour in an ancient castle!

Staining and colour

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The final stage is to protect the new floor with a sealant. Your choice will depend on the use of the floor – and the

 

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SEALING

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This sealant is the most durable and easiest to maintain. An artificial product – it is suited to floors that are subject to medium or heavy traffic.

 

Modern water-based lacquers have progressed way beyond the ‘plastic’ look of traditional varnish. Their attractive silky sheen comes in a matt, satin or high gloss finish.

 

Being safe and odour-free, they can be used in the home or areas where food is prepared and served.

 

A polyurethane lacquer is very hard-wearing but may discolour the underlying floor. To avoid this, choose a part polyurethane/part acrylic floor lacquer – suitable for areas subject to lighter traffic.

 

We will show you the qualities of recommended sealants during your free assessment.

Staining and colour

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Hard Wax Oil

The safe traditional floor finish, hard wax oil is based on waxes and vegetable oils. It has a similar effect to natural

 

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oil: the floor will breathe under a soft and mellow finish, emphasising the natural wood grain – and the colour of the wood.

 

A popular choice, hard wax oil demonstrates the virtues of both oil and lacquer: a natural look and feel - plus improved durability. As with oil, further floor protection is simple: more coats or a thinned down ‘revive coat’.

 

Its microporous nature makes it very useful in areas of high humidity, as it does not crack, flake, peel or blister. For an example, take a house in Twickenham – whose parquet floor lay over an underground river. Although adhering well, the blocks suffered from constant damp.

 

We tried a water-based lacquer – only for it to turn white and come away within two days. A case for Osmo hard wax oil!  Three coats not only adhered to the blocks but prevented the damp rising to the surface.

 

The owners are delighted with their new dry floor – and relieved at having been spared the considerable outlay on a replacement.

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Natural Oil

In matt or satin, oil is the choice for the traditional natural look of a wooden floor. It repels water – and resists scuffs and abrasions.  Services Commited to The Environment in Guildford

 

Oil does tend to dry out in humid conditions – but scores on maintenance. Simply top up with extra coats of oil to cover minor damage.

 

Allow us to give you a comparison of the properties of natural oils with the various other sealants.

 

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In matt or satin, oil is the choice for the traditional natural look of a wooden floor. It repels water – and resists scuffs and abrasions.  Services Commited to The Environment in Guildford

 

Oil does tend to dry out in humid conditions – but scores on maintenance. Simply top up with extra coats of oil to cover minor damage.

 

Allow us to give you a comparison of the properties of natural oils with the various other sealants.

 

Contact us for your free assessment and quote.

Maintaining your new floor

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