Finishes

eSTABLISHED IN 1995

We set up our business in 1995. We are Members of The Guild of Master Craftsmen and take pride in our work. These days we take extra care when it comes to health and safety.

Exceptional expertise
 

Our specialist teams, have an impressive breadth of experience, offering you the most professional service in our industry.

Our heritage

We draw on over 30 years of Floor Sanding experience, successfully managing and expanding our business as well as our customer base for the repeat business.

Our Promise

To deliver a 1st class service that remains highly competitive, we know we must constantly evolve and develop our products and services to stay ahead of our competitors.

No hidden extras with our quotes

We have qualified and experienced estimators that cover the south east of England. Our services teams work from our head office in London.

Technology

Because we are part of the “FLOOR SANDER HIRE GROUP”, our buying power and insight to the latest up to date machinery is what keeps us apart from our competitors. We boast more professional machinery than any other company in the UK.

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wood floor Finishes London & Home Counties

How are first impressions created? By beauty, workmanship and elegance. But when it comes to sanding and restoring wooden floors, the wood floor finishes are central in creating a wonderful first impression.

We have been serving customers since 1995 in London and the Home Counties. We offer Finishes services and will come to your home or premises to do a free consultation.

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Finishes faqs

For a long time, the finish of choice for interior wood floors was wax, particularly beeswax. While wax is still used today, other products such as finishing oil, protective oil, and hard oil have emerged. Wax is the most cost-effective floor finish, but it requires a lot of upkeep. Although varnish removes the natural appearance of the wood (a more or less shiny film of varnish), it is the most durable and easiest to maintain.
Regardless of whether a floor is finished (or refinished) or pre-finished in place, four types of base products are commonly used: oil-based polyurethane, water-based polyurethane, wax, and oil.

Draughts can be effectively eliminated by filling gaps. The majority of houses have air bricks at the floor level. When you remove the carpet, the air beneath the house will create a vacuum and draw warm air from your room and out of the house through the air bricks. Filling the gaps prevents warm air from leaving the room and keeps the room temperature the same as it was before the carpet was installed. This airflow is not present in rooms above floor level, so it is purely decorative. On most floors, the gap filling is actually quite attractive.

Both water-based and oil-based polyurethane floor coatings have their own particularities. Contrary to popular belief, a water-based varnish is more resistant in the long term than an oil-based varnish. They offer a range of choices with different qualities and durability.
Yes, it is conceivable. If you want to change the colour of your floor, use a quality stain followed by a varnish rather than a coloured varnish. We offer a variety of exciting colours to enhance and improve the appearance of your floor at Floor Sanding.

The simple answer to that question is to decorate first. What we would ask is that the last coat of paint to go on the skirting board be applied after we have done the floor.

By the way, we also have a team of professional decorators if you would like to paint the room before sanding or installation.

Finishes: A Full Guide

At Floor Sanding, we source the best quality wood floor finishes to ensure the longevity of your beautiful flooring. Our professional and experienced technicians will start by assessing the condition of the floor before taking action. Floorboards that are damaged will be removed and replaced using planks of the same wood species and colour. If we cannot find an exact colour match, we will use the appropriate stain to ensure it has the same hue as the rest of the wood flooring.

1. Sanding

To begin, the site must be clear to create enough space for the machinery. If certain furnishings cannot be removed e.g., large sofa, heavy cabinet etc., then they should be placed on one side of the room. Carpets and floor coverings must also be removed, and any loose nails should be secured or removed to prevent them from nicking the sandpaper or damaging the machines.

Once the room is ready, sanding can begin! We at Floor Sanding evaluate the grade of the wood before deciding on the grit of the sandpaper – this decision is very important to ensure the desired results are achieved. Sandpaper grit is labelled by number, where the higher grits represent smaller, finer abrasives that are used to create a smooth glossy texture. To simplify things, we have added a table with the key details.

In terms of selecting the appropriate sanding machine, our technicians will make that decision on the basis of the size and shape of the site, as well as and condition of the wood.

2. Staining

If you want to change the colour of your wood flooring, it is best to use a high-quality stain followed by varnish, as opposed to a coloured varnish. At Floor Sanding we offer a range of exciting colours to enhance and elevate the appearance of your wood flooring.

To apply a stain, simply add it to a rolling tray and use a roller to employ a thin, even coat. It is recommended to apply a total of 1-3 coats to deepen the colour of the wood. Please allow time for each coat to dry before adding the next. A dry rag can be used to absorb any excess product.

3. Finish

To complete the job, a lacquer varnish or oil-based finish is applied to create a protective layer over the wood floorboards. Lacquer and oil finishes are manufactured in a variety of sheens and colours. When deciding on which finish to use, it is important to take into account the style and level of protection you want to achieve. For stained flooring, a clear lacquer is best. To apply the finish, a clean dry rag or rolling brush can be used to apply thin, even layers. Again, ensure each layer dries before adding the next.

Another factor to consider is the gloss level of the finish. Once more, this is a personal style decision that our helpful and experienced technicians can support you with. We offer matte, satin, semi-gloss and high gloss finishes in clear and coloured hues.

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