Frequently Asked Questions
I want my floor sanded and I'm having a room decorated as well. Which should I do first?
Decorate first. In fact any major work like plumbing or wiring should be carried out before the floor is sanded. The sanding process can cause a few scuffs to the skirting board but touching these up after the sanding will not harm your floor and is an easy task.
How long will the room be out of action while the floor is being done?
A room measuring 10ft by 12ft (3 by 4 metres) would take about 2 days to sand and varnish, using a water based varnish, plus a further 2 to 3 days for the varnish to cure properly before placing furniture.
How should I maintain my floor?
Everyday dirt and grit will eventually wear away the finish. Even pet hair has been found to be abrasive. Vacuum or sweep regularly. Invest in a good door mat and try to get into the habit of removing street shoes when entering the house.
Should I have the gaps between the boards filled?
We would recommend filling the gaps in ground floor rooms and hallways as there could be a cold draft. In kitchens and bathrooms gap filling is recommended as a protection against spillage. We do not recommend wood fillers that are available in high street shops as they tend to shrink and eventually fall through or even get sucked out of the gaps with the vacuum cleaner. If you do use a filler we recommend lecol which is a professional filler. Peter fills the gaps with MDF strips which he feels gives a much nicer finish than wood strips.
I would like my floor to have a stain. Is this something I could do myself?
This is a job we would not recommend you undertake if you are a complete novice, Peter has stained hundreds of floors and knows how much skill you need to tackle this job. He has also seen a lot of floors that have been badly stained and it’s not a pretty picture. When a floor is stained well it has a beautiful even colour with depth to it. Stained badly and it can look patchy and dull with a dirty appearance. If you decide to get a floor sanding company to do the staining, make sure you can see a floor they have stained recently. Make an appointment to go and see the floor if you can. If they haven’t stained a floor before but tell you it will be a push over then it’s time to look for some one else. If you feel you really want to try this yourself, it might help to read the emails we have received from customers about this subject. Peters answers might be of help to you.
Should I use reclaimed boards to replace badly damaged boards.
No, we do not recommend using reclaimed boards. They usually come from industrial sites and are actually thicker than the pine boards used in houses. They are also pre sanded which brings them up very pale and looking like brand new boards. We recommend using old floor boards from houses un cleaned, and not sanded.
My floor boards look such a mess. Can anything be done with them or would it be better to just buy and lay new wooden flooring?
In the vast majority of cases floors look a mess when you pull back the carpet. Dirt and paint are all removed during sanding and damaged boards can be repaired or replaced. Most houses other than some brand new houses have wooden floor boards which look great when sanded. NOTE Flat owners should check their leases before committing themselves to sanded floors.
How long will my new floor last?
The factors that govern the life of the floor are down to the amount of traffic it’s subjected to and how well it’s maintained. As an example, a seldom cleaned kitchen floor, in a large household with perhaps a couple of dogs, may last only 2-3 years. The same floor, properly maintained in a household of 1-2 people, may last up to 10 years or even more.
Give us a call if you have any other questions, and to book a free on-site assessment.