A standard sized residential floor of around 80m² will take three to seven days to sand and polish, and another three to five days of drying before you can move your furniture back. Different finishes take different amount of time
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Assess the floor condition
Before you decide the floor renovation, you have to check if the floor you have could be sanded or not. Most of the wooden flooring such as below listed can be sanded;
- Most of the traditional solid wooden flooring in original condition, such as Baltic pine, Hardwood, Parquetry and Cork,
- Some high quality engineered flooring with more than 3mm of top solid timber layer.
We can sand from 100 years old Baltic pine to brand new solid timber flooring.
But, below listed flooring couldn't be sanded
Laminated flooring - it is not a timber but compressed paper with wood pattern printed.
Floating floors with less than 3mm top solid timber layer - if sanded, the top solid layer will be removed and the plywood backing will be exposed.
Chip board ( not worth to do ) - can be sanded and polished but not worse because the chip board is hard to seal and cost a lot.
Solid timber flooring with less than 2mm of groove top layer - after 3~4 times of sanding from original condition, normal traditional timber flooring need to be replaced. The only way to avoid the floor board replacing is polishing with penetrating oil.
What we do
Site preparation by owner
Please ensure that normal electrical and water supplies are accessible at the premises for us
All furniture should be removed, together with all floor coverings including carpet, vinyl, tiles etc. Don't forget staples, tacks and gule. If need be, Myflooring provides a complete coverings removal service.
For best results, seal access areas such as vents, fireplaces and windows that may allow dust to enter the room. Masking tape and paper is fine.
Ideally, we recommend that all painting except the final coat on skirting boards be completed. The final coat can be applied to the skirting boards after the floor work is complete. This eliminates the need to touch up the skirting paint in the case of minor scuff marks occuring.
- You may like to consider alternative accommodation during the job. Remember you won't be able to walk on the floor and the fumes of solvent based finishes are very strong. The job normally takes three to four days depending on the weather conditions. You can walk on the floor 24 hours after the final coating .
- Do not expect removal of deep cuts such as those from carpet trimming knives or deep gouges in the boards.
- Do not expect removal of stains from within the boards and around nail holes such as animal urine and water marks.
- Do not expect to fill gaps between the boards. If we fill these gaps, subsequent shrinkage and expansion in the timber will cause cracking in the filler.
- Do not expect boards damaged by borers to have the same gloss level as those in good condition. Myflooring offer a special service for borer-damaged Baltic pine - contact us for information.
- Do not expect any areas filled with putty to have the same feel as the timber after application of coatings.
- Myflooring uses premium sanding machinery which is fitted with dust collecting equipment and our professional sanders will endeavour to clean dust away by vacuuming and wiping down surfaces. However it is impossible to totally eliminate dust from most flooring jobs, especially involving sanding. so you will find:
- Some dust particles will settle on your newly finished surface.
- There will be an amount of dust throughout the rest of the house.
- Any silicone or silicone based product which comes into contact with the floor after sanding and prior to any of the three coats of finish will cause rejection of the coating. Silicone is often found on the footwear of plumbers and glaziers.
- Despite the best efforts of our careful sanding professionals, you may find slight markings on skirting boards from contact with the edging machinery. That is why we recommend to leave painting the skirting boards until after the floors are finished if possible.
When polish the timber, we are using premium quality material, which is includes; Porters Paints, Rubio monocoat, Loba, Treatex hardwax,
We are using dustless machine from big belt sander to small orbital sander. most of the sanding process are conducting in dustless environment. but when we sand the right up to the edge of the floor where boards meet the skirting boards, we are using small angle grinder and it doesn't come with dust extractor and make minimum amount of dust which is expected to be spread.