Real Wood Floor Sanding in London
The diversity and style of London homes is such that there are many real wood floors lurking beneath carpeting, lino or tiles. Now is the time to return your floor to its former glory as well as adding significant value to your home. Choose to restore your hardwood flooring today and you will be glad you did. A fully restored wood floor is easy to maintain and will keep its pristine good looks for many years to come. Your beautifully restored dining or living room will be a real talking point with guests and a source of pride for you.
Once the room has been cleared of all furniture and fitments and the old floor covering removed, the first stage of the restoration of your floor is the sanding process. Whilst it is honest to say that the sanding of real wood floors can be carried out by homeowners with some carpentry and DIY knowledge, a pristine and sparkling result can only ever be 100% guaranteed by calling in professional London floor sanding specialists. Choose a quality floor sanding company which offers a no-pressure-to-buy quotation service, where you can discuss your flooring requirements with a knowledgeable professional before making an informed decision.
Sanding the floor
Because floor sanding is integral to the ultimate finish of the floor, it must be carried out flawlessly if the finishing is to look good. Once the floor has been cleared and vacuumed to remove dust and grit the next stage is to seek out and repair or replace planks that have become damaged or have rotted. If the plumbing and heating systems have been added after the house was built then there could also be missing boards. If this is the case then all repairs must be carried out prior to sanding.
At this time gaps between the boards should be filled too. Leaving spaces between the planks makes it easy for draughts to enter the room and the gaps widen through time so that when the boards move they creak and groan.
The key to successful sanding is to move your hire sander of choice (you will probably have a drum or a belt sander) slowly and steadily along the newly
vacuumed and repaired boards. Take the machine along with the grain; never sand again the wood’s natural grain or you risk scoring. When you want to stop make sure you switch the machine off first – never allow the sander to run on idle which again may damage the boards.
It is likely that hand sanding using an edging sander or even sandpaper sheets will be required to get right into those corners and flush to the skirting. When the floor has received its first sanding it will require a further vacuuming and inspection. It is worth re-checking for flaws you may have missed as to repair at this stage is still easier than waiting until the finishing coat has been applied.
When the floor is smooth and even, re-sand but this time use a finer grade of sandpaper in the machine. When you hire the sander you will be offered coarse, medium or fine sanding sheets to use in the machine. General rule of thumb, the rougher the floor the rougher the sandpaper required.
After the second sanding a floor should look lighter in colour and be smooth and level to touch. If a further sanding is needed then go ahead and do so. Sanding, done correctly, will not cause damage to the floor. After the final sanding sweep and the lightly vacuum once more and the floor is now ready for the finishing touch.
Having chosen your preferred finishing, you can now apply your varnish or lacquer (adhering strictly to manufacturer’s guidelines and making sure there is always adequate ventilation). Applying a finishing correctly is not a quick task, so put aside plenty of time to carry out this part of the process. Use a lint free cloth and work the product into the floor over small areas at a time. Avoid over applying as puddles of finishing will certainly dry unevenly and mar the appearance of the floor.
It is likely that the floor will require at least two coats of finishing. Allow to dry for 24 hours, preferably 48 hours, after the final coat before returning furniture to the room.