Sanding

Prior to Commencement of Work

  • Please ensure that easy access to the work area is available.
  • Ensure that normal electrical and water supplies are accessible at the premises. Without these we are unable to start the job.
  • It is recommended that all painting except the final coat on skirting boards has been completed. The final coat can be applied to the skirting’s after completion of the floors .Otherwise there may be a need to “touch up” the paint work afterwards in the event of minor “scuffing” marks.
  • All furniture should be removed together with curtains and wall paintings. WE DO NOT MOVE FURNITURE.
  • Adequate lighting and power to be available.
  • Seal any access areas such as vents, fireplaces and windows that allow dust to enter the room.

If we are resanding your existing floor the finished floor will be lighter in colour as old coatings tend to yellow with age

Sanding Your Timber Floor

  • Prior to sanding the nails will be punched 3-4mm below the surface of the floor.
  • The floor is sanded first with a coarse grade sandpaper to remove prior coatings or paint and to smooth the surface
  • Putty will be applied to the nail and knot holes and also to the end joins of the boards.
  • The floor will be sanded with various fine grade sandpapers to remove the excess putty and coarse sanding lines
  • Finally prior to coating the floor receives a final buff and vacuum.
  • Now your floor has a smooth surface on which to apply the coating, but some undulations may still be felt in the floor due to the house movement and settling.

What Not To Expect

  • DO NOT EXPECT A TOTALLY DUST FREE FLOOR. WHILE ALL EFFORT IS PUT INTO VACCUMING AIRBORNE DUST PARTICALS AND INSECTS MAY ENTER THROUGH VENTS,FIREPLACES AND UNDER SKIRTINGS.
  • Do not expect your floor to be sanded “level”, most house’s move over time.
  • Do not expect removal of deep cuts such as those from Stanley knives or deep gouges in the boards caused by prior amateur attempts at floor sanding.
  • Do not expect the total removal of stains from within the boards, dark water stains are common around leaking wet areas and yellow stains can be caused by animal urine, traces of these may still be present after sanding.
  • Filling the gaps in between the boards is not a recommended practice, rigid fillers tend to crack and fall out while also not allowing any expansion in the boards which may cause other problems.
  • Arrange alternative accommodation during the work process, you will NOT be able to walk on the floor as it will be wet. Also depending on the coating you choose the fumes may be quite strong.
  • While every effort is put into “Dust Free” sanding a small amount will be found on window sills and bench tops.
  • You may get slight markings on skirting boards from contact with the Edger. That is why I recommend the final coat on the skirting boards to be done after the completion of the final coat.