Why choose wood floor restoration?
One thing that happens, time and again, is clients telling us they were considering ripping up their wooden floors or covering them with carpet or other flooring. Sometimes it can be difficult to imagine the beauty that lay beneath the surface of the floor. For that reason, I implore you to look at our Instagram. Many of the posts on our Instagram are multiple pictures in one. All you need to do is swipe left or click the right arrow to see the before pictures. Often we have very dramatic transformations. Wood floor restoration has many benefits and can really help uplift your home. Wooden floors are much easier to maintain as oppose to switching to carpet floors. If you feel that your wood flooring is too old and grubby so you’re considering covering or disposing of it, stop! The first thing you need to do is find out of you have a hidden gem. Consider our floor restoration services. We provide our services of restoration and floor sanding in Hertfordshire, North London and close surrounding areas.
Hardwood flooring is a lifetime investment
Wood floors are a lifetime investment that actually adds value to your home when looking to resell. Nothing looks worse than an outdated, old carpet and wooden flooring actually increases in value as your home does over time. We all know that carpet, laminate, Karndean and the like are cheap solutions. Solid wood floors and parquet are high quality, exquisite looking, long term solutions. A good hardwood floor can be sanded many times and last decades, even more than a century. If you feel that your flooring looks old or worn, our small, experienced and passionate team here at Osborne Woodcare can help rectify the issues you may have with the work that we carry out. Take a look at our gallery for yourself and see how we have transformed homes through the work we do.
Floor restoration can give your home the uplift it needs
Hardwood flooring can be especially susceptible to moisture and heavy wear so it is vital that you address these issues and have the job done properly. Once a quality job has been carried out on your flooring, you will really see an uplift in your home and it can really transform home spaces. As long as the work is carried out early, your hardwood flooring can really last a lifetime and our team here at Osborne Woodcare will ensure that the most professional, high-quality work is carried out on it.
The long-term benefits of floor sanding
Floor sanding and wood restoration is our pride and our craft here at Osborne Woodcare. We offer a service that not only uplifts your home aesthetically but has a number of other pros that can benefit you long term. No matter whether it is walnut, oak or pine, our service is unrivalled in terms of how our floor sanding Hertfordshire based and floor sanding London services can help benefit your home.
Floor sanding has a number of long-term benefits
With the right work carried out by our team, our experts can really help give your flooring a new glow that you probably never thought it could have. Wooden flooring can gather dust and other bacteria over time that often homeowners just become accustomed to but by giving it a good, professional clean, it can really give your floor a new lease of life and brighten up the entire home.
Not only does it add to your home aesthetic but it does actually make it more durable that it would have been before having any work carried out. Hardwood flooring is especially prone to picking up moisture and mould and over time, this will not only reduce the strength of your floor but it will pick up the smell and discolour which will ultimately ruin the floor completely. Our team have worked with some of the worst kept floors you could imagine but we do everything in our power to try and restore it through floor sanding and the right floor restoration techniques to help bring it back to its original quality and finish.
Floor restoration makes your life easier at home
Once fully sanded and finished, your floor should be easier to maintain forever. Our work is there to ensure that you can keep on top of it forever just by simply mopping and sweeping and the team will make sure that you know what to do when it comes to cleaning it properly in the future. This is our profession and we have the right experience to help inform you of what you should be doing to make your floor last as long as it possibly can.
It is vital that you do not neglect your wooden flooring. With the right love and care, your floor could last over 100 years. Our team here at Osborne Woodcare will do everything to ensure that your floor is returned back to its former glory. Our floor sanding work is really second to none and the professional work that we carry out is what has given us the reputation that we have today.
Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration FAQ
1. What is involved in the sanding process?
Our goal as floor refinishers is to get the floor looking as smooth and clean as possible, while also removing as little wood as necessary to preserve the life of the floor. As a very basic outline, all professional floor refinishers should perform the following.
A coarse grit with the belt sander and edge sander to remove all the old finish(or glue or whatever else may be on the floor), dents and scratches to reveal a flat clean floor. Most spill stains are quite shallow and come out in the sanding process, while very few others soak right into the wood. Sometimes it is possible to start with a medium grit, but this is maybe 15-20% of jobs.
A medium grit with the belt sander and edge sander. This is to remove the scratches caused by the cause grit sanding from the previous process.
A fine grit with the belt sander and edge sander. Climbing the grits like this is to leave the finest scratches possible. This is all in preparation for the most important part of the job….
The finishing sanding. There are many different finishing sanders on the market, but the defining characteristic of them is that they have a large surface area(and thus a lower pounds per square inch pressure on the abrasives). This machine is used to remove all the scratches from the previous steps. One of the areas in which we leave our competition behind is our knowledge and skill at getting the most incredible results at this step in the process.
2. Will there be a lot of dust?
Some people have experience with rental sanding machines, these are usually the customers who are most concerned about dust. Cheap rental sanders emit a terrible amount of dust and it seems to creep through cracks and crevices throughout the home (they also don’t do a very good job at sanding the floor). Modern professional floor sanding machines are very different, they remove 99% of all dust or more. We also use dust extraction systems to collect the dust. No matter how good a dust control protocol is, there is always some dust emitted. If there are any items you would like us to cover with polythene dust sheets, just ask and we will accommodate.
3. Can my wooden floor be saved?
Unfortunately, this is most often an unasked question. There are so many people who think their floor is too far gone and either rip it up or cover the floor with a carpet. If you have a wood floor and have even the remotest possibility of restoring it to its former glory, call and get an estimate! Estimates are free. A good floor refinisher won’t want to refinish a floor if he doesn’t believe it will result in a happy customer. If I don’t think it’s salvageable, I will say so.
4. Is it possible to refinish my floor without sanding?
I believe this is possible, however, this is not a service we offer. In reality, it’s probably not an option you should consider. Old floors can be quite uneven, with dents and scratches, maybe a little warping, and also staining. You can make an old wood floor look far better by stripping back 1-2mm of wood to reveal a perfectly flat, smooth, surface and applying a new finish from there.
5. Do I need to stain my floors?
Only 10-15% of our work involves staining, that is, applying a colour before applying the protective coating. Some of our clients say “sanding and staining” when they refer to sanding and finishing. Clear seal and clear lacquer slightly darkens the wood and brings out its natural grain. If you would like to darken (or even lighten) the floor, we can put some samples down on the bare wood after the sanding is complete for you to choose from. The samples are then sanded off and applied to the entire floor. Pine and Oak are great for staining as they are light and present a blank canvas on which to create your own beautiful finish. More colourful and exotic woods are usually not stained as the natural unstained grain is so much more beautiful and are already more ‘full bodied’.
6. How long will it take for our floors to be completed?
For an average size family home with a living room, dining room, hallway and a couple of bedrooms it will take 3-4 days, assuming the floors are in relatively good condition and you are going to keep them natural and not stain them.
Single rooms of a normal size are usually completed in a single day. Some circumstances cause the lacquer to dry slower, or maybe some repairs in the morning may set the job back a little, in which case we can return and apply the final coat the next day. If you would like to add staining, prepare to add up to a whole day to the process. Since stairs can only be sanded with hand sanders that are nowhere near as powerful as floor sanders, it can take some time, especially if there is thick paint on them (which is often the case). Allow 3 days for Stairs.
7. What areas do we work in?
We are mostly Hertfordshire based. We also work in North London and Central London. However, if you have a sizable and/or interesting project and you are within a reasonable distance from us, we would love to hear from you! Sometimes our lead time can run up quite substantially, but some of our clients are prepared to wait. If you have a 14 square metre living room 30 miles from us, you might want to consider someone closer to you.
8. Should I redecorate before or after refinishing the floors?
Most of the decorating can be done before we sand the floors. Skirting, however, should be redecorated after we have refinished the floor. One reason is that the edger can rub against the skirting leave a pencil line close to the floor. Often gloss work paint (even if its matt) can take a very long time to dry and can delaminate from the skirting. Which presents a real problem when trying to lacquer the floor as the paint flakes and falls in the lacquer? Expensive and/or textured wallpaper should be installed after the floors have been refinished.