Professional Wood Floor Sanding and Restoration

Hertfordshire and North London


Osborne Woodcare is one of the leading names in wooden floor restoration and we have been providing floor sanding services in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas for 7 years. We guarantee outstanding results and our team are dedicated to ensuring that our loyal customers receive the best service possible. Our floor restoration methods have been tested and we know what it takes to return your wooden flooring back to its original glory.

Our team have a wealth of experience and have worked on every type of wood floor, with every finish, multiple times in their many years in this trade. From hardwood parquet floors to pine floorboards, our guys here at Osborne Woodcare use the latest methods and the best equipment to ensure that the final results are impeccable. We have a combined experience of over 30 years and have the knowledge needed to provide excellent results that you can be happy with.

Our team take pride in making sure that every customer that uses our service leaves smiling and the team will continue to keep delivering on that promise.

We can only be judged on our results but our reputation is what has made us a leading floor sanding company in Hertfordshire & the surrounding counties.

Floor sanding in Hertfordshire since 2012

We have been offering our award-winning floor sanding company & floor sanding London services since 2014. With wooden flooring forever growing in popularity as the years have passed, our services have been in larger demand and we have taken every step to make sure that our quality of service has never dropped with this rise in demand.

Wooden flooring, whether that is laminate or hardwood, is much easier to maintain as a pose to carpet and we take every step to make sure that your flooring not only looks as good as it can but is as clean as it can be and this ultimately makes your lives easier when it comes to cleaning in the future.

Our team use the latest equipment to ensure quality and if a customer is ever unhappy with the work we carry out (which is very rarely), we at Osborne Woodcare will do our utmost to ensure that our customers are happy. We are an honest company that takes the most pride in our reputation and leaving a smile on our customers’ faces.

Why Choose Osborne Woodcare?

Sanding and refinishing your wooden floors is slightly different to many other jobs. Take painting for example. If you get a nick in the wall or a little stain. You can whip the paint out and touch it up. Paint is a solid colour so you can’t really go wrong with touching up. Also, your walls aren’t covered in furniture.

Be critical in your search for a wood floor restoration company

With wooden floors, however, we are dealing with a completely different situation. The transparent or translucent finishes make it very difficult to do patch repairs on the floor, without it looking, well, patchy! So that means the whole floor needs re-doing. Once the furniture is in, refinishing the floors becomes a total nightmare. If the work contains imperfections, you will see them day in and day out. Make sure you get it right first time!

We never cut corners with our floor restoration services

Floor sanding is a craft that demands care and attention – and we absolutely love it. It takes time and there aren’t many shortcuts. While there are gimmicks that other companies use to sell themselves, we pride ourselves on our quality. We run the very top of the line machinery and only use the very best products on the market. The finishing of every job is overseen by the owner and director Ben Osborne to ensure that we deliver on our values on every floor. I can waffle all day about why we are better than others, but ultimately, I want you to judge us on our work (our regularly updated Instagram feed) and what others say about us (real google reviews).

Testimonials

Robin Charlton
Robin Charlton
18:32 29 Nov 19
I live on Welwyn Garden City west side and most houses have parque floors. We contacted Osborne Woodcare and were so pleased we did. We were impressed at the attention to details showed by Ben and Adam. They really care that you get an amazing finish. I would recommend them to anyone and have posted some photos do you can see for yourselves.
anna dobson
anna dobson
10:46 12 Nov 19
Ben did an amazing job on our tired and stained oak floors in West London. I am recommending him to all my friends - he is knowledgeable, friendly, efficient and punctual - and the floors look amazing.
karla Nicolaou
karla Nicolaou
12:24 29 Sep 19
I cannot recommend Ben and his team more!! They recently sanded the floorboards in three bedrooms and we're friendly and polite throughout. Ben offered a variety of options for us to consider; they repaired damaged boards caused from the previous owner installing central heating and I am completely in love with the natural wood finish Ben and his team have left us with. Thank you!!
Susan James
Susan James
15:55 06 Sep 19
Ben has done such a great job on my floors in Ickleford. He quoted to do the work and then kindly renewed the quote a couple of times over a few months whilst I saved enough to pay for it. The floors are just beautiful and everyone comments on them. I would recommend going for the best/most expensive finish as removing all furniture is not something I would plan on doing again! It has been so worth it and apart from removing the furniture it was fuss free. I moved out for a couple of days to give him free reign to get on with the work. On top of that I left a couple of footprints on the floor before the final coat was fully dry and Ben very kindly came back to touch it up and sort out the mark. I can't recommend his professionalism and skill highly enough. Don't look anywhere else. You won't regret it.
Viki Dringer
Viki Dringer
15:34 03 Sep 19
I am so so pleased with how beautiful Ben has made our old scuffed and dark parquet floor. The transformation is incredible and I can't stop looking at my beautiful elegant floors. I didn't believe that they could be revived like that and I'm sure that's down to Ben's skill and attention to detail. I had quotes from other companies in Welwyn Garden City but they didn't have the knowledge Ben did. All done in one day and no dust which I had been warned about with restoring parquet. Perfect service.
Lisa Lisher
Lisa Lisher
19:42 14 Aug 19
Recently had Osborne Woodcare sand our oak flooring in lounge/dining area and hallway, which had 15 years wear and tear , including having 2 dogs and my husbands attempt at sanding. What an excellent job, it looks like new. Ben has always been punctual and the whole process from first making contact has been smooth, thanks for a fab job from start to finish.
Samantha Devane
Samantha Devane
07:40 08 Jul 19
We had our dining room and living room floors sanded and lacquered in May. The whole process from our initial enquiry through to completion has been fantastic. The finished floors look amazing and transformed the look of our rooms. Would highly recommend Ben and his team.
Ray Keppler
Ray Keppler
08:56 31 May 19
We first used Osborne Woodcare in 2015 to renovate the hardwood herringbone parquet floor in our large hall. The service was good and the results were great. It has stood the test of time, so we wanted to have the same treatment given to the floors in our dining room and the study, by the same company. (I had tried a DIY treatment on both the floors some years ago, but - although the results looked good initially - they did not withstand the wear and they soon started to look tatty.) We were happy with the idea of using Osborne Woodcare again and we could afford to have the work done, but the problem was the logistics of our preparation:- the thought of getting both rooms emptied at the same time was quite daunting and consequently it has taken us a while to get round to it. Now, four years later, It's all done. The work was done in May and involved sanding, gap-filling, buffing, one coat of primer and two coats of hard-wearing lacquer. It was all done over two days and the results are excellent. The floors looks wonderful we are so glad that we finally managed to sort out all of the logistics. I've added before-and-after photos to try to illustrate the wonderful transformation. It may be fine to DIY some jobs around the house, but for wooden floor restoration it's clearly much better to leave it to the professionals, such as Osborne Woodcare. I thoroughly recommend them.
L P
L P
16:29 15 Apr 19
Ben has worked on the floor in several rooms of our house and every time I'm amazed at how brilliant the floor looks once he has worked his magic. Ben is a pleasure to have around, which can not be underestimated when building/home improvement work can often be so stressful. I would highly recommend using Osborne Woodcare.
Hazel Oberst
Hazel Oberst
11:21 08 Apr 19
My 61-year old herringbone Sapele wood block floor was scratched, dented, stained, scuffed, dull and loose in places. Thanks to hardworking, perfectionist Ben, whom it is a pleasure to meet, it is utterly transformed with a beautiful finish. Highest recommendation - look no further!
JAMES MCHENRY
JAMES MCHENRY
17:39 04 Apr 19
Ben did an amazing job on our parquet floor. We moved into a rather tired and damaged floor and through Ben's meticulous service he has done an amazing job, the floor is stunning and receives lots of compliments from our visitors. Would highly recommend.
Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson
10:10 27 Mar 19
Osborne Woodcare are geniuses! We had our floor sanded by another company and they left it in a terrible state, huge gouges, rough and uneven, not to mention the dust, it was like a blizzard in the sahara - we thought the floor was ruined. But Ben from Osborne Woodcare came in and has totally transformed our floor into the beautiful feature it should be. The floor is now perfectly flat and unbelievably smooth. There was also no dust whatsoever with Ben's dust free option. We would recommend Osborne Woodcare without hesitation. Ben is totally professional and his attention to detail is exemplary - he is a pleasure to deal with. If you are looking to have your wood floor sanded, don't use a builder or general flooring company as we did the first time - use a specialist - in fact use Osborne Woodcare, you will get a fantastic floor you can be proud of.
Ruth Ward
Ruth Ward
10:43 19 Jan 19
Ben at Osborne Woodcare did an amazing job sanding and finishing our Victorian floorboards. They had previously been coated in a heavy dark woodstain with a shiny varnish and this was all stripped back to a beautiful natural rich finish. Ben carefully restored our floorboards sympathetically to enhance their natural aged quality and the finish is beautiful. A bonus was that there was also no mess. I would highly recommend Osborne Woodcare . Thanks Ben!
Francesca Bickerdyke
Francesca Bickerdyke
08:22 18 Oct 18
We have used Osborne Woodcare twice now and cannot recommend Ben enough. Ben has just finished our hallway and lounge and totally transformed our parquet flooring. He is highly professional and a perfectionist in his work. Thanks again.
Gay Jenkins
Gay Jenkins
16:47 25 Aug 18
I can’t recommend this firm highly enough. Our floor looks amazing. It was a very professional, pleasant service. We opted for the dust free sanding system and there really wasn’t any mess whatsoever. Thanks Ben, we’ll be having you back to do the back bedroom!
Chris Abbott
Chris Abbott
19:15 03 Apr 18
Excellent service.My floor now looks better than when it was new.Highly recommended.
Oliver Drackford
Oliver Drackford
10:14 27 Sep 17
Very pleased with Osborne Woodcare's service. Exceedingly knowledgeable team, high standards of professional work - and great care taken. Recommend highly.
Rob Horn
Rob Horn
17:10 28 Aug 17
I can't comment on the quality of their workmanship, however what they do lack is common courtesy. After coming around he didn't bother to email the quote he promised, nor could he be bothered to reply to my texts asking if he would be giving me a quote. I suspect once he learned that our lounge floor was quite small he couldn't be bothered.
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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.

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We Serve These Areas!

Abbots Langley, Aldenham, Apsley, Ardeley, Ashridge, Ashwell, Aston End, Ayot Green, Ayot St Lawrence, Ayot St Peter, Baldock, Batford, Bedmond, Belsize, Benington, Berkhamsted, Hertingfordbury, Bishop’s Stortford, Borehamwood, Bourne End, Bovingdon, Bower Heath, Boxmoor, Bragbury End, Braughing, Bricket Wood, Great Gaddesden, Brookmans Park, Broxbourne, Buntingford, Bury Green, Bushey, Bushey Heath, Caldecote, Chapmore End, Chipperfield, Chiswell Green, Chelsea, Cheshunt, Chipperfield, Chorleywood, Codicote, Cold Christmas, Cole Green, Coleman Green, Colliers End, Standon, Colney Heath, Colney Street, Cottered, Croxley Green, Cuffley, Clothall, Dane End, Datchworth, Digswell, Dudswell, Elstree, Essendon, Flamstead, Garston, Goffs Oak, Golders Green, Gosmore, Graveley, Great Amwell, Great Gaddesden, Great Offley, Great Wymondley, Hadham Ford, Little Hadham, Hampstead, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Hampstead Heath, Harpenden, Hastoe, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Heronsgate, Hertford, Hertford Heath, Hertingfordbury, Hexton, High Cross, Thundridge, High Wych, Highfield, Hinxworth, Hitchin, Hoddesdon, Holwell, How Wood, Hunsdon, Hunton Bridge, Ickleford, Jersey Farm, Kelshall, Kensington, Kensworth, Kelshall, Kimpton, King’s Walden, Kings Langley, Kinsbourne Green, Knebworth, Labby Green and Letty Green, Hertingfordbury, Langley, Langleybury, Leavesden, Lemsford, Letchmore Heath, Letchworth Garden City, Lemsford, Leverstock Green, Lilley, Little Amwell, Little Berkhamsted, Little Gaddesden, Little Hadham, Little Hormead, Little Munden, Little Offley, Little Wymondley, London Colney, Long Marston, Loudwater, Maple Cross, Markyate, Marshalswick, Micklefield Green, Mill End, Moor Park, Much Hadham, Napsbury including Napsbury Park, Nash Mills, Nasty, Nettleden, Newgate Street, Newnham, New Mill, Northaw, Northchurch, North London, North Mymms, Norton, Nuthampstead, Oaklands, Offley, Old Hall Green, Old Hatfield, Old Knebworth, Oxhey, Park Street, Piccotts End, Pimlico, Pirton, Potten End, Potters Bar, Preston, Puckeridge, Puttenham, Radlett, Radwell, Redbourn, Reed, Rickmansworth, Ridge, Ringshall, Roe Green, Royston, Rush Green, Rushden, Sacombe, Sacombe Green, St Albans, St Ippolyts, St Paul’s Walden, St Stephen, Sandon, Sandridge, Sarratt, Sawbridgeworth, Shenley (including Shenleybury), Smallford, South Mimms, South Oxhey, Spellbrook, Staines Green, Hertingfordbury, Standon, Standon Green End, Stanstead Abbotts, Stanstead St Margarets, Stapleford, Stevenage, Stocking Pelham, Tewin, Therfield, Thorley, Thundridge, Tonwell, Tring, Tring Station, Trowley Bottom, Wadesmill, Walkern, Wallington, Walsworth, Waltham Cross, Ware, Wareside, Warner’s End, Waterford, Water End, Water End, North Mymms, Waterend, Watford, Watton-at-Stone, Welham Green, Well End, Wellpond Green, Welwyn, Welwyn Garden City, Westmill, Weston, Westwick Row, West Hyde, Wheathampstead, Whempstead, Whitwell, Wigginton, Willian, Woodhall Farm, Woolmer Green