Timber floors are famous for being sturdy and aesthetically pleasing, but the years of use can take their toll. The colour begins to fade, and scratches and scuff marks start to appear. That’s where sanding and polishing come in.
Sanding and polishing are among the best ways to breathe life into your timber floor. Not only does it rejuvenate the floor and restore its beauty, but it also adds more value to your home.
This article walks you through the entire process of sanding and polishing.
Preparation the Room
The first step in any timber floor sanding and polishing project is to prepare the area. This includes removing all furniture, rugs, and any other objects on the floor. In addition, our professionals ensure that any fixtures or walls adjacent to the floor are protected from damage during the sanding and polishing process.
Once the area is clear, we assess the condition of the timber floor. Any gaps, nail holes, or damage to the floorboards must be repaired before sanding can begin. This is a crucial step as it ensures the final result is flawless.
In addition, any existing stains and polishes should also be removed. The previous finishes, if any, will clog the system and prolong the entire process.
Sanding the Floors
Once the floor has been assessed and any necessary repairs have been made, it’s time to begin sanding. The sanding process uses a large, industrial floor sander that removes the top layer of the timber, revealing a fresh, new layer underneath. Sanding also removes any scratches, stains, or imperfections that may have accumulated over time.
Professional flooring companies use a wide range of sanding machines with varying grit levels. The initial sanding process requires a rough grit, which is gradually replaced with finer grits, ensuring a smooth and even finish.
It is important to note that sanding can generate a lot of dust, which can be harmful and also cause damage to nearby surfaces. To prevent this, professionals use a dust extraction system that collects the dust simultaneously. This ensures that the area remains clean and safe for everyone involved in the process.
Polishing the Floors
Once the sanding process is completed, it’s time to polish the floors. Polishing involves applying a coat of finish to the sanded surface to protect the timber and give it a shiny finish. You can choose between various finishes, from oil-based and water-based to solvent-based finishes. Each finish has its own benefits and drawbacks. The choice, however, depends on the type of timber and the desired finish.
After each layer, the professionals buff the area with a specialised buffing machine to prepare it for the next layer. The floor is left to dry before the next layer is added.
Once the final layer of polish has been applied, the floor has to dry completely before any furniture or rugs are returned to the area.
Sanding and polishing timber floors is a time-consuming and tedious process that requires expertise and skill. Therefore, it’s essential to prepare the room adequately and use the right tools and techniques to achieve the desired finish.
We at Stanton Flooring can transform any dull timber flooring into stunning and durable surfaces. Our team of experts uses the latest techniques and equipment to ensure that your floors are sanded and polished to perfection.
Contact Stanton Flooring to schedule a consultation. Let us help you achieve the beautiful and long-lasting timber floors you deserve.