Floor Sanding Company in Hertfordshire
We provide high quality floor sanding services in Hertfordshire and the surrounding area. We take pride not just in the quality of our workmanship but also in our professional service and support.
Floor sanding can give domestic and commercial properties a fantastic make-over and a more cost-effective finish than re-flooring your property. For a ‘good-as-new’ finish to any wooden floor you should consider our floor sanding services.
All of our work is fully guaranteed and we are comprehensively insured for your peace of mind. Our team have been sanding and restoring floors in the Hertfordshire area for many years so you can be certain of a professional and reliable service every time.
Our floor sanding process
We use only the best quality product and equipment when undertaking any floor sanding project, and we have perfected our process over many years.
We will select the most appropriate floor grit depending on the condition of your floor, then proceed on to apply a coarse abrasive to remove deep stains, discolouration, paint and so on.
Once we’ve removed the ground in dirt and grime we will sand your floor using only the best sanding equipment and sandpaper. We carefully undergo this process until your floor is ready to be finished with a smooth, sanded finish which will restore your floor to its former glory.
If you’re ready for the best floor sanding service you can imagine then get in touch with us today on 01462 677 996 or click here to contact us.
Our past workWe are proud of the work we carry out for our customers and you can view a small selection of past work in our portfolio by clicking here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Take a look at some of our FAQ's
WHAT IS FLOOR SANDING?
'Floor sanding' or 'wood floor restoration' are the terms we use to describe the process of removing the top layer of a wooden floor with sand paper to reveal the untouched wood beneath. We do this with professional floor sanding machines from Pallmann. Once the top layer of old varnish and dirt is removed and the floor is level we start to use finer sand paper to make the wood nice and smooth. Every type of wood has to be treated differently so knowledge and experience is important. The aim is to sand off as little as possible, whilst still removing any imperfections and creating a nice level smooth, scratch free surface.
WILL THERE BE LOTS OF DUST?
Older floor sanding machinery or the type of machinery generally available from hire shops are not very good at collecting the dust which can lead to lots of airborne dust, once in the air it tends to travel all over the house and can be quite difficult clean. Airborne dust is also not very good for your health especially if you suffer from any allergies or asthma, and dust from some wood types can be potentially more harmful than others.
The machinery we use from Pallmann is the best on the market for picking up the dust it creates, the standard belt sanders are fitted with a bag that collects most of the dust but unfortunately a small amount of airborne dust can still escape. However, to help combat this we use a mobile dust extractor from Dust Control UK (worldwide specialists in dust extraction, http://dustcontroluk.co.uk/) and this impressive machine works hard to help remove the very finest of dust particles. You can never eliminate 100% of the dust, but we feel this comes pretty close.
IS MY FLOOR TOO DAMAGED TO BE RESTORED?
In our experience it is very unusual to come across a floor that cannot be restored. The only times this is the case is if the floor has been over sanded in the past especially with engineered floors, the other instance is if the floor has been badly damaged by woodworm. A small amount of woodworm in pine floorboards is not a problem and actually makes a nice feature. If the surface looks really bad and has been neglected for many years we can still remove the surface and restore the floors natural beauty.
CAN YOU REPAIR AND REPLACE MISSING SECTIONS OF MY OLD FLOOR?
There is nothing more beautiful than a restored original wooden floor in a period property. Not only does it look stunning but can also add value to your home. It is often the case following modern day property alterations such as extensions, that parts of the original floor have suffered damage or are simply missing. This is where we really leave our competitors behind - As specialists in this area, we can source reclaimed flooring to best match the existing floors in your property as well as carry out intricate repairs in order to restore your floors former glory, and make additions look as if they were always part of the original installation and design.
We have carried out such repairs to National Trust properties, for example, Anglesey Abbey in Cambridge. And are often called upon by Interior Designers who deal predominantly with period properties, for our expertise.
CAN YOU RESTORE MY PARQUET FLOOR?
Yes, we can. Parquet floors often consist of pine, oak, walnut or mahogany and when restored, really are a thing of a beauty. Parquet flooring requires specialist care and equipment to ensure restoration and repair is carried out correctly and to a high standard. As mentioned above, dealing with the unique, unusual and more intricate aspects of wood floor restoration really is our passion and where our expertise lie.
HOW LONG WILL THE FLOOR SANDING TAKE?
This is hard to give an exact answer to as each job is different but as a guide an average sized room of approximately 20m2 will take 2 days to complete. One day to sand the floor and another day to seal it. Applying the seal does not take long but as we usually put down 3 coats we have to wait for each coat to dry. This means that if we are doing 2 average sized rooms we only need 1 extra day as they can be sealed at the same time.
WHAT WILL THE FLOOR BE FINISHED WITH?
There are a few options which will be explained during a free site visit but there are two main types of finish, floor lacquer and floor oil. Floor lacquer is a polyurethane seal that is applied to the floor after it has been sanded, 3 coats is normally enough, there are a variety of types but we tend to stick with the Pallmann range. Floor lacquers also come in different sheens; Gloss, Satin and Matt. Floor oil gives a more natural look to the floor and treats the wood from within rather than creating a surface layer rather than creating a protective layer.
HOW LONG WILL THE FLOOR LAST BEFORE IT NEEDS TO BE DONE AGAIN?
This is different for every floor and depends on the amount of traffic it receives. If you remove your shoes when you come home and walk about in slippers it can last for 10+ years, but if you have dogs, teenagers or like a party then it will likely need to be done a little sooner. We recommend setting up a maintenance regime to help extend the life of the floor. A good door mat and regular sweeping or vacuuming can really help as grit on the floor will act as an abrasive and wear the seal away. We also recommend having the floor resealed when it starts to show signs of wear; we can do this in 1 day as there is no need for sanding and is only a fraction of the price of the original sanding process.
SHOULD I DECORATE BEFORE OR AFTER THE FLOOR IS SANDED?
If you are incorporating the sanding with decorating the room, we recommend decorating first so any paint splashes or damage can be sanded off. The floor sanders can mark fresh paint on the skirting boards so we recommend leaving the final coat on the skirting until after.
HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN WALK ON THE FLOOR?
The lacquer takes between 1-2 hours to dry but takes up to 3 days to fully cure. The floor can be walked on after about 3 hours but care will need to be taken so we recommend sticking to socks and slippers for a couple of days. We also recommend keeping any furniture off for at least 2 days and no rugs for a week to allow the floor to breath. It is also recommended to get as much airflow over the floor as possible for a few days to speed up the curing process.
ARE THE PRODUCTS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
This is an area in which we are passionate about and are often in contact with Pallmann, our product and machinery manufacturer, to enquire about latest updates. Pallmann are focused on innovating environmentally friendly products with low VOC emissions (High VOC products evaporate dangerous chemicals into the surrounding air which are harmful to breathe in.) Fortunately, the days when wood floors were installed and coated with heavily solvent based products are over. The lacquers we use, for example, are water based rather than solvent based and therefore have low solvent contents and have VOCs as low as 1%. Pallmann are constantly working towards improving the 'environmentally friendliness' of their products.
DO YOU DO DOMESTIC OR COMMERCIAL?
We work in both domestic properties and commercial properties. The type of commercial properties we tend to work in are; National Trust properties, schools, leisure centres, community centres, churches, museums/galleries, theatres, local council buildings, high end commercial offices, restaurants and pubs.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY NEWLY REFURBISHED FLOOR?
We will advise you on how to best look after your newly sanded floor and on the best cleaning regime; what cleaning products to use and some tips and solutions to help reduce the wear of your floor. You may find the following links to the manufacturer's maintenance tutorials useful: