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You may be interested to know how we’ll go about restoring your hardwood floors.

Below is our detailed  procedure we use:

1 Seal off all areas and set up the dustless equipment. We always seal off the surrounding areas with plastic sheeting and cover any wall or floor vents. This not only protects the other rooms from dust... It also protects our work area from any contamination.

2 Sweep and vacuum your floor. We like to start off with a clean area so we can see what we have to work with. This greatly helps us to do the next step properly.

3 Inspect your floor carefully looking for any protruding nails and countersink them. Almost every floor we work on in London has nails sticking up from the floor boards.

4 Removing the existing finish. The purpose of the first cut is to remove the old existing finish and waxes and get down to the bare wood. We use two different machines in this process. The big belt sander sands in a straight line, up and down the length of the room.The smaller sander – called an edger - sands in a circular motion around the perimeter of the room.

The number of sanding passes required will be largely determined by the condition of the old floor. If the surface is in very good shape (worn through areas, light scratches and a few dents)and has little build-up of old finish and wax, one pass with a medium grit paper is usually sufficient for this step.Most floors we work on have been sanded previously – some are at their very last sand.Because of this, we try extremely hard to removeas little wood as possible.Extra Step:If there is a huge build-up of wax, finish or tar paper, or the floor has been badly abused or damaged, we may need to do more than just one cut for this process. In these cases we drop down to a coarser grit of sandpaper for the first cut.Depending on how bad the floors are, we may need to go through many belts and discs as they gum up or dull. Once the worst of it is removed,we now need to take out the coarse marks left behind. To do this we gradually increase the gritson the sandpaper until it’s ready for the next step.

5 We use two techniques for filling gaps in sanded floors:

A.Resin: fine dust from the floor being sanded is mixed with a resin and applied to gaps with filling knife.

B.Solid Pine Strip: strips of reclaimed pine are glued, forced into the gaps, and chiseled back.

6 Final cut with the belt sander and edger.This final sand is done with fine grit sandpaper and serves two purposes. First it removes the filler sitting on top of the floor that didn’t go into any cracks and second it eliminates the coarser sanding scratches from the previous sanding.

7 Buff the floor. We use a rotary buffer with an abrasive screen to blend the difference between the belt sander’s straight sanding marks and the edger’s circular marks. If this is done properly, when the finish is applied the difference in sanding patterns are barely visible.

 

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