Wooden floor repairs
Some floors may need major or minor repairs. We will rectify any damage and create the perfect surface for the later stages of sanding, staining and sealingWood floor repairs to parquet in Croydon.
Removal / Replacement of Damaged Boards
We fix any loose boards, removing any old tacks and nails. Protruding nails are hammered flat.
If any boards are damaged beyond repair, we will replace them using reclaimed timber – wherever possible, of the same quality and age.
A gap-filled floor is pleasing to the eye but the even look is not always necessary. Filling gaps does prevent both draughts and the build up of dust between the gaps. It also tightens the floor and helps prevent timber movement.
Traditional methods of gap filling include:
Resin – mostly used on parquet and mosaic floors with lots of fine gaps. Dust from the floor is mixed with a resin and applied to the gaps with a filling knife.
Wooden strips – mostly used on parquet and mosaic floors with lots of fine gaps. Dust from the floor is mixed with a resin and applied to the gaps with a filling knife.
Make Floor Sanding Croydon your first choice for wood floor repairs and gap filling – a reliable firm you can trust to do the best job.
Other services provided by Croydon Floor Sanding:
Fire hearth removal
A leftover concrete slab is no partner for your new wooden floor. We can remove redundant fire hearths and disguise the space with floorboards.
Wooden Decking Sanding
Your outdoor decking is an unattractive feature once it has become severely weathered, dirty, scratched or sun damaged. Yet it’s a simple process to make it look like new.
Sanding the entire surface removes the top layer of old, weakened wood fibres – to reveal ‘like-new’ wood fibres hiding just beneath the surface. Then add decking oil or stain to create that bright new finish.
Stairs are often neglected – and covered by carpeting or layers of paint for generations. Stripping is a painstaking process, Eco Friendly Products in Croydonbut the results are well worth the hard work.
The entire tread and risers are stripped, sanded and coated in a clear natural or stained finish. Or for striking results…
Have the riser finished in white paint – with the tread left in clear or stained sealant.
We usually only treat these parts of the stairs and don’t tackle banisters.
WOOD FLOOR SEALING
Varnish or lacquer
More durable than oil sealants, and easier to maintain, these products are typically used for mid to heavy traffic areas.
Varnishing wooden floors in CroydonModern lacquers no longer produce the ‘plastic’ look of old and offer a silky sheen in a matt, satin or high gloss finish.
Our recommended finish would be a polyurethane lacquer – highly resistant to wear but which may create some discoloration to the floor beneath.
As it is not a natural material, it can restrict the breathability of your wooden floor.
For areas experiencing lighter usage, a part polyurethane/part acrylic floor varnish might be preferable. This will not yellow or darken the wood in any way.
For lacquered/varnished floors, we would always recommend three applications. Leave the floor for 24 hours to ensure full strength sealing.
Wood Floors – Waxing
Wax is a completely natural floor finish: safe for you, your family, your home and the environment.
It offers the softest and most mellow of finishes – and leaves your floor able to breathe naturally.
Wax finishes require two applications.
Hard Wax Oil
This organic product is based on natural vegetable oils and waxes. Like natural oil, it brings out the inherent colour in the timber and emphasises the natural grain. It has become popular in recent years with its good balance between natural oil and lacquer – combining a natural look and feel with improved durability.
It is micro-porous and does not crack, flake, peel or blister. With its greater resilience to drying out than natural oil, it can be used in areas of high humidity. Coming in matt or satin finishes, each oil coat can take up to 8-12 hrs to dry.
Hardwax oil is easily maintained by either applying more coats or a ‘revive coat’ which is a thinned down version.
WOOD FLOOR STAINING
Stains enhance the wood grain and alter the colour of wood (eg: darkening a pine floor). Floor stains are applied by hand or roller and take at least 1 hour to dry.
Coloured varnishes are available, but we recommend staining and varnishing in two distinct stages. It is easier to maintain control over the colour and the durability of the sealant will be enhanced. As the varnish or sealant wears away, it will not affect the underlying coloured stain.
Another option is to paint your floor or use a coloured wax (such as lime wax) which gives a soft tinting effect on the visible wood grain.
Coloured wax is a good choice for floors with dull, washed colours. It can also match your home interior by quickly lending some colour to your room. You will get an affordable new floor that looks completely different.
As well as the traditional solvent and oil-based wood stains, we also use odor-free, water-based stains. The colours range from traditional wood colours to contemporary pigmenting: eg white, red, blue or even pink!
WOOD FLOOR MAINTENANCE
Simplicity itself. A lacquered wooden floor is easily maintained by regular sweeping and/or vacuuming to remove dirt and grit.
Do avoid excess moisture and revolving vacuum cleaner brushes. All you need is a damp mop and a wooden floor cleaner, as recommended by the manufacturer. The finish can also be maintained with the appropriate specialist products.
As the floor becomes dull in the long term, it will benefit form a light refinishing. Lightly sand down the original surface and recoat with lacquering.
Waxed wooden floors can similarly be swept, vacuumed and/or mopped on a regular basis, – with their shine maintained by buffing. Wax, or a combination wax and liquid cleaner, may need a once or twice yearly application to keep the floor in optimal condition. Apply wax evenly across the entire floor, leave for 20 minutes – and buff to the desired finish.
COMMERCIAL FLOOR SANDING
Offices, halls, gyms, schools, cafeterias, bars, restaurants … Many of the older buildings in Croydon have natural wooden flooring – a great enhancement to a workplace or public area. Everyone enjoys walking on or eating in an area with a bright freshly-restored wooden floor. A quality floor makes employees and visitors feel valued.
To minimise disruption to your working day, we will work with you to meet your particular demands. Our craftsmen will work on your floor outside of business hours. With our low-dust equipment and efficient cleanup, you can reopen for business next day with a smart newly-renovated floor.
We have restored wooden floors in many commercial and non-domestic premises: