Frequently Asked Questions
Is it dusty?
All contemporary floor sanders come equipped with a dust capturing bags, which comes quite useful and reduces by a large percentage the dust released in the air. However, the floor sander is just part of the equipment used during the floor finishing process. Usually a larger amount of dust is released during the buffing of the floors and some dust is also left uncaptured from the smaller tools used for finishing corners and difficult to reach areas.
Now, 100% Dust Free - Is It Really Possible?
Yes, and we actually have the solution.Our 100% Dust Free Service is available to areas for floor restoration larger than 20sqm and comes with all the restoration equipment we use. Our innovative solution uses a powerfull extraction unit with two-step cyclonic coarse and HEPA separation filters, which connected to our equipment, allows a cleaner and faster sanding.
The dust extracted from the surface immediately and collected within an easy to change, well vacuum protected polethene containers, which prevents the escape of dust into the working environment. The extractors linked to our machinery will leave literaly no dust at all in your fingers, if you touch the floors, just after the refinishing.
For more information please see our Dust-Free Sanding page.
How long will it take?
Approximately 2 days. Large areas or multiple rooms may take several days. You will need to ensure that the area to be sanded will be free of traffic for this period. We will discuss approximate timings with you when we give you your free consultation.
Do I need to move the furniture?
Areas to be sanded is good to be clear of all furniture before we start, as well as for 36 hours after the final coat of varnish is applied (to allow the finish to reach full strength). If you need help with this we can move them for you.
Is it noisy?
The preparation (knocking in nails) and the sanding process is very noisy. The sanding machines we use have powerful electric motors and are far louder than ordinary D.I.Y. power tools. The manufacturers recommend that the operators wear ear protectors. Obviously the application of stains and varnishes is quiet, except maybe for some out of tune whistling!
Should I have my floors sanded before or after I decorate the rest of the room?
We prefer to be the last stage in the interior decoration process. It is much easier to remove a little sanding dust from a freshly painted wall (as long as it is completely dry) than it is to remove paint from a freshly finished wooden floor. Gravity prevails!
Do you use any harmful chemicals/products?
Unless otherwise requested, we use water based varnishes that are odour free and non-toxic. If gap-filling or staining is required, then we will use a solvent based resin which needs careful handling. Good ventilation is important at this stage, as the fumes can be fairly strong.
What about dust mites?
Dust mites are considered to be the most common cause of asthma and allergic symptoms worldwide. They thrive in our houses because in nature they are killed by predators and by exposure to direct sun rays. They love carpets and underlay because they can find protection in the depths from sunlight, predators and vacuum cleaners.
Why do you use a stain and a varnish? Why not use a coloured varnish?
If you visit your local DIY super-mega-store, a lot of the floor varnishes on offer have a colour included, such as teak or oak. The advantage of this is basically time and convenience during application. The disadvantage is that, with each coat you apply, the colour changes and darkens. You are guessing what the final appearance will be. More importantly, as a coloured varnish wears with traffic, the colour starts to be affected immediately. With our process, the seal is protecting the wood and the colour stain, ensuring that the stain remains the same for many years. When we get to the staining stage, we can apply 2 or 3 different options to a small section of the floor for you to choose from. We simply sand these samples off once you have decided and apply your choice.
Why do most schools use the wood flooring?
For the same reason many homes and businesses do: durability and comfort. Indeed, wood flooring commands more than 70% of the highly demanding sports floor market. Wood floors are softer and more supple than other surfaces. Wood flooring provide great resistance, improved shock absorption, and increased energy return, all of which help to reduce injury and body fatigue for athletes.
Does wood flooring provide good acoustics?
Churches, universities and other clients with auditorium projects increasingly request wood floors for its warmth and acoustic contributions. Professional installation techniques can increase acoustic abilities.