Sunday, 30 October 2011

Cheshire Parquet Block Floor Repair and Renovation

This Parquet flooring repair and restoration is now completed and doesn't the floor look good, the original Oak parquet floor is now fully repaired and sanded and sealed and is now ready for many years of service for our clients.

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Parquet Flooring Repair and Restoration Cheshire

Another Woodfloor-Renovations Parquet Floor Restoration project, this one was in Cuddington, Cheshire.

In this video clip you can see the areas of blocks which we have just repaired [with the white masking tape on] and the other voided area which we were about to repair.

Check back to see the second video where you can see the completed project.

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Sunday, 23 October 2011

My Wood Floor Looks Orange.....Why ?????

Hello and welcome to another Woodfloor-Renovations blog post.

Today we'll talk about another question i've been asked many times, the [full] question is:- "I've got a Maple Strip Wood Floor and it looks almost Orange ? It was only sanded and finished 3 years ago...Do you know why my floor has gone that colour ?? "

I've seen countless wood floors that have turned orange in colour, usually only a couple of years after the floor has been refinished, the culprit is merciless in that it doesn't care what the species is, or whether the floor is Parquet Block or Strip Flooring, the end result will always be the that the floor turns Orange in colour.

The guilty party is almost certainly a floor seal called 'Bourneseal' this product was used very widely in the floor sanding industry for many years as a flooring lacquer, and is still available today, but is no-where near as popular with flooring contractors as it once was.

I don't know the technical details as to why Bourneseal turns wooden floors an orangey colour, the lady who sent in the question mentioned that the floor seal had looked clear for at least two years and then started to slowly turn orange during the third year.

If you want the floor to look clear again i'm afraid the only thing you can do is to have it fully Sanded off and Re-Sealed, as far as i know there is no other way, but if you do have the floor fully sanded make sure your contractor uses a modern non yellowing seal from a reputable manufacturer such as Bona, Junckers or Lobadur...

There are many other Lacquers out there from excellent manufacturers, which will do the job very well, but as I use lacquers very regularly from Junckers, Lobadur [lecol here in the UK] and Bona, I know these products work extremely well and WILL NOT even go yellow, never mind orange.

Hope that helps, thanks for reading.

Regards Gary

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Dust Free Wood Floor Sanding...How Dust Free is it ?

Hello and Welcome to another Woodfloor-Renovations Blog Post

Today the question I've been asked is a very common one, but is of great concern to every person who asks....The question is "Is Dust Free Floorsanding really dust free ??"

The very short answer to this is...No, its not 100% dust free.

No-one out there in the big wide world of floor sanding can honestly claim to provide a completely 100% dust free floorsanding can claim to provide a 95% dust free service.

I believe there is actually a European Parliamentary Directive that seeks to prohibit companies in Europe from claiming to offer a 100% dust free floorsanding service, well that's what I heard in Nov 2008 at the UK Bona headquarters in Milton Keynes... 

For many people out there who have hired a floor sanding machine and sanded their own wood floors using hire shop equipment, the concept of a virtually dust free experience would seem like something of a far fetched fairy story, I myself have seen these hire shop machines in action, spewing out dust at a quite unbelievable rate, quickly filling even large rooms with never ending amounts of wood dust.

I hasten to add to have only seen the machines working, I have never used one of these lower quality sanding machines [and I never will]

At Woodfloor-Renovations we use Bona floor sanding machinery, its high end professional floor sanding kit that genuinely does collect 95% + of the dust particulates created during the floor sanding process. The remaining few percent is easily Vacuumed up, and right at the very end of all the sanding/vacuuming processes, we always tack cloth the entire floor to leave the area as dust free as possible.

It really is possible to have a virtually dust free floor sanding process, but you will need to use professional quality equipment to make the virtually dust free scenario a reality, and most importantly vacuum the floor frequently during the floor-sanding processes. 

Hope that helps...Thanks for reading.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Sanding Wooden Floors-How Long Before You Know What You Are Doing ?

Hello and Welcome to another Woodfloor-Renovations Blog Post

Today's post is a recently received question from a Mr Keen,
who ask's " I'm thinking of Sanding Wood Floors for a living, in your experience how long is it before you know what you are doing ??

Well Mr. Keen, in my experience, and I'll be brutally honest with you, it was a full 9 months before I felt fully in control of the jobs/projects I was working on. In the Wood Floor Sanding world you come across many, many things of which are out of your control, but at the same time you have to deal with these issues and do the best you can with any given situation.

As an example of the multitude of variables a professional floor sander has to encounter, I'll briefly describe an issue we had to deal with some months back at a school which we regularly do renovation works.

The area was a long corridor, original parquet blocks [Oak] the floor had been sanded off, and at the end of the second day we applied the first coat of seal [Junckers Baseprime] we left the premises and went home after this coat had been applied, the weather when we left was bright and sunny.

When we came back to the job the next morning there was a puddle of water near to a window, unfortunately overnight there had been very heavy rains and unbeknown to anyone at the school, the window developed a bad leak, the water had stained an area of the floor, and seeing as we were about to put on 3 Coats of Junckers HP Sport commercial lacquer, something had to be done.

We basically sanded off the effected area and re-applied the Baseprime, then continued to apply the finishing coats of lacquer, in short you will come across a multitude of different types of issues and difficult situations, very often when you are half way [and more] through a project...Experience is the key to high quality floor sanding, it's the experience that can't be bought, only gained by doing job after job to a high standard.

If you are serious about getting into the industry, I would recommend you try and obtain work in your part of the world with a reputable company as an assistant, learning the trade properly from the ground up, it's not an easy job and is very hard work, and you must bear in mind there is a huge amount to learn, from using the machinery correctly, to applying seals, oils, lacquers, stains etc.etc...the list goes on and on.

Before taking the plunge into the deep end, one major thing I would advocate would be to do an industry recognised training course, which will give you a basic grounding and show you how to correctly use the equipment, apply seals and oils the correct way.

Having a qualification is nice after doing two days training, but it doesn't mean you know what you are doing, or in the harsh world of floor sanding are properly qualified...It means you are moderately proficient after doing 2 days training...Knowledge and know-how take time and experience, if you are dedicated to the craft you have a good chance.

Whichever way you go I hope it goes well for you.

Hope that helps - Thanks for reading