1We punch nails down below the surface of the floorboards before any sanding starts.
2The floor is then sanded with a coarse grade of sandpaper. This levels the floorboard of any lips and removes any previous coatings or stains.
3The large sanding machine cannot reach close to the skirting boards therefore this area is sanded by a smaller "edging" machine. We then sand again with a medium grade paper, following which the whole floor surface is vacuumed and the nail holes filled with a wood filler, colour matched to your particular wood species.
4We then fine sand after the filler has dried. This removes any excess filler and smoothes the floor surface in preparation for a final buff with a superfine paper ensuring the surface grain is closed and all traces of the previous coarse sandings are removed.
5The entire surface is vacuumed and prepared to receive the finish coatings.
6At the completion of sanding a fast drying coat of finish is applied. Once this coat has dried (approximately 1 hour) a second coat is applied and left to dry overnight. The third and final coat is then applied. After a minimum of 24 hours the floor may be subjected to light foot traffic. The floor should be left for a minimum of 48 hours to dry before heavy foot traffic and furniture replaced (placed down and not dragged).
Be Aware Of
Any silicone on the floor will cause rejection of following coats of Polyurethane.
Halogen downlights create a cobweb effect on the coatings.
The "edger" machine may cause slight markings on the skirting boards which is why we recommend you leave painting of skirtings until after the floors are finished.
You will likely get some variation in colour and grain between the new and old boards.