5 Mistakes to avoid when you sand timber floors!

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When You Sand Timber Floors

When we sand timber floors, the first thing we do is talk to our clients. We talk about staying safe, and how to avoid headaches during works. There have been some “uh oh” moments over the years from miss-communication. For that reason, here are the top 5 tips to iron out the bugs and make it a stress-free experience.

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1. – Don’t Sand Timber Floors until Last When Renovating

Before you sand timber floors you should finish your all your building work. For fear that you end up with a scratched or dented floor; you should schedule it as the last task. Jump in beforehand and you risk costly damage. Don’t risk blowing your budget out of the water. Tools, glue, grout, work boots, grit, paint and more can result in re-coating or re-sanding to repair them.

2. – Don’t Leave Your Cars Under The House

Some gaps between floorboards can be wider than others. Depending on the size, the floor coating can sometimes seep or drip through. Rather than ruin your pride and joy’s paint work, you should move them out. In the event that you decide to cover them, ensure to use plastic drop sheets rather than fabric. Of course, it is only necessary if you do not have a ceiling present under your floor.  

3. – Don’t Roll Your Fridge Over Your Freshly Sanded Floor

Some people have ruined their floors days after completion. Oh yes, believe me, it has happened! Today’s fridges have a huge weight riding on four tiny wheels. They can indent the surface as well as taking the floor coating with it. But there is a safe way to move them back in after you sand timber floors. Watch the short video below to find out how.

4. – Don’t Forget There is a Fire Hazard Risk

Many timber floor coatings are flammable. In the event that we coat your floor with one, you should be well aware of what you can and can’t do. As a matter of fact, it is preferable if you vacate the house, especially during the coating process. It can be dangerous for a home owner unaware of the risks. Some activities classed as high risk can include naked flames such as a plumber’s torch. Others can include even a toaster, gas or electric cooker and smoking to name a few.

5. – Don’t Leave Clothes/Towels in Built-in Cupboards

Although we guarantee to keep your home dust free, there is yet, an exception. If we sand and polish flooring in built-in cupboards, it will pay to empty them prior. Sanding edges in tight places can warrant the use of smaller hand-held sanders. Sometimes, because of the confined spaces, vacuum hose connection may be difficult. Static electricity charged dust particles can cling to fabric located on lower shelves. Coupled with that, towels and clothing can absorb the smell of the floor coating used. You should move them before the sanding process.  This is always preferable rather than washing and re-folding everything afterwards.

In Conclusion

We sand timber floors in Brisbane on a daily basis. It’s important to us to inform our clients every step of the way about what to expect before and during works. Find out more about our floor sanding services or talk to us today for free, helpful advice – we’d love to hear from you.

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Brisbane Floor Sanding Service

Our Brisbane floor sanding service is second to none. Rather than just telling you how good we are, we show you. For example, view this floor sanding case study video of a timber floor we polished in Kedron. We point out timber surface faults and how we remedy them for a super-flat, stunning result.

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Brisbane Floor Sanding Process – Three Steps To Success

Here we explain our floor sanding process. In a nutshell, the Three Steps to Success mean one thing; you get a dead flat floor, guaranteed! If the sanding process is not done the right way, then a less than desirable result will follow. The initial sanding methods must match the floor surface conditions. About 99% of older floors have surface defects present. Defects can include concave/convex boards, lips at the board edges and stains to name a few.

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Angle sand the floor at 30-45 degrees to remove:

  • Concave or convex shape of floorboards
  • Excessive lips at edges of boards
  • Previous sanding defects
  • Stains or surface defects

Brisbane Floor Sanding – Pre-sand Repair Service

We carry out all types of timber floor pre-sand repair services in preparation for sanding and polishing. General repairs include:

  • Squeaky floorboards
  • Sub-floor defects
  • Termite/Borer damage
  • Water damage

After replacing floorboards we also ‘stain to match’ as part of our Brisbane floor sanding service.

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Seldom is this question even asked: “What type of coating will you use on my floor?” In fact the focus on the client’s mind is usually “which gloss level shall I choose?” By all means this is perhaps a key aspect to consider, although second in line of importance.

Not just the type of coating, but also, and most importantly the durability is a vital point to consider. A point often overlooked is that the film of coating between your feet and the raw timber surface is your only protection. With this in mind, once the coating wears through, moisture and dirt will enter the raw timber and ruin your floors. In order to prevent that, we use a high solids, high film build coating system for maximum longevity.

Let’s Cut To The Chase – What About Pricing!

We do in fact cut to the chase! Without further delay check out our Brisbane Floor Sanding prices and how we charge for varying floor conditions right now.

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Timber Floorboard Replacement

Timber floor repairs Brisbane experts Economy Floor Sanding fix damaged floors. Floorboard replacement along with timber floor restoration & renovation is all in a days work when dealing with older homes. This is generally is the case with Brisbane’s iconic Queenslander style residences. We take great pride in restoring timber floors within these homes. The colour blending in of new or old floorboards is one of our specialties.

Don’t concern yourself with the condition of your old floor. We often surprise our customers by creating a feature floor from an old timber floor eyesore

We Repair Damaged Floors

Brisbane Floor Renovation and Repair

Timber floor repairs and maintenance in preparation for floor sanding and polishing can entail floorboard replacement. Timber floor repairs may become necessary for many reasons. You may have removed an old kitchen revealing old plumbing holes which ran through the floor. There may be termite or borer floorboard damage present. You may only need general repairs or subfloor attention. Get in contact with the Brisbane timber floor restoration experts so we can discuss your options.

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It is desirable for appearances to stagger the joins of the replaced floorboards. This is so two boards don’t end on a floor joist next to each other. It sometimes means extending a board or two to the next joist to detract attention of the eye. This alternates the joins for more concealment of the timber floor repairs. Find out more about how we go that extra mile to achieve the best outcome possible.

Timber Floor Repair Options

It is not always easy to source floorboards to blend in with your old existing floor. Matching them could depend on many factors. These can include species, colour and age along with your particular floorboard width. In some cases we can locate old floorboards if they are available. Our office is near one of Brisbane’s largest recycling/demolition yards. Colour matching and blending is faultless using this method. We may still need to adjust the floorboard width to accommodate your floor.

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Repairing Noisy Timber Floorboards

Noisy floorboard repairs may not need replacement of the board. The remedy for squeaky or creaking timber floors may be simple. It may lie in the normal course of the sanding and polishing processes. Punching the nails will settle the boards back tight to the joists. This will stop ‘nail squeaks’ or loose floorboards rubbing against nails when walked across.

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Repair Floor Surface damage

Timber floor repairs such as scratches, scuff marks or surface damage can be an easy fix. This is only if they are superficial, that is, only in the top coat of the polyurethane. The negative side is that the entire floor will need to be re-coated to avoid gloss level variations. If the scratch is in an inconspicuous location, an individual board may be coated as a quick repair. This type of repair would not impact on the floor as a whole.

Repair Timber Floor Moisture Damage

Water and moisture damage is most prevalent in or next to wet areas. Wet areas would include the bathroom, toilet, laundry and kitchen. Failed pipe connections leaking under floor coverings over time can be a cause. Moisture barrier coatings in bathrooms can also fail. Fibrous cells of the timber absorb moisture and will begin to break down over an extended period of time. Staining of the floorboards can also occur. An onsite inspection will determine the extent of the damage.

Restoring Floors with UV light Damage

UV light or unfiltered sunlight reaching the floor surface has damaging effects over time. Just as our skin will burn without the filter of sunscreen, so too will your floors suffer harm. Excessive yellowing of the surface coating will be the first tell-tale sign. If it is detected early, you can stop it by filtering the light. If left too long the coating will start to deteriorate and break down. The interior coating would be exposed to the full exposure of the sun. This would be like it was coated on an exterior deck. Interior finishes can not withstand this type of exposure to the sun.

Timber Floor Restoration Repairs

After a major home restoration there are a many reasons your floors may need attention. Removing walls to achieve open plans or kitchen adjustments can expose raw timber surfaces. Damage from tradies tools or building materials can also lead to possible repairs. Repairs can range from a simple re-coat to a complete re-sand back to raw timber to rectify the abuse.

Timber Floor Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation of worn polished floors is just general maintenance. Polyurethane finishes will thin and will wear down over time. This is generally in main traffic zones such as in the kitchen and down the centre-path of the hallway. The rest of the polished floor surface may need a recoat at the same time. This is to get that uniform gloss appearance throughout. Re-coating a floor is a one day procedure for minimal disruption for your family.

Timber Subfloor Repairs

Minor subfloor repairs may be necessary in older homes, and if under-floor access in available, most of these repairs are quite simple. Floor joists may need bracing or propping up to remedy a spongy section of flooring.

Rescuing Timber Floors

Unfortunately today the over-confident DIY handyman is attempting any task around the home imaginable. It is common that we have to repair and re-do a large number of problematic floors.

These floors, if left in their current state, can look average and even devalue a home. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to call in a professional floor sander. Let us get your home back into shape. We can help turn that traumatic task into the dream floor you first set out to achieve.

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Whitewash Timber Floor Brisbane

To begin with, Bona White is a water based primer used as a system with Bona water based top coats. It does, in fact give that Whitewash timber floor look to lighter coloured Pine timbers. In the event that a client wants a natural untreated look, one coat is enough. In like manner, two or more coats will increase the intensity. Of course this would depend on the desired outcome.

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As shown above, the floor in the video is Cypress Pine parquetry. After two Bona White primer coats, we then applied two top coats of Bona Traffic. In this case, it gave the floor a semi-gloss type appearance.

Whitewash look and Low Maintenance

Some clients in the past have asked if there is any way to lighten their floors. This Bona White coating system is definitely the Whitewash timber floor solution. It definitely has a modern look to it although I feel the lower sheen finishes compliment this whitewash look. The combination of the lighter colour with a low sheen finish will really hide fine surface dust. In other words a trendy look and low maintenance floor.

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Video Transcript

This parquetry floor started out with this old water-based clear finish applied to it. It had some general wear and tear, and they had also just removed an old fireplace which needed to be sanded down flat and blended in. The clients were also after a different look this time around.
They decided on a white-wash effect, to really lighten up the room, and contrast against their dark furniture. Bona White is a water-based primer used as a system combined with clear, Bona top coats. On this floor I applied two coats of the white primer followed by two coats of Bona Traffic. As you can see, it has really lightened up this room and it was exactly the look this customer was after.

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Old Hardwood Floor Restored

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Old Hardwood Floor

This is another typical old hardwood floor we have restored for a client in Wavell heights. It had a few defects as well as the usual wear and tear of about 15 years of general household use.

This old hardwood floor was in bad shape. When I first viewed it, I found more than the usual amount of sanding imperfections. The rear of the house had an extension added. Unfortunately, the builder had failed to level the joists on one side of the house. The transition between the old and new floors was very evident. It angled down and was visible in reflected light on the old polished surface. Sanding Brisbane floors that need a little extra skill and TLC is exactly what we do best.

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Water Stains In The Kitchen

In the kitchen, there were dark water stains that the previous sander had not been able to sand out. By the look of the pattern, I would surmise that ceramic tiles were present at some stage. Not only that, but they had also glued them to the floorboards at some previous stage. Mopping the ceramic tiles caused moisture to penetrate through the grout. Beneath the grout, the moisture then passed into the timber surface. This has formed a stained pattern in the timber surface over an extended period of time. Although this was an eyesore, I let the client know that there was no guarantee it could sand out. I had no idea of the extent of the previous water damage. Likewise, I did not know if the previous floor sander spent any time attempting to remove it.

To the credit of the previous refinishing company, the coating they used was of a high standard. The main foot traffic pathways such as down the centre of the hall and the entry did not show signs of general wear. At the same time, it was also a tough coating to sand off. This suggests it was more than likely solvent based polyurethane.

Sanding This Old Hardwood Floor

As usual, when faced with a floor riddled with visible flaws, angle sanding was necessary. Sands in alternating directions were necessary in a couple of locations. The join between the original house and the extension was definitely one of them. My promise to the client was clear. You cannot remove structural defects with a sanding machine. With this old hardwood floor, you can only minimise them. That said, our processes, and in conjunction with a low sheen finish, was a massive improvement. In fact, upon completion, it was only visible from one angle, and only with the right lighting.

This Old Floor – On The Borderline

In short, the stains in the kitchen also sanded out completely. Although that sounds short and sweet, it was no easy task. In the first place, the width of the kitchen restricted the angle I could use with the large sander. Next, the amount of sanding was starting to concern me as you can only remove so much before other issues can arise. This prompted me to take a measurement of the remaining timber above the tongue and groove. Only after that inspection, it was safe to proceed a little further, and it was well worth the effort.

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In Conclusion

On the whole, this old hardwood floor was now free of defects and looked 100 percent on its previous state. It was a pleasure to hand over this floor back to the owners. This old hardwood floor was now dead flat and a big hit with the clients. Find out more about sanding and polishing old timber floors.

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Our Brisbane service area covers all suburbs north of the city as far as Dayboro. For a free on-site consultation and quote please contact Karl at Economy Floor Sanding Brisbane today on 0419684404.

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Aspley Floor Sanding and Polishing

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Aspley Floor Sanding and Polishing

This Aspley floor sanding and polishing job came up like a dream. Be that as it may,  there was some water damage next to the bathroom. It was a hardwood floor and also, in otherwise good condition. It also had carpet on it for most of it’s life. Aspley is a suburb in north Brisbane. It has a mix of two story modern brick and older timber homes. This one is one of the older homes.

As you can see in this short video, most of this hardwood floor sanded clean. This is despite the home, as it stands is 80 odd years old. The water damage was not severe. In this case rust stains had bled into the timber around some of the nails. In any event, you cannot sand out this type of stain.

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Typical Old Floor

You can see by the half-rotted skirting boards, it has been an issue for a drawn-out period of time. The skirting boards are Pine timber. For this reason, they have rotted at a faster rate.

Rust stains are quite common here and there in older homes. Besides bathrooms, it also occurs in kitchens not to mention fridge recesses. At the same time you can find this condition in toilets, laundries and entry points.

Solid Feedback

As a Brisbane floor sanding company, Economy Floor Sanding’s name was handed to this customer by more than one of his family members. It was by all means satisfying to hear the owner say to me “you’ve got the job” even before I had even issued the quote. 

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View another post where we restore another old hardwood floor.

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Spotlight on Trust

During the initial visit and home visit with this client, I pointed out this fault to the client. The client wanted this Aspley floor sanding and polishing job coated in a low sheen finish. This is by far our most popular coating. Although it just looks terrific on hardwood timber floors, it also had an elegant sheen. This finish also has a modern look and also the added bonus of hiding dust. For the most part higher gloss finishes tend to show the dust more.

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Repairing Scratches in Polished Floors

Repairing scratches in polished timber floors is what we do on a weekly basis. For a home owner, it’s a tough road to go down to see their beautiful floors in such a state.

I’ve Scratched My Polished Floors And I Need Them Fixed

No matter how careful you are, at some stage, your beautiful polished dream floors will get marked, scratched or scuffed.

Fixing Scratches – The How & Why

Everybody frets that sooner or later someone will push a shopping trolley into their new car. You know it’s going to happen – it’s only a matter of time. In like manner, the same goes for your polished timber floor.

Unlike car paint, an isolated repair may or may not be possible. It depends on the type of damage and other factors, for example:

  • How deep is the scratch?
  • The location of the scratch.
  • How long it has been left unattended.

We get calls every day from clients about repairing scratches and damaged polished floors. Here are a few examples:

  • A tradesman has dropped something on my floor.
  • A removalist has scuffed my floor.
  • Our tenants have scratched our floors.

DIY Tips To Repair Scratches

There is an easy DIY way to reduce the visibility of a scratch. Bunnings sell a product called ‘Waxstix’- a wax touch-up crayon. By all means this is not a proper fix, and as flooring professionals, we do not use these as part of our services. This is a DIY fix for the home owner, or a Band-Aid fix at minimal cost.
They come in twelve species colours and are versatile. You can also heat them to fill a dent or scratch. You may also blend colours for a real timber grain effect. At only $5.95 a stick, they’re worth a try before calling in a pro. The beauty of these sticks is that you can coat over the repair at a later stage. They have no beeswax in them. This means at a later stage you can have your floor recoated without any rejection problems.

How a Pro Repairs Scratches

It’s important to realise it still depends on the depth of the scratch. For minor scratches only in the surface of the top coat, then a recoat of the floor will fix it. To clarify, a light sand of the existing surface and then apply a new top coat. Unless the entire floor area has a recoat applied at one time, a gloss level variation will be noticeable. That is when you need to consider the location of the repair. Every home is different. A site inspection will ensure the best possible location for a join line. This will minimise visibility. Not every scratch is in the surface of the coating only. Most scratches are from dragging heavy furniture across floors. This type of damage takes the repair work to the next level.

The Next Level of Damage

The next level of repairing scratches is when a scratch in a floor is also dented. To explain, you can feel an indentation with your fingernail within the scratch. A simple recoat will not repair this damage. For this repair we will need to strip the floor back to raw timber. We will then need to apply the full coating system. Once again, the location will determine if we need to recoat other areas to blend gloss levels. Further, a suitable location for a join line may not always be possible. This would also mean the addition of a recoat of the rest of the polished floor area.
The most common forms of indented scratches are from the movement of large furniture. You should not roll or slide furniture over polished timber floors. The most common calls we get are from landlords and tenants. Moving in or moving out are the most crucial times. Fridges sit on 4 small wheels and are very heavy. Track marks from the wheels can occur. There is a method for moving fridges over polished floors without damaging them. Read about it on our polished timber floor care page.

Landlords Take Note

In general, your tenancy agreement should include a special clause relating to floor care. This is for both the landlord and also the tenant’s benefit. It should include moving in procedures, as well as general floor care boundaries. Read all about landlords and polished timber floors right here.

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In addition to repairing scratches we also carry out general floor repairs plus much more. Read about all our timber floor repair services right here.

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Find out how to self assess the condition of your polished timber floors. We show you what to look for and how to find the high wear areas.

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Gaps Between Floorboards – Can They Be Filled?

Our north Brisbane floor sanding clients always ask “Can you fill the gaps between floorboards?” Some floors are tight while others can have gaps up to 5mm wide. Besides from floors laid with gaps present, floors can also shrink in the dry months. As a result, gaps will widen between the boards. Also, air conditioners will also dry out a floor and, in similar fashion cause the gaps to widen.

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Why Are There Gaps Between My Floorboards

Besides heating and cooling your home, other factors can be the cause of gaps widening. For example, direct sunlight or heat from the sun. If glass doors or windows sometimes allow direct sunlight in, it can heat a floor, and as a result, dry it out. This will of course, only be an isolated area.
Underfloor conditions can also be a problem. Air flow can sometimes dry the underside of the floorboards. In similar fashion, moisture can cause the opposite effect. For example poor drainage can trap moisture under a home. This can without doubt cause floorboards to expand.

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Sometimes customers ask to have these gaps filled. In brief, it is not a good idea. Yes, the floor would look better with the gaps filled. Sadly, it will always crack and break out. Further, it will break out in pieces. As a north Brisbane floor sanding company, we want the best for our clients. As a result, we refrain from this practice.

The Problems That Will Occur

Indeed we do sometimes find old timber floors that have filler between the boards. There may be pieces of fill still intact. Without doubt, pieces dislodge, and are missing. As a result, these floors do not have a uniform look about them. It is also hard to rectify this problem. In summary, “Can you fill gaps between floorboards with any success?”… in short the answer is no. Timber is a natural product that moves and shifts to suit its surrounding conditions and climate.

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It’s Your Choice

When updating your timber floor, it can be a great way to modernize a home. It can also add serious value. In addition, it could make your home more appealing when it comes to selling.

But is it always a good idea to go for the cheapest price? Besides that, what does a quality floor actually mean? Also, how do you decide whether to focus on a high quality floor or the best price?

Here in this post, I’ll first explain how clients choose a Brisbane floor sanding company. Besides that, i’ll also show you the reasons why. Then you’ll find out what you need to look for when deciding what’s best for you.

What’s your Category?

When Brisbane floor sanding clients enquire about prices, they always fall into one of three main groups:

1st Type

When Clients:
  • Want the cheapest price they can possibly get.
  • Are not concerned with anything else.

2nd Type

When Clients:
  • Definitely want a good job.
  • Don’t know exactly what they are getting.
  • Haven’t done any research.
  • The cheapest price ends up being their driving factor.

Make Sure You Get Real Value For Money

Saving money now is great, but what about the costs in the long term? To get real value for money, you should understand the effects of cutting corners. At Economy Floor Sanding we always make sure the client can make an informed decision. That way, you will be able to get your value for money and also the best outcome for your money spent.

I sometimes cut to the chase and just ask a client if they are just looking for the cheapest price possible. They reply with something like “pretty much”.Karl Little (Business Owner)

Get The Real Picture

We like to let our Brisbane floor sanding clients know what we mean by Polished floors vary in quality and durability. For example, as a break down in costs for polished timber floors, 85 to 90% of what you pay for, is workmanship. Only 10 to 15% of the cost is materials (Coating & sandpaper).

To illustrate, this means that the quality factor lies solely with the skill and care of the operator. It also lies with the experience, and the type of equipment used. And finally, the time spent to bring about a result that would create a feature in your home.

To clarify, the minor mistakes made by a sander on your floor could be compared with small dents on the bonnet of your car. When you’re sitting in the driver’s seat, in reflected light it will be highly visible. Brisbane floor sanding companies will also opt for the cheapest coatings they can find. Further, they will apply it to your floors to raise their profits and keep their costs down. For that reason, the durability of your floors may suffer. Long lasting floors always start with the quality of the coating. In other words, the film build between your feet and the raw timber floor. This is where all your durability lies. While there are many types of floor coatings on the market, they all vary in formulas, quality and cost.

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Whether or not you choose price over quality, you should read the rest of this post. Consider the following information because as you always hear, knowledge is power. The following information is what Brisbane floor sanding companies don’t always want you to know.

These topics are what affect customers the most. Most likely, it’s when it’s too late. They have either moved their furniture back into their home or too much time has passed.

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Topic #1: Not punching the nails

This ‘time saver’ for the floor sander will always come back to bite the customer every time. So it’s just a matter of when. If your sanding a somewhat new floor (under a year or two old) that has been hand punched I think you’re pretty safe. If it’s an older floor, then it will need the nails punched. Punching the nails before sanding the floor is an absolute must. This will settle the floorboards back down onto the joists. To explain, the floorboards will loosen and start to move over time. This is normal, but too much movement can crack the coating. Also, this is one reason floors start to creak. As a result of the coat cracking, an opaque line will also appear between the floorboards. Because of this, other problems can follow. I think delamination of the coating at the cracked joins is the biggest problem. Following this, moisture can enter the timber. Economy Floor Sanding always re-punches the floors we sand. Also, our quotes state this clearly in the ‘scope of work’ section.

Topic #2 – Low durability coating

Most Brisbane home owners never even enquire about the coating. Without doubt, others have some sort of knowledge. Whether you do or not, it’s the difference between your floor lasting 2 to 3 years or 10 to 20 years. You should know that if the coating wears through, your floor will need to be completely re-done. If you think you’re saving money with a no frills Brisbane floor sanding company, this really should be a wakeup call. In contrast, we always use the highest film build floor polyurethane on all our floors. For example, here is a basic transcript of a phone call we receive on a regular basis.

“Hi, we had our floors polished by another company a year or two ago with a water based finish. Now it is all worn; it hasn’t lasted. We want to have them done again. We also want a different finish, one that lasts”.
Don’t become one of these statistics! Also, don’t pay to have your floors sanded twice!

Topic #3 – Sanding techniques

Perhaps if polished timber floors were an ‘off the shelf’ product, then quality would always be the same. If this was the case, then you should definitely seek the cheapest price of an equal product. Your polished timber floors yet, are created with your existing floor. As a result, this leaves the door wide open for a variance in the quality of your finished floor. While sanding techniques vary, then every step of the way will have an impact on the end result. You should definitely take note of some of the major issues listed here below.

The initial sanding cut

First of all, if the initial cut (or the first sand) is not done on a 15 to 30 degree angle, then the floor will never be dead flat. In contrast, most floor sanding companies will start sanding with the grain. Perhaps this is a quicker way to clean the floor, although it can leave an uneven surface. This can, for instance, allow the machine to dip and roll into the floor imperfections. Also, it won’t remove them or sand them out. As you always hear, if the foundation of any job is not done right at the beginning, then a poor result will always follow. In other words, the poor results will be present. They will also be detectable once in reflected light upon completion.

The final sand

Once the floor is flat, then it’s time for the final sanding. In short, you need to get this stage right because it can make or break a polished timber floor. To explain, it removes the minor defects the other sanding machines have left. To do this, it requires the use of a rotary sanding machine. Furthermore, starting and finishing with the right grades of paper is critical. Finally, finishing with a screen mesh is the method of choice. To put it another way, you cannot rush this step. Without doubt, some floor sanders focus on quantity rather than quality. If the time is not spent at this stage, minor swirl marks will show through the coating upon completion.

Topic #4 – Final Preparations

Once you’re here, at this point, laziness can always ruin an otherwise perfect floor. While time saving companies will try to cut corners here, the customer will always pay the price. Perhaps this price may be monetary, or it may mean a delayed finish date. As an example, this may be due to necessary repairs or remedial work. Nonetheless it’s a delay you don’t need. While preparing for a final coat may seem easy, there are many tasks to consider. The top coat must be uniform and also free of debris. Apart from being dust free, gaps under doors need sealing. This will avoid any air movement. Also, nearby windows allowing direct sunlight in the morning or afternoon need covering over. The person coating the floor will also need full body coverings to avoid body hair in the coating. Shoes also need covering with plastic covers to avoid a reaction.

Even with a super clean floor surface, sometimes the coating will need further additives. As an example, you may need to slow or to speed up the drying depending on the weather conditions. All things considered, you can never rush this process. Also, it can mean the difference between a poor quality result and an outstanding one.

In Conclusion

As Brisbane floor sanding professionals, we always care about the work we do. As the business owner, I am not concerned with getting as much work done as possible. To get the best result with every floor is my goal. As I said, the customer needs to do their research so that the cheapest price does not guide them to a poor quality floor.

Sanding and Polishing Floors Top 10 Myths

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Sanding and polishing Timber Floors – Top 10 Myths

Kitchen Floors Are Not Suitable

Sanding and polishing kitchen floors is very common. It is one of the most popular rooms polished within a home. The working triangle between the sink, fridge and oven is a high wear area. Durability is no problem as polyurethane coatings withstand the rush-hour of constant foot traffic. They always add that spark to compliment a new revamped kitchen.

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You should wet mop your polished timber floors to clean

For vinyl or ceramic tiles, wet floors is not a concern. Timber floors yet, are only sealed on the top surface. If your floors are wet, then moisture is seeping between the floorboards into the raw timber. This is not desirable as swelling and expansion of the floorboards can cause problems. This can include cupping (As they will swell at the edges). Before you mop your polished timber floors ensure the mop is well wrung out. Use warm water so it evaporates fast. Visit our floor care page to ensure you protect your asset from premature wear or damage.

Polished floors with hardwood timber are scratch and dent resistant

Timber is a natural material, not man-made. It consists of fibrous cells so it will indent and scratch even if it’s the hardest hardwood you can source. Soft timbers such as Pine will not withstand as much pressure at a given point. Hardwood species withstand more before the cells collapse. You will lessen the visual impact of such damage by steering toward a lower sheen coating. Full gloss tends to highlight the edges of dents and scratches. Repairing scratches is possible depending on the depth of the damage.

It’s ok to walk on polished floors with High heels

High heel shoes are fine – High heels which angle down to a point are not. The pressure concentration at the end point of a high heel is immense. It will crush the timber fibres causing damage which will result in re-sanding and polishing a floor. Once again, the damage will be worse with softer woods.

Concave or convex shape floorboards is the product manufactures fault.

Local conditions in your home can cause floorboards to become concave or convex. The use of dehumidifiers and humidifiers can alter moisture content in a floor. Sub-floor conditions can also contribute. Get a professional floor sander in to assess your home. It may be a simple fix to get the moisture content back into a stable range. Refinishing your floors may be the initial remedy.

If my polished floors darken, lighten, dull or fade then the coating is to blame

Not true. All floors will change colour over time. This process may happen due to environmental factors. Ultraviolet light will darken polyurethane over time. If you have floor rugs, you should rotate their positions every six months. This will avoid ‘lighter patches’ in the shape of your rug. If it does occur, don’t fret. Remove your rug from that area, and over time it will blend back in with rest of your floor colour. Direct unfiltered sunlight will deteriorate your floor coating, and in a short time. It will also lighten and break down the coating in that isolated area. Use filters such as curtains, blinds or tint.

The floor sander should fill the Gaps between the floorboards

Timber is forever absorbing and releasing moisture. The floorboard gaps will open and close on a regular basis. This is why we cannot fill them, as the filler will crack. It then becomes a safety issue as sharp pieces of fill can spear your feet. It also is an eyesore when this occurs.

Supermarket products are fine for cleaning my polished floors

Do not use shop sold cleaners on your floors. Although it may clean them, a residue from the cleaners will build between the boards. This can cause issues at a later stage when applying another coat. Ask the floor sanding and polishing company who finished your floors what the manufacturer specifies. Different coatings will need different cleaners

My floor sander said I can use my vacuum cleaner on my floors

Yes this is OK. Not all vacuum cleaners are suitable. Check under the head that meets the floor and make sure there are no metal parts. When you least expect it, they will scratch your floor. Buy another head at the vacuum shop. Get one completely made with plastic with clip on parts and with bristles that meet the floor.

My small dog won’t damage my polished floors

If you take anything away from this post, then let this be it. Your dog will destroy your floors over a short time. Small dogs are the worst. The claws will dent the timber, and this damage will need re-sanding and polishing. Dogs and polished floors just don’t mix.

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