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.
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.
Read more about dog claw damage
Find out exactly what dogs can do to your polished floors. There are ways to avoid the damage.
Brisbane North Floor Sanding Experts
We sand and polish timber floors in north Brisbane. Coupled with two decades of service to our clients, we have delt with every floor related problem out there. View some of our north Brisbane floor sanding case studies to get an insight into some of them.