How we sand and refinish wood floors

Saul at Cornwell Services will adapt the refinishing process based upon the condition of the floor, the direction of the grain of the floorboards and the type of wood. This is a general guide.

Preparation

Saul at Cornwell Services will inspect the floor to ensure all nails are well below the wood surface and identify any loose boards, dents and gaps. Then a protective cover is applied to mask off walls.

Wood floor sanding and restoration

Repairs

Loose floorboards are secured, and damaged wood is replaced or repaired. Serious dents in the floorboards and gaps between them can be filled. Depending on the severity of the gaps we use a sawdust resin or finely cut wood wedges to make repairs and fill any gaps between floorboards. Light scratches don’t generally need specific repair as these will be sanded away.

High filtration vacuum

Dry dirt and particles that might cause damage to the wood during the floor sanding process are removed from the floor’s surface.

Sanding the main floor area

The system we use is 99.9% dust free as we use an advanced extraction system. We use different gauges of grit sander to ensure a high-quality finish.

Edges and detailed sanding

Our edging sander delivers a uniform finish to your wood floor including all edges and hard to reach places such as under fixed furniture and radiators.

Final finishing: rotary sanding

A fine grit floor sanding system will deliver a superior and even finish to the whole floor area. This is done by means of a rotary sander.

Fine dust removal

Our highly efficient vacuum system is used for the thorough removal of any dust particles from the freshly sanded wooden floor.

Wood stain

In the majority of cases a natural finish is required. But where a different wood colour is preferred, we can treat the clean and smooth wooden floor with a wood stain to create a pale look right through to a dark tone.

Choice of finish with oil or lacquer

OIL

For an oil finish we use two applications of hard wax oil on your wooden floor to deliver a beautiful natural finish that is moisture and dirt resistant. Be aware that it will take at least 4 hours for the floor to cure enough to allow light foot traffic.

LAQUER

For a lacquered finish, primer is applied to the sanded floor followed by one coat of water-based lacquer. Once the first coat has cured, the floor will be prepared for a further 2 coats of lacquer. Be aware that it can take up to 8 hours for the floor to cure enough to allow light foot traffic.

Furniture can be moved back 24 hours after foot traffic has begun. Always avoid dragging furniture on a freshly oiled or lacquered floor surface.  Curing and drying time depends on weather conditions and air flow.

Saul at Cornwell Services uses his in-depth experience and technical expertise to ensure that your get the best results possible for your wooden floor.