Oak Floor Sanding and Restoration
Hardwoods such as oak have a greater durability in comparison to softwoods, this is due to the structural cells of the timber – which are closed. In turn, this adds far greater durability to the end product.
So with this in mind, how does sanding oak floors compare to that of softwoods such as Pine? The answer, not massively different at all apart from a few key aspects. The first choosing the right abrasive to start with, this will depend on the condition of the floor and most importantly as mentioned in previous pages, the wear layer.
Generally you can begin sanding oak floors at a higher grade abrasive, lets say 60 grit for example (providing no deep scratches are present). While oak floors are easier to sand -from the machines point of view, a greater level of skill is required to achieve a superb finish.
This again goes back to the structures of the wood, which as we now know are closed. Meaning the machine requires less contact with the floor to remove its surface. So what does this mean when it comes to sanding?
The first thing is speed, never allow the big machine to stop dead even for a split second while the drum is in contact with the floor, as this will certainly leave a deep gauge to the floor.
The second, speed again! Once you have reached higher grades of abrasives, say 80-120 grit, it’s very important you move quickly to prevent burn marks appearing.
The last thing, do not to over sand. Once an area of the floor is stripped clean back to bare wood and is free of any imperfections, move along to the next section. Going over and over the same piece will also leave burn marks not to mention remove way too much of the floor.
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Oak Hardwood Floor Sanding & Restoration
Whether it’s old floor boards or new solid hardwood floor, Oak certainly makes a statement of its very own. With so many options to choose from i.e. wax, oil, stained, natural, the restoration and finishing choices really are endless!
Oak Strip Floor Sanding & Restoration
From American Red Oaks to English Oaks, after all of these years, we’re still fascinated by the vast amount of variations and hues from one species to another.
You really can’t beat the satisfying feeling after sanding back beautiful oak strip flooring and bringing it back to its best.
Oak Parquet Floor Sanding & Restoration
Sanding oak parquet flooring, or any parquet for that matter, is most definitely a job for a professional floor sanding company. Even floor sanding experts will still today debate which method of restoration is best suited to this elegant wood flooring type.
As the grains of the parquet blocks are laid in multiple directions, it is not possible to ‘sand with the grain’ as you should, and this is where the debating starts!
Many flooring professionals will argue you sand diagonally, which in turn sands with the direction of the grain in one direction of the laid blocks, but completely against it on the other. This also tends to over sand certain areas of the floor, which can cause dishing.
So which method do Restore Floor Sanders use, you ask?
This is a closely guarded secret! Rest assured we can achieve a perfectly flat, scratch free and truly stunning parquet floor.
Should you require any advice on school floor sanding or would like to book a free no obligation consultation please get in touch.
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