So, how does Hardwood Restoration compare to soft wood floors such as Pine? Well, being a Hardwood means it has greater durability in comparison to softwoods. The reason for this is because of the structural cells of the timber, which are tightly closed and compact.
Hardwood Restoration Process
So, what extra steps do we need to consider when restoring Hardwood Floors compared to Pine? Honest answer, not many, apart from a couple of crucial factors. The first is choosing the right abrasive grit to begin sanding with. However this applies to every floor and should never be over looked. Choosing the correct abrasive will depend on a couple of things, the condition of the floor and most importantly, as mentioned in previous pages the wear layer.
Hardwood Restoration Tips:
The first tip I’d give is speed! When sanding with the big machine (Drum or Belt) never allow it to stop dead while the drum is in contact with the floor, even for a split second. This will certainly leave a deep gauge to the floor. This again goes back to the structures of the wood, which as we now know are closed. Meaning the machine requires less time in contact with the floor to remove its surface. 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 on the floor. Finally, do not over sand! Once an area of the floor is stripped clean back to bare wood and is free of any imperfections, move on to the next section. Going over and over the same piece is also a contributing factor to leaving burn marks. Not to mention removing way too much of the floor!
Parquet Floor Sanding
Sanding Parquet flooring is most definitely a job for a professional floor sanding company. Many sanders today still debate which method of restoration is best suited to this elegant type of wood flooring. As the grains of the parquet blocks are laid in multiple directions, it is not possible to ‘sand with the grain’ as you would normally -this is where the debates start!
Many flooring professionals will argue you should sand a herringbone pattern diagonally, which is incorrect. Sanding herringbone using a diagonal method will sand with the direction of the grain in one direction, yet completely against it on the other, making scratches left by the machine difficult to remove. This method also tends to over sand the floor, as well as leaving ‘dishes’ (small uneven marks due to over sanding).
So which method do we use?
All will be revealed during our initial consultation, however rest assured, we can achieve a perfectly flat and scratch-free Parquet floor every time!
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