Here's what to expect once we are on the job
- A comprehensive quote detailing all work to be delivered.
- Once the quote has been accepted, a start date is agreed upon and the preparation stage commences.
- If building or renovating, the start date for sanding and coating floors is critical particularly in relation to other trades.
- Carpentry, electrical, plastering, plumbing and glazing must be completed before work on floor can start.
- It is recommended that all painting except the final coat on skirting boards be completed.
- Carpets should be laid after the floors are finished.
- All furniture should be removed.
- Unless specified in the quotation, all floor coverings and staples, tacks etc. should be removed.
- All gas and electrical appliances which are located on the floor to be sanded, are to be disconnected and removed by qualified personnel.
- Lighting and power to be available.
- Clear and safe access to the site.
- Due to wet floor areas which cannot be walked on and strong fumes, it is recommended that alternative accommodation should be arranged throughout the duration of the work.
- Seal any access areas such as fireplaces and vents that could allow dust to enter the room - use masking tape and paper.
- Fold curtains into green garbage bags and seal at the top.
- Cover all non-moveable furnishings using paper, drop sheets or plastic (using masking tape to secure).
3) Once the tradesman arrives
- The expert sanding commences.
- Nails punched.
- Nail holes and knot holes to be filled with appropriate filler.
- And multiple coats of sealants and finishes are applied as specified in the quotation.
What not to expect
- It is virtually impossible to totally eliminate dust from the job. There will always be some dust particles that settle on the newly finished surface and throughout the rest of the house.
- Removal of stains from within the boards such as animal urine and water marks.
- Removal of deep cuts such as those from carpet trimming knives or deep gouges in the boards.
- Filling gaps between the boards. These gaps are not filled because subsequent shrinkage and expansion in the timber will cause cracking in the filler.
- Don't expect any areas filled with putty to have the same feel as the timber after application of coatings.
- Don't expect boards damaged by borer to have the same gloss level as those in good condition.
- You are likely to get some variation in colour and grain between new and old boards.
- Unmarked skirting boards after sanding with the edger. All painting on skirting should be left until after the floors are finished.
Caring for your floors
- Allow 24 hours after the last coat before using the floor. Make sure you apply felt pads to furniture where required.
- Sweep or electrostatic mop your floor regularly to keep it free of dust and dirt.
- Place mats at all entrances for wiping feet. This is the best way of keeping dirt outside and away from the floor.
- Wipe up all spills immediately. Scuff marks can be removed with a solution of floor cleaner and Water.