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WOOD FLOOR RESTORATION AND MAINTENANCE
Floor Care Cleaning Services has been growing at a phenomenal rate in the last few years and has increased its stone floor cleaning and maintenance services across Sussex and Surrey, as a result we have been working closely with our partner company GJP flooring to meet our customer demand, as a result of this working relationship we now forward all wood floor sanding projects to GJP flooring.
We do however carry out all monthly and annual cleaning and maintenance of all wood floors, this includes oiling, waxing and polishing.
GJP Floor Sanding can transform a floor whilst preserving its natural features by removing stains, scratches, dents and general wear and tear which will refresh and restore the wood’s natural beauty, this is a great way to add value to any property.
Why Choose GJP Floor Sanding
Like many aspects of their business, the success of GJP floor sanding services is largely built upon word of mouth. Whether its floor fitting, floor sanding or repair, they take great pride in offering the very best service at a competitive price.
That’s a difficult combination to beat, and one that many of their satisfied customers would confirm, as a result their customers often recommend them to their colleagues, friends and family.
The sanding process is completed in three stages; preparation, sanding, and de-nibbing.
Narrow gaps and small imperfections in the floors are filled using a solvent based resin. Wider gaps are dealt with by inserting narrow 'fillets' then filled with solvent based resin. We also check for and fix loose boards and replace any boards as required. We also fill joint ends and holes/knots in boards where we deem necessary.
Using the DUST FREE SANDING MACHINES we start with a coarse sanding paper (usually grit 24) and go through a 7-tier system finishing off with a finer sand paper (usually grit 120).
We apply lacquer and sand between each coat to ensure that any 'nibbs' are re removed and a truly smooth surface is achieved.
We use a range of hard wearing floor sealants that come in matt, satin and gloss finishes, these water based polyurethane resins are very hard wearing and can be used in both domestic and commercial properties. There fast drying times and little odour causes less disruption during their fast drying time.
Staining your sanded floor will give your room a whole new look, this is particularly effective if you are looking for a rich wood effect when you have pine floorboards.
There are a wide range of stains to choose from helping you create the look you desire. Colours range from light oak through to rich mahogany.
If you are unsure of what colour will work best with your floor just ask and we can help you make an informed choice.
The sanding process begins with us clearing the floor of furniture, next we seal the room to prevent dust being spread throughout the premises. Then the sanding begins, stripping away a thin layer of wood, the dirt, dents and scratches to reveal the fresh wood beneath.
When the floor is ready, we apply three coats of water-based varnish, ensuring to buff between the coats for added shine. The floor is normally dry enough to walk on after about four hours, but we recommend not moving furniture back for at least a couple of days.
Preparation & Repair
You may have just lifted a carpet to find an old wooden floor that looks it’s in a bad way, don't worry, many older floors will require some preparation before the sanding work can begin and our operatives can fill the gaps, repair or replace damaged or missing boards, skirting and joists to get your floor into pre-sanding shape.
Colouring, Effects, Finishes and Seals.
Once your floor has been sanded we will seal it to protect the wood and keep it looking good for years to come. You can also choose from a wide variety of colourings, effects and finishes.
How to Maintain Your Floors
Treat wooden floors as you would any investment and they will pay dividends.
Follow a few simple rules and your once a week care can deliver a lifetime of service.
Protecting Your Wood Floors
Make sure to use a door mat directly outside and inside any rooms that lead to the exterior of your house, to catch dirt before it makes it on to your floors.
Lift your furniture when moving it around, don’t drag it. Be sure to use felt pads or castor's on furniture legs to avoid dinks and dents.
Avoid getting water on to your wooden floors and make sure to clean up any spills immediately with a clean, dry cloth or paper towel.
Don’t allow your cats or dogs to run wild across your wooden floors and make sure to keep their claws in check to help prevent scratching.
Stiletto heels look great but leave dents on the wooden floors, try to keep your heels in good condition or better still, take them off when you’re walking around inside.
Direct sunlight can fade and discolour wooden floors over time, fit blinds or sheer curtains where possible to prevent discolouring.
Cleaning Your Wooden Floors
Vacuum or sweep your wooden floors once a week or when ever they are dirty if they’re in a less frequently used room.
Vacuuming is generally better than sweeping as it sucks the dirt straight up and avoids dragging scratchy particles of grit or sand across the floor.
Cylinder vacuum cleaners are generally better than the hard wheels of uprights, but if you do have an upright make sure to use it on the special bare floor setting or with the soft brush attachment.
When washing, only use cleaning products that are specifically for use on wooden floors. Use as little water as possible, preferably with a slightly damp cloth or almost dry mop and be especially sparing with water on unsealed flooring.
OK, you have decided you want your floor sanded, the next decision is who is going to do the job?
Please do not consider hiring floor sanding equipment and doing the job yourself (or by your handyman/ son/ neighbour etc). The equipment from the hire shops is not the same as the equipment used by professionals. You may think you will be saving money but this is a false economy as it’s never dust free, you need to hire 3 or 4 machines for the edges, corners etc and it will take 2-3 times as long to achieve a far inferior finish.
Don’t forget that the listed hire price does not include sanding belts and disks which you will use plenty of due to the lack of power these machine have. If you do it yourself, in most instances, you will save just £50 - £80 and will have spent an unpleasant, dusty few days to achieve results you will be unhappy with.
Additionally, we always include the cost of sealer/ lacquer in the quote whereas you will have to purchase this without the benefit of any trade discount. Expect to pay about £60 for a 5ltr container and expect to have plenty of wastage.
We have lost count of the number of times we have been called to “finish” a floor where someone has hired the equipment and given up half way through or has been unhappy with the “chatter marks” (these are gauges or ripples where the equipment has been unable to “cut” the floor and “bounces” leaving unsightly marks) this is the result of inferior equipment.
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Floor Care, 57 Homeleigh, London Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 8QA Tel 01273 541804 or 07599 390522
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