Friday, 17 October 2014

Painted wooden floors? Why sanding them back may not be worth while



http://www.artofclean.co.uk/wood-sanding/

Are you considering sanding back floor boards that have been painted over?  Are you hoping to revive the beautiful wood from below the paint to leave a natural wood floor look?  We in no way want to deter you from your goal but you may want to read on first as we have experience in this and we say.......

There are limitations:

The primary challenge that you will face is that paint gets everywhere....in ever nook and cranny, into every groove and knot, and down the sides of the boards.  So when you or your hired sanding company have sanded away the top layer you will still be left with pain in all these little spots.  The sanding machine will not be able to remove these and this is where the challenge starts.

You are now left with little painted spots all over the floor and these will need to be removed manually.  For this you will need to use a hand held sanding tool with a range of attachments to be able to reach the various pockets of paint.  This is VERY time consuming.

So there are two key questions you will need to ask yourself before going ahead with this project...
Do you have the:

  1. Time- Do you have a lot of time to finish the project? Are you prepared to put in the hours yourself if you choose to DIY?  
  2. Budget - Are you prepared to pay a high fee? This job WILL take time, hiring a professional will be expensive because f this.

If your time and budget are flexible and able to accommodate then go for it!  At least you are now aware of what challenges you may face and prepared to work through them.


The process for sanding is as follows:

1. PREPARATION OF THE FLOOR BEFORE SANDING
We will inspect the floor to ensure all nails are well below the wood surface. All loose board will be secured before sanding commence.

2. HIGH-FILTRATION VACUUM
Removal of dry soil and particles that might cause damage to the floor during the sanding process.

3. SANDING OF THE MAIN FLOOR AREA
The system we use is 99.9% dust free as we use an advanced extraction system. Different grit values on the belt sander will ensure a quality finish.

4. EDGES AND DETAILED SANDING
Our edging sander delivers a uniform finished to all edges and hard to reach places under fixes furniture and radiators.

5. FINAL FINISHING: ROTARY SANDING
A super fine grit sanding system will deliver a superior and even finish to the whole floor area. This is done by means of a rotary sander.

6. FINE DUST REMOVAL
Highly efficient vacuum system is used for the thorough removal of any dust particles from the freshly sanded wooden floor.


Our clients find great benefit in our dustless sanding system and we are sure you will see the benefits too.

Feel free to have a look at some before and after pictures of floor we have done before:


 For more information about our services contact the team on 01223 863632 or at www.artofclean.co.uk to find out more.

 

We are a professional cleaning company who specialise in Carpet, Rug, Hardwood floor, Stone floor, Upholstery and Leather cleaning for domestic an commercial clients.


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