sanding engineered wood floors

Sanding Engineered Wood Floors

Most people are quite nervous about getting their engineered or semi-solid wood floor sanded and their concerns are quite understandable. After all the wood layer is only a few millimeters thick and therefore easily sanded through by modern belt sanders. Here is a short guide to what to think about if you are considering sanding engineered wood floors and getting this type of floor re-finished.

First off if you need to ascertain exactly what thickness the solid wood veneer is. This can be done by looking at anywhere the floor has been cut such as around radiator pipes or underneath door threshold strips. DO NOT omit this part it is very important to know how much you have to play with, some veneers are only 1mm thick and sanding those engineered wood floors will be disastrous.

Sanding Engineered Wood Floors – Previous Sanding

The second thing to consider is has the floor been sanded before? If it has, then obviously the veneer will be thinner than it originally was and it will probably not be consistent across the whole floor as the central, more damaged areas, will have been sanded more aggressively.

The next factors to think about are the level of damage to the floor, the species of timber and whether the floor is plank effect or three strip and these should be weighed up as one. If it is a three strip heve a floor in poor condition the cost of like for like replacement is probably not much greater than sanding the floor. If it is a plank effect oak with a decent wear layer it is probably worth saving even if the condition is quite poor

Sanding Engineered Wood Floors – Choosing a Finish

The fourth consideration is the type of finish product you are going to use. If you use oil or hard wax oil you are only using a small amount of liquid and this is good as the ratio of liquid to solid wood is always disproportionate in engineered floors and this can lead to de lamination and buckling of the veneer. If you intend to use water based polyurethane you need to be especially conscious of this.

sanding engineered wood floorsThe final two factors are the skill of the sanding contractor and the type of machine he is using. A skilled contractor with a belt sander will assess all the above and select the correct grit level to do the job but remove as little timber as possible. Better still select a local floor sanding contractor who has the latest generation of planetary floor sanding machine known as the Pallmann Spider which will do the job every bit as good as a belt sander in a much more sympathetic way to the structure of the floor.

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Care Instructions for Wooden Floors

You have just had your wooden floor sanded and refinished and it is looking like new. so how to ensure it continues to look its best?  Here are our care instructions for wooden floors – find out how to protect, clean and maintain your wooden floor.

Care instructions for wooden floors -tips

A lustrous polished wooden floor won’t stay that way for long unless it is looked after. Maintaining that lustre is less troublesome than the ongoing cleaning and maintenance of carpets and most other floor coverings. Your hardwood floor does cope with high traffic usage, does not wear unevenly and is cheap to maintain. It can be re-polished if damaged and requires minimal maintenance if looked after.

Wood floor care – Prevention:

Dirt and grit is a timber floor’s worst enemy! It doesn’t just hide the gleam of polished floorboards; its abrasiveness actually harms floorboards too.

  • Use dirt-trapping mats at each entrance to help prevent sand, dust and grit from being trodden getting inside.
  • Small rugs, or carpet squares just inside the door can also help to remove extra dirt from shoes.
  • Dust daily.

Strong light, particularly direct sunlight can cause a chemical reaction in wood causing it to change colour (aging or weathering).

  • Move rugs occasionally and use curtains or blinds to protect the floor from direct sunlight.
  • High heel shoes, especially worn ones, will dent any hard floor surface, even concrete! Encourage your visitors to take off their high heels on arrival.
  • With furniture, it is not so much their weight but movement that damages floorboards. Fit protective pads to the legs of tables and chairs so that they can be moved easily without the risk of scuffing the floor.
  • Pubs, nightclubs etc. should be advised to sweep up broken glass at the earliest opportunity as this is a real enemy of timber floors.

Wood Floor Cleaning

The final section of our advice on care instructions for wooden floors is vital – how to clean your wood floor without causing damage.

 

  • Keep dirt off the floor. Dust, mop or vacuum regularly & keep doormats clean. (If using a vacuum, make sure that the vacuum doesn’t scratch the floorboards.)
  • Use only top quality microfiber floor mops and thoroughly wash new mops to remove any lint remaining from the manufacturing process.
  • Do not wet mop a timber floor since all floor cleaners are water based. Water can change the moisture balance within timbers and cause floorboards to ridge or buckle so it should be used sparingly and remain on the floor for the shortest time possible.
  • Wipe up spills promptly with a dry cloth or dry paper towel. For sticky substances, moisten the cloth slightly. For hard to remove fatty or greasy spills, spot clean using the products recommended below.
  • Sweep with a clean electrostatic sweep mop (vacuuming is fine too, as long as the vacuum cleaner doesn’t scratch the floorboards)

Pallmann clean and go wood floor cleaning kitWash the floors using the correct product for your finish. Pallmann Magic Oil should be cleaned using either Pallmann Clean or Pallmann Magic Oil Care diluted as per the instructions and can be “topped up” using Magic Oil Care applied neat with a microfiber mop. Similarly, Pallmann lacquers and other water based urethanes should be cleaned using neutral ph cleaners such as Pallmann Clean, again diluted as recommended.
NB: ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD YOU USE HOUSEHOLD DETERGENTS, SILICON BASED POLISHES OR WAX ON YOUR FLOOR.

We hope you find our care instructions for wooden floors useful. All info is ©All rights reserved of The Ultimate Floor Sanding Company

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