Oak floor repair in Darlington, Co Durham

From the moment your new floor is installed or freshly restored the gradual wear and tear of general family life and foot traffic begins to work away on your beautiful floor finishes. That’s why it’s important to have a good floor maintenance regime in place and to use the best method of aftercare for your floors. Your local Ultimate Floor Sanding expert can advise you on a recommended maintenance regime. They will make sure to share their valuable knowledge on the best, quickest and easiest methods to look after your floors, this helps keep their floors looking beautiful for longer and saves valuable time and money on potentially expensive replacement, or heavy duty maintenance work!

Oak Floor Repair – Hotel Dance Floor

Unfortunately, even with the best care and maintenance routine in place sometimes the need for some emergency repairs to be carried out will arise. Our Ultimate Floor Sanding Company expert in Darlington – Absolutely Floor Restore – were recently called out to a local hotel that had experienced a terrible event at one of their functions that required our floor restoration expertise and also an urgent fix, which we were able to accommodate.

The hotel operator explained that a patron had broken a glass on their packed oak dance floor. Unfortunately, the staff hadn’t been notified by anyone, so the small particles of glass were pounded and ground into their dance floor leaving it scratched and marked and looking rather the worse for wear The manager was pretty upset as you could imagine! To add to the stress of the situation there was a wedding function booked in for the next day at lunch time!

The team at Absolutely Floor Restore went into action over the bank holiday weekend to help get the dance floor back to a reasonable state of repair. The goal being that the damage didn’t impact too much on their lovely surroundings, which were so important to the bride and groom.

Using our expertise and experience Absolutely Floor Restore were able to reduce the visual impact of the deep damage and scratches to the oak timber surface. Using specialist equipment, cleaning and staining agents they accomplished a very good result, in a tight time frame and within a reasonable budget for the hotel operators. The result? A happy customer and a happy bride and groom.

Do you have damaged wooden floors in need of repair? Call our floor restoration experts on 0333 93 901 93

Mike Tinkler is the owner of Absolutely Floor Restore in Darlington. Check out their listing.

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wood floor advice for commercial property

Wood Floor Advice for Commercial Property Owners

The options open to the commercial property owner when it comes to selecting a floor surface are bewildering these days with every manufacturer screaming that theirs is the most durable, the funkiest, the easiest to clean etc., etc. The reality is that the most acceptable “look” to the greatest number of people is the “natural look”, so whatever the actual make-up of the product is, it is often trying to look like wood. Little surprise then that many high-end commercial designers are shunning the “faux” wood alternatives and are taking inspiration from upmarket residential trends and opting for the benefits provided by natural wood flooring.

We can all understand the visual appeal of a real wood floor, even the best fakes are still just that, but concerns over the durability and maintenance of wood as a floor have been in peoples’ minds for some time and yet with the advent of modern finishes, machines and maintenance products, most of these concerns can be relegated to the history books. Similarly, issues with subfloor moisture content have entered the thought processes of many a specifier but moisture issues also manifest themselves with LVT (the best of the faux products) and even sheet vinyl albeit in a different way. Better buildings and moisture barrier products have also helped eliminate those concerns provided they are properly specified and applied.

So accepting that real wood floors are desirable (estate agents in the UK and America consistently report that properties with wood floors sell faster and for higher amounts) what are the other benefits?

Let’s start with sustainability. First, the production of wood flooring is virtually 100% sustainable, wood literally “grows on trees” so aside from the mineral resources used in harvesting and manufacture, we can go on producing it ad infinitum. For the real “greens” out there reclaimed wood flooring is not only environmentally friendly it is currently very trendy, often being laid with all the old finish, sports lines etc., still on it creating a patchwork of colours and textures that designers currently love.

Moving on, the importance of air quality in modern buildings has been on the agenda for some time and organisations such as the Environmental Protection Agency in the USA have recognised the benefits of hardwood flooring in reducing allergic reactions caused by dust and other allergens.

The third benefit is repairability. How many surfaces can you take out sections where damage has been caused and stitch in new material with no visual clue as to where the problem was. I will also include re-surfacing under this category, most damage can be simply sanded away, revealing perfect wood once again at a fraction of the cost of a new floor.

 

The fourth benefit is change of appearance. This one confuses some people, but if you select a good timber you can change the colour of your floor from Scandinavian white to Jacobean oak black (or anything in between) in a matter of days, totally changing and updating your premises without major upheaval or cost.Finally, let’s talk about maintainability because it’s the one definitely relevant to FM companies. This is the one I get most calls about from cleaning contractors because our history of wood flooring in the UK is not a long one and there is a general level of ignorance on the correct procedures. A well maintained wooden floor will have a long and glorious life without the need for regular re-sanding if it is properly maintained and by that I mean entrance barrier matting, regular dry mopping, cleaning with a neutral ph cleaner and then using a refresher or dressing that is appropriate to the finish.

Finally, let’s talk about maintainability because it’s the one definitely relevant to FM companies. This is the one I get most calls about from cleaning contractors because our history of wood flooring in the UK is not a long one and there is a general level of ignorance on the correct procedures. A well maintained wooden floor will have a long and glorious life without the need for regular re-sanding if it is properly maintained and by that I mean entrance barrier matting, regular dry mopping, cleaning with a neutral ph cleaner and then using a refresher or dressing that is appropriate to the finish.

As you can probably tell I am passionate about timber flooring but I am also concerned about the lack of knowledge in how to specify, fit and maintain floors using the correct products and processes. That’s why my team of Ultimate Floor Sanding Company experts are here to help.  Give us a call if you need advice on restoring, cleaning or maintenance of your commercial wood floor.

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oak floor restoration project

Oak Floor Restoration Project – Case Study

This account of an oak floor restoration project undertaken by the floor sanding experts at Rolin Cleaning Services Ltd in Kent is a very useful insight into the steps involved in sanding and restoring an oak floor. It also highlights the excellent communication that we pride ourselves on. Our years of floor sanding experience mean we are skilled at listening to our clients, so we can deliver the beautiful wood floor they desire.

Oak Floor Restoration Project – First Steps.

I started to use the Pallmann Spider, dust free floor sanding machine with 40 grit discs but I wasn’t getting very far at all – in fact, sanding just 1m2 took forever!! A few phone calls to the team revealed this oak floor had a Ceramic finish – something I hadn’t come across before and apparently not much is about.

On the next day, we managed to get the use of a Pallmann Cobra (Thanks Stuart! ), using 36 grit and it chomped its way through the whole floor in no time. I followed the Cobra with 40 grit sanding discs on the Spider and continued through the grits to finish.

The client was extremely pleased with the results of the sanding and the finish with the Hard Wax Oil. So, if you have a difficult, hard finish on a wood floor that you are trying to sand it’s worth remembering that the finish could be ceramic.

Now for the pine flooroak floor restoration project

I was then asked to sand an old and tattered floor made up of pine boards. The floor came up like brand new. When the time came to decide what finish to put on the pine floor the client became quite indecisive. That’s understandable choosing a finish is a big decision.

We showed the client a sample of Pallmann Magic Oil, Hard Wax Oil and dark brown Pallmann Magic Oil Colour. The choice was his to make – after all he has to live with the floor. After one hour of going from the colour to hard wax oil, I suggested that he could discuss with his family and let me know before the next day. This was a decision we were all happy with.

I received a text saying Hard Wax Oil please. I applied the finish the next day and it left a great finish. The result was a very happy client because he was still amazed at how well the floor look after it had been restored.

 

Two days later, I received a call asking if I could do the job again because he had changed his mind about the colour and now wanted it a lot darker if possible. I ordered a tin of Pallmann X333 black brown which we applied and then followed this with Magic Oil – the results were amazing and I now have one very, very happy client!

This blog was written by the team at Rollins Cleaning Services in Kent.  If you have an oak floor restoration project of your own or any wood floor that’s tired and worn looking. Why not bring it back to life – call the floor sanding and restoration experts at The Ultimate Floor Sanding Company today on Freephone 0333 93 901 93.

 

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