Wood Flooring: What’s hidden underneath your carpet?

And they thought the wood flooring underneath the carpet couldn’t be restored!

Work Requirement
I received a call from a couple who were completely redecorating their terraced house and after lifting the carpet, they found a very dirty, worn out looking wood flooring which turned out to be old Pine
We were called to carry out a survey, identify the wood and asked if anything could be done with it or was it just too damaged and old now
I told them that it could be sanded and hard wax oil could be applied to completely restore it – they were a bit skeptical as to how it would look because of its condition – we did a test area and they were satisfied it would greatly improve
Work Activity
The wood floor restoration was needed in the main bedroom and the small narrow hallway upstairs
The client had already filled the nail holes and we checked all of the boards to ensure there were no protruding nails or loose boards before beginning the sanding
The wood floor was level so we decided to use the Pallmann Spider to sand starting with 40 grit on the planetary underneath the machine
The blackened, painted edges were extremely difficult to remove as always but every old pine floor we sand seem to have the edges painted which I believe were done after rugs were laid in the middle of the room to add a finish to that area in the room
Once we had finished the first sand, we proceeded to use sixty and eighty grit discs to complete the floors vacuuming after each sand before proceeding to the next one
The edges in the main bedroom and hallway we sanded using all of the above grits on a Pallmann Gecko edging machine
The Pallmann Spider was finally used with a one hundred grit multi-hole pad as a final sand to leave the wooden floor feeling very smooth
After giving the floors a final vacuum, it was now ready to be oiled using Pallmann Hard Wax Oil
The client popped in from time to time and during each visit, he couldn’t help but stare in amazement and tell us how impressed he was with us and how it looked after sanding – the wooden floor was way above his expectations!!
He did ask about staining the floor but when we showed him a test area with the Hard Wax Oil he said that it was exactly the colour they wanted so we continued to prepare the floor so it was ready to oil
We applied one coat of Hard Wax Oil and returned the next day the apply a second, final coat to the bedroom and hallway
The client and his wife were absolutely astonished at the final outcome of their dirty, old looking wood floor that they thought nothing could be done with!!
We explained the importance of cleaning the wood floor correctly using Pallmann Neutral Cleaner and also maintaining it in the future – they said that they would call us when it needed doing
The clients were beyond happy, to be honest – it was so much more than they were expecting and never really knew what could be done to the floor
We received thanks on the day, a call later in the week thanking us again, a text message saying – ” I have to say the floor looks absolutely fantastic. We cannot praise you and Ben enough for your hard work. Many many thanks” and a Google review as well
They will be calling early to mid-2019 to have the living room and dining room  sanded and oiled
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Kent Rolin Cleaning Services wood floor restoration

Rolin Cleaning Services Kent Show They Are A Cut Above the Rest!

An original village shop required wood floor restoration.

Here’s what happened…

Work Requirement –

I was contacted by a local homeowner asking if the original pine floors could be restored in their house which was the old village shop dating back to the 1880’s

They also wanted repairs made and boards sourced and replaced if possible.

Work Activity –

The floors to be done were in the living room, and dining room which had been poorly sanded and a finish applied very badly about fifteen years ago

In the living room, there were a few boards to replace and several needed to be pinned because they were noisy and slightly moving

The dining room had newer boards added in the past because there had been a dividing wall when it was a shop.

The boards that needed replacing were sourced from a local reclaim yard but were difficult to find because they were 210mm width – the damaged boards were removed and replaced.

There was a knot missing in one board, so we removed a knot from a spare board and made it, so the knot fitted in the hole.

After the boards had been replaced, repaired and pinned we begun the wooden floor sanding process

The floor was uneven in places but the Pallmann Spider did more than cope with this and it sanded very well – there were a lot of deep scratch marks from moving the furniture around over the years.

The difference between old and newly sanded wood was remarkable – the client saw the floor after day one and couldn’t believe it!

We carried out the sanding process in one room at a time as there was some furniture that had been built in the rooms so was now impossible to take out.

We discussed the type of finish that was required and eventually, Pallmann Hard Wax Oil was the choice made.

We had to do 50% of each room at a time because of the furniture situation, but by finishing on the edge of the board, it meant we didn’t get a joint line when oiling next day

The finish was excellent and one very very happy client, we also added felt pads to every piece of furniture and dining room table and chairs to help prevent scratching.

Conclusion –

We gave the client Pallmann Neutral clean to help keep the floor maintained and suggested in investing in a micro mop purely for the wooden floors – also a maintenance programme was set up.

The client was so happy with the job; we have more to do on the first floor of the property and at her business address which is a hairdresser that also has Pine boards

Testimonial –

The client messaged me saying that the wooden floors had blown their minds and they were chuffed, they will recommend us to others and as soon as they begin more restoration work on the house, we will be returning to carry out more wooden floor sanding.

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