FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Is your brain buzzing with unanswered questions concerning wood floor sanding and finishing in Dartford ? Here are a few of the more common ones we’ve come across during our 30-year floor restoration odyssey. If yours aren’t amongst them give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help.

SHOULD I DECORATE BEFORE YOU COME?

We recommend that you do any decorating to your room before we arrive to renovate the flooring. Our machines may cause a few small scuffs to your skirting boards, but these will be simple to touch up and won’t harm the newly sanded and finished floor. We do also recommend that you get all necessary rewiring and plumbing jobs carried out before calling us in to do your floors.

IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO FILL IN A FEW GAPS?

Filling in gaps is necessary, especially in hallways and rooms on the ground floor, because they cause creaking noises and also allow heat to escape. In bathrooms and kitchens, which are areas that experience regular spillage, filling in the gaps protects the board edges and sub-floor spaces from resultant rot. We use advanced products such as resin and silicon to plug the holes. Bear in mind also that gaps between boards effectively drive up your energy bills, especially in the winter, so your floors need to be made firm and sealed before we get started on the sanding.

CAN I APPLY A STAIN MYSELF LATER ON?

We recommend that you get us to apply your finish. We know you’d expect us to say that, but there are good reasons for our candour! It’s not simply a matter of buying a pot of stain or varnish and slapping it on. We’ve seen too many badly stained floors to recommend that you attempt such a skilled job yourself. Why go to the trouble of getting your floorboards repaired and smoothly sanded down just to ruin the effect by inexpertly adding a finish that makes it look patchy and shabby?

A professionally stained floor has a beautifully even depth of colour to it, the perfect finish to bring out the character of your wooden flooring. Allow the Dartford DA1 wood floor renovation experts apply this exacting final touch for you.

CAN I DO ALL THIS WORK MYSELF?

For preparing, sanding and finishing a wooden floor you need to allow yourself more time than just a Sunday afternoon. It’s also a highly skilled job, so although you could hire a sander, buy a pot of stain from the local shop and have a go in the great DIY tradition, this is not recommended. A DIY enthusiast can manage many small jobs, but floor sanding and restoration isn’t one of them. For an impeccable finish that will be a great asset to your home or business premises, you need to bring in the Dartford DA2 wood floor and restoration professionals. We’ve been doing exactly this type of work for two solid decades now and we guarantee to bring out the best in your wooden flooring.​

ARE YOU GOING TO MESS UP THE PLACE?

You’d expect floor sanding to be a noisy, messy job, with dust clouds filling the rooms like Victorian smog and clumsy, shadowy figures stumbling around your tidy home in a noisy, sawdust-laden twilight! Nothing could be further from the truth, and in fact we use ultra-modern, cutting edge equipment that generates practically no dust at all. We seal off doors and windows before starting work and we thoroughly tidy things up before we leave so disruption to your Dartford home, business or school will be kept to an absolute minimum.

HOW LONG WILL THE WORK TAKE TO DO?

An area of normal size such as a hall or lounge will take a day to properly sand down. This may involve between one and three sweeps, depending on its overall condition. Allow a bit longer if that condition is very poor, because there will be more extensive preliminary repairs needed, such as replacement of rotten boards. We’ll make sure that you are fully aware of the time period involved when you have the free, no-obligation onsite assessment which kicks off the process.

Also remember that after we’ve applied the finish you’ll have to leave this for another day to properly cure the floorboards and to thoroughly dry out before being able to move your furniture back in.

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