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Floorboards have remained a popular choice for flooring for many reasons. It’s the timeless and classic choice when comes to floors. There are a lot of benefits to having hardwood floors in your home. Hardwood flooring is fairly easy to clean and care for. In addition, it is very durable, and it can remain in excellent condition for a very long time.
As durable as timber floorboards are, they inevitably begin to look scratched, worn and faded over time. Floor sanding or polishing will improve the look and quality and remove dents and scratches. Your home will feel cleaner and brighter as light will reflect more favorably on newly polished floorboards.
If you have hardwood floors in your property, you may not have to refinish them more than once every few years. However, if they’re looking worn, stained, uneven, or just very old and tired, you may want to do it sooner.
A complete refinishing job including Sanding, Polishing and Waxing can transform your property as completely as a fresh coat of paint, and for a third of the price of a new floor.
Sanding is the process of removing the top surfaces of a wooden floor by sanding with abrasive materials. Almost all wooden floor types can be sanded including Timber, Cork, Particleboard and Parquet. Floor sanding usually involves three stages: Preparation, sanding, and coating with a protective sealant.
- Coating with a protective sealant
Polishing revives a hardwood floors by filling its surface scratches and making it look fresh and glossy. Even if the floor already looks good, it is advised to polish hardwood floors frequently. Polishing a floor creates a protective layer on its surface and thus extends its life. On the other hand, if your floor is rather old or it is looking weary and teary, then a complete refinishing job (Sanding, Polishing and Waxing) will provide better results.
Floor Waxing is the process by which a Floor wax is used to polish and finish hard floors. This process results in an increase in the hardness and resistance against scuff marks on flooring, giving it an added shine and more longevity. It is an ideal method of floor preservation. Waxing creates a non-slip surface and adds an attractive shine. As long as you apply it correctly, and don’t mind topping up the wax once or twice a year, you can create a durable, beautiful surface.
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Benefits of Sanding, Polishing and Waxing
There are quite a few benefits of keeping your timber floors well-sanded, polished and waxed. Timber retains its aesthetic value and continues to be appealing for decades. Here are a few of the many benefits that floor sanding, polishing and waxing can provide.
Scheduled polishing minimises allergies.
The most important benefit of having your timber floors sanded and polished regularly, is the reduction in the allergen content in your property. As the polish of the flooring starts to wear off, dust particles and other debris or pollutants in the air start to get stuck to the rough surface. The surface of the wooden floor is also hard to clean, as the lack of polish makes it absorbent. If anyone in the premises suffers from respiratory diseases, it’s highly uncomfortable for them. Polished floors, on the other side, don’t invite any dust particles. And you can even give them a quick sweep or mop to clean them.
Allows for customisation.
Regular Sanding, Polishing and Waxing of your timber floors gives you the opportunity to try out new looks in your home. You may soon get bored with the original finish you chose and may want a change. Or maybe you spruced up your home décor with new timber pieces but in a complete mismatch shade with your floor. This is when you can ask our technicians to apply stain or lime wash floors to get desired finish.
Boosts home value.
Sanding, Polishing and Waxing a floor enhances the total outlook, making it more attractive and affluent. It increases the durability and reliability of the floors. So, consequently, they increase the value of the property. However, if the floor hasn’t been maintained properly, it will rather become an eye sore and make the house look unappealing. So, investing in professional sanding, polishing and waxing services for your floor ensures that your floors continue to look attractive. And the value of your property appreciates.
Makes your floors look new.
When floors have been in your home for a while, they will start to show signs of aging. The stain on the wood may start to fade; scratches may form on the wood. Floor sanding, polishing and waxing can help to make your old floors look as though they are new again. They can make your floors a lot smoother, and can give it a sleeker and more attractive look.
Improves the lighting.
If your floor has been recently sanded, the light will be able to bounce off it. You’ll have better lighting in the entire room. The right lighting can make your home look more appealing, and it can also allow you to lower your energy bills as you’ll have plenty of natural light during the day.
Requires less cleaning.
When there are lots of grooves in your hardwood floors, it will collect more dust. This means that you will have to clean your floors more frequently. After you sand, wax and polish your floors, you can reduce the amount of time that you spend on cleaning.
Increases the lifetime of your flooring.
Timber floors look amazing, but they can be pretty expensive, so once you have them, you don’t want to have to replace them. This is the best part about solid timber floors because they can be sanded, polished and waxed multiple times to keep them looking fresh beautiful for decades. What’s more is that the cost of sanding, polishing and waxing is far cheaper than installing new floors.
Why hire a professional?
The type of floor finish (Wax and Polish) will determine how long the results will last.
A professional technician will ensure that the right amount of time has passed between coats to guarantee sufficient drying. They will also apply the right number of coats, which is something most homeowners aren’t aware of when they trying doing it themselves.
A professional will not combine products that aren’t compatible
If you were to mix incompatible products, the finish on your floors would begin to peel off. Professional technicians will buff the floors between coats to reduce the chances that your floors will need refinishing soon. The compatibility of products used will ensure that the finish on your timber floors will last. A professional take all necessary measures to ensure that the products used on your floor will properly bond.
Professionals have the right equipment.
Although you could hire a belt sander from your local hardware store, it’ll never achieve the results professional floor sanding equipment can. Besides being heavy and difficult to handle, standard belt sanders can only travel up and down your floor. Professional sanding equipment can also travel across your floor. This ensures an even sand, with the flattest possible finish.
A professional will ensure the safety of everyone
Professional technicians will do everything necessary to ensure that the safety of your property and loved ones are guaranteed during the sanding process. A person that tries to do this by themselves might not know that improperly disposed bags containing dust and debris from the sanded floor can heat up and set on fire.
A professional will tell you how to ventilate after the job is complete.
Professional technicians will advise you on how to properly ventilate your property after the job is complete to prevent fumes from collecting inside the property. This is particularly important because locked up fumes could make their way into the water heater and cause fire.
Hiring a professional will save you time.
Sanding, Waxing and Polishing process can be very timely and what could have been a 24 hour job with a professional could cost you up to a week or two of your renovation time and put you completely behind schedule. There’s also the risk that you could do more damage and harm than good. That’s why getting a professional floor sander, polisher and waxer in to get the job done right is so vital to saving you time and the risks associated with DIY.