Prepare the floor
If your floor is new, it will most likely be secret nailed. The secret nailing process typically involves fixing the boards at each edge with the nails driven at a 45-degree angle. As the name suggests, the nail holes are not visible when the floor is completed. The boards are also glued to the substrate for added strength. If it is an older floor and the nails are visible then sinking them down with a nail punch and hammer to a depth of approximately 4mm will be necessary. These nail holes are then filled with timber putty.
Sanding the floor
This first step of sanding is to provide a level and evenly sanded, bare floor free from any coatings. For new floors, this first step is used to cut the boards level by taking out any ridges or high points. With old floors, it removes the old varnish or paint or if you’re flooring has a heavy varnish finish. During this process the need for repair work may become evident. Once the rough sanding has taken place, we then move to the middle sanding, this second sanding removes the scratches left from the previous sanding and creates a finer surface. The final sand uses a finer grade of paper – once again reducing the depth of the scratching and prepares the floor for the coating system.
Finishing the floor
Now we move on to buffing your floor this will achieve a finer finish and a surface that will not require re-sanding when rejuvenation is necessary. Prior to applying any finishes we vacuum thoroughly not forgetting windowsills, door frames etc. This process is repeated between coatings.