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FLOORING and WOOD RESTORATION (Page 2)

FLOORING - Gap filling, Sanding and Staining
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Gap Filling

Customers often ask about filling gaps in flooring.  Natural wood shrinkage can create gaps of up to 6mm in width, and on a ground or cellar floor, these gaps can be the source of constant draughts. Some gaps can be effectively treated with filler, but this is only truly workable if the gap is 3mm wide or less.

A second, and more effective way of treating gaps is to use strips of wood to the thickness of the floorboards hammered into gaps treated with wood glue. This creates a tight seal, and sanding the floor will sand the inserted strips down to floor level, leaving a smooth, draught-free result.

Gap treatment is only necessary on ground level or cellar floors. You will notice how much warmer the room is if any gaps that are present have been treated.

Sanding Process

Step 1: Fix any loose boards. Check for wires or pipes before fixing floorboards firmly with nails.
Step 2: Fill any gaps (if necessary).
Step 3: Floor is sanded several times, starting with coarse grade sandpaper and progressing through lesser grades, to finish with fine grade sandpaper.
Step 4: all edges are sanded using a sander.
Step 5: Lacquer is applied. 3 coats are used, with rubbing down carried out between each coat.
Step 6: Leave to dry (24 hours is recommended).

Staining Floorboards

Staining floorboards can bring warmth into a room, and looks particularly effective when combined with a neutral colour scheme.  Once stained, the floor is lacquered.

Wood Brushing, Wood Restoration

This is a unique service whereby timber (wood floors, beams, etc.) can be brushed and aged to give a unique finish that has to bee seen to be appreciated. Andy is one of only a select few people that can offer this service on site. (Most timbers and floors are brushed during the production process at the factory)

ANDY EDWARDS IS A BONA TRAINED CRAFTSMAN.



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