Maintenance

WOODEN FLOOR MAINTENANCE – ST ALBANS

A lacquered wooden floor scores over other floor coverings by its ease of maintenance. A lacquered floor can be kept clean by simple everyday sweeping and/or vacuuming to remove dirt and grit.

Do avoid excess moisture and vacuum cleaners with revolving brushes. A damp mop and a wooden floor cleaner are all that is needed to remove spills and stains. Use specialist products where appropriate to maintain the finish.

In the long term, regular cleaning will no longer restore the original lustre of the floor. It will then be time for a new coating of lacquer, after lightly sanding down the original surface.

Waxed wooden floors can similarly be swept, vacuumed and/or mopped on a regular basis, and buffed to maintain their shine. Wax, or a combination wax and liquid cleaner, may need to be applied once or twice a year to keep the floor in optimal condition. Apply the wax evenly across the entire floor, leave to dry for 20 minutes – and buff to the finish you want.

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When we arrive

Each job will take at least a full day – multiple room or larger areas taking several days. During this period, the area to be sanded must be kept free of heavy traffic. We will give you a good idea of the timings during your free consultation.

All furniture will have to be cleared for the area to be sanded. If you need help with moving furniture, we can do it for you. Please discuss this with us during our initial visit.

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‘I’d rather hire a machine and do it myself!’

With respect, we advise you to think twice. This is not a little DIY job for the enthusiastic amateur – no matter how good you are at jobs around the house. We hate being called upon by upset – and embarrassed customers – who have damaged their floors. They have hired an old,heavy cylinder machine from a hire shop –and plunged ahead with no training or awareness of the job. The dust alone will make you cough for your folly, let alone the marks on the floor.

Save yourself unnecessary extra expense by not taking the risk of ending up with a floor that needs remedial work. Also see if you can find anyone who would ever repeat their weekend sanding experience.

And remember that our professional expertise doesn’t stop at handling sanding machines. You will want to choose the right products – whether natural or synthetic – for your wooden floor. We know those which work best – and can give you the best advice.

Don’t take chances – call in the professionals