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We're sure that most of your questions about floor sanding and floor sander hire will be answered by browsing our site. However, to save time, here's a list of the questions we get asked most frequently.

Q: is it really dust-free?

A: 95-97% dust-free, or about a teaspoonful of dust off a 25sqm floor escapes into the environment. The only stage of the sanding process that creates a bit of dust is optional and that is Buffing . We only buff a floor because we are perfectionists and buffing removes any final surface imperfections from the surface of the floor.

 

Q: Can anybody use a floor sander?

A: Yes. Anybody who is fit, healthy (and reasonably intelligent!) can, with a small amount of instruction from us (given on collection of the machine), get a good result with the right professional floor sanders.

 

Q: How do your floor sanders differ from other floor sanders for hire?

A: Most hire companies hire out drum sanders to sand floors with. This wouldn't be used by a professional since it is very hard to control, leaves a terrible finish and creates large amounts of dust. Continual belt sanders, such as the floor sanders we hire, are in an altogether different ball park. They are highly precise, efficient, easy to operate and use less abrasive, as well as being mostly dust-free.

 

Q: How long will it take to sand my floor?

A: a professional floor sander can sand up to 30sqm a day, if the floor is prepared and doesn't require repairs. Somebody sanding a floor for the first time might not achieve this area, but you can reckon on 15 sq.m relatively easily.

 

Q: How many coats of seal do you use?

A: We always use a minimum of 3 coats and sometimes more depending on the floor.

 

Q: How long do the seals take to dry?

A: The seals take approximately 3hrs to be touch dry under normal temperature conditions. However, the seal sets fully hard over the course of a few days so we advise you to walk on it in no shoes and to refrain from replacing furniture for as long as possible. Oils take 24 hrs to dry in between coats.

 

Q: What seals should we use on our floors?

A: this depends on both what you want and where the floor is. Bedrooms and sitting rooms can be sealed with a part acrylic. Bathrooms, hallways and kitchens should be sealed with a traffic seal since it is highly durable against spillage, scuffing and abrasion. Oils can be used anywhere. They have the advantage of being plant based and are easily repairable but they do require more maintenance.

 

Q: How long does the seal last?

A: It depends on the amount of traffic, the footwear and the quality of the sanding work. A spare bedroom for example, which receives little traffic will obviously last much longer than a floor in a boutique. Also, if the floor has been poorly finished the seal will not hold as well as if the floor has been finished carefully.

 

Q: Can we change the colour of our floor?

A: Staining a floor a different colour is a popular choice by many people. However, it is not as easy to get a good finish as it may sound. When you colour a floor all the surface marks are likely to show up under the seal when the light falls on it. If you are not sure how to do it make sure you seek advice before you colour the floor.

 

Q: Do you deliver machines?

A: No. We do not deliver machines.

 

Q; Do you give instructions on how to use floor sanders?

A: Yes. Included in the cost of the hire is a detailed demonstration of how the machine works on collection.

 

Q: How do I get rid of the black stuff around the edges?

A: Many period properties have a bar tar-like substance around the edge of the floor. Our floor sanding edgers will remove this with a coarse abrasive.

 

Q: When should I change the abrasive?

A: When the abrasive is not cutting easily it is time to use a new belt or disc. NEVER STRAIN the machines. The machines will sand back the wood without stress if you let them.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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