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Hi, I am Mr Sanders and I would love to answer any questions you may have about wood floor restoration or maintenance.

  • C. Emmet

    London, 2018

    What Is the Difference Between Gap Filling and Strip Filling?

    I am thinking of restoring the original victorian pine floorboards in my house, but there are quite a few gaps between the boards in some areas. I understand that it might be possible to fill the gaps, but I am not sure what the difference is between gap filling and strip filling. Can you tell me a bit more about your gap filling service?

    • Mr Sanders

      Gap filling is ofthen a services that goes along with our wood floor restoration services. It is very common that over time some gaps appear between the floorboards or between the blocks of parquet flooring. The good news is that smaller gaps are relatively easy to ractify by the gap filling service, where a mixture of clear resin and saw dust, which is collected from the sanding process is used to fill in the gaps. Nevertheless, it hsould be noted that bigger gaps are trickier to fill. This is where strip filling comes handy. Strip filling is very similar to gap filling, but instead of just the mixure of clear resin and saw dust, bigger gaps between the floorboards are also filled with small pine slivers. While this is often an effective methid, it is not recommended that strip filling is applied throughout the whole area as this may result in undesirable visual aesthetic effect due to the number of additional small strips added on to the floors.

      Another important point that should be noted for both gap filling and strip filling is that the effectiveness of both methods is highly dependant on the solidness of the floorboards and their subfloors. Gap filling as well as strip filling may sometimes fall through if there is a movement in the floorboards or any movement in the joists that hold the floorboards. Therefore, gap filling is excluded of our service guarantee as their effectiveness depends on things that are beyond our control.


  • D Greig

    Westminster, 2019

    Can You Repair Damaged Pine Floobroards?

    My wood floors need sanding and varnishing, but I think that some of the floorboards are badly damaged and might need replacement or repair. Is this something that you can do?

    • Mr Sanders

      Yes, as part of our floorboards restoration service it is often required to repair and replace damaged floorboards. Therefore, before we do floorboard sanding, we always inspect the floorboards to make sure that, where needed, wood floor repairs are done before that sanding. As part of our floorboard repairs and replacement services, we always aim to secure any loose floorbaord, but where the board is damaged to an extend beyond repair then we supply and installed reclaimed floorbaords to do a replacement. It is very important that the replacement seasoned floorboards are carefullys elected to match the colour and the sage of your particular flooring as much as possible. This ensures a more uniform appearance once floors are sanded and varnished.

  • T Dash

    Camden, 2018

    Can You Sand and Varnish Bamboo Flooring?

    I am not sure but I htink that I have bamboo flooring and if this is the case I was wondering if you can sand and varnish it?

    • Mr Sanders

      Generally speaking bamboo flooring is possible to sand and varnish. However, we would always aim to do a free site survey before we can advice on the state of your particular flooring and its potential for restoration. Because restoration of bamboo flooring require a fair bit of sanding skills and knowledge, we would always recommend the use of a professional floor sanding company like FloorWorks instead of DIY to ensure best results.

  • B Flynn

    Bedford, 2019

    Can You Seal Domestic Wooden Floors with Commercial Grade Floor Varnish?

    I am in a process of sanding my parquet flooring, but I wonder if I can use commercial grade floor sealant as we have a dog and we often have guests at home so there is a lott of foot traffic? Thank you.

    • Mr Sanders

      Hi and thank you for your question about the use of commercial grade floor varnish or oil in domestic properties. The quick answer is yes. However, there are several things you need to consider when choosing the most appropriate floor sealant for your floors.

      Once the floors are properly sanded to a smooth finish, it is extremely important that varnihs is applied right away to ensure that the bare timber is protected from any accidental spillages. Choosing the best type of sealant requires not only consideration of how the floors are expected to be used, but also how often you will be bale to maintain them in the future. While lacquers provide a more durable and hard wearing sealant, it is important to note that they do not allow for local scratch repairs and once floors are damaged, they would need a total resanding and revarnishing. Therefore, some customers prefer the use of wood floor oils, such as Osmo Oils to seal their floors. While oiled floors allow some minor floor scratches to be repaired and reoiled locally, without the need of overall sanding, it is important to note that they do require a regular wood floor re-oiling service to maintain the sealant.

      Should you decide to go for a lacquer rather than oil, we would recommend the commercial grades of some renown varnish producers such as Loba Varnishes, Bona Laquers and Junckers sealants, which we regularly use for our floor restoration services as they provide high level of protection and durability.

      We hope this information was helpful and don't hesitate to contact us if you need any further assistance or if you would like to book our floor restoration service.