Floor Sanders Brisbane
Our staff are expert floor sanders and polishers.
We only use high end machinery that combined with depth of experience will produce superior results.
The process can only be completed to a high standard if high quality coatings are non negotiable. At AC Floor Sanding we use high end brands such as Loba and Polycure.
Apart from moving furniture off your floor, we can handle every aspect of the work leading to a beautiful polished timber floor.
The process usually begins with all nails fixing boards to joists being punched down beneath the surface of the timber. This process usually takes care of any previous creaks and ensures there is no movement of boards.
On occasion, when the floor coverings are lifted, damage to floor boards previously hidden from view is revealed. If necessary we can provide a quote to repair any damaged flooring using boards sourced from salvage yards of approximately the same age as your floor.
The sanding process is now ready to commence.
Depending on the condition of the floor, it is often first sanded on a 45 degree angle using a rough grade sand paper. This achieves lateral flatness.
The floor is then sanded with the grain numerous times using progressively finer sandpaper.
The final sanding preparation uses a rotary sander to buff and remove any fine sanding marks produced with the belt sander.
Your floor is now exceptionally smooth and ready for the application of coatings. Your decision for floor polishing can seem complicated but we are always happy to help you through your decision making process.
Solvent based Polyurethanes
Traditionally, floors have been coated using solvent based polyurethane. For many people, this remains the product of choice. For customers wanting a high gloss finish, its simply hard to surpass the depth of finish it achieves.
Having said that, the high quality solvent based polyurethanes we use can also produce contemporary modern and warm effects through use of their Semi-gloss, Satin and Matt finishes.
Water based Polyurethanes truly produce a superior furniture like finish on your floor.
Whilst solvent based polyurethane is aesthetically preferable for high gloss finishes, for low sheen finishes water based polyurethane is unmatched.
It is non toxic, low odour and environmentally friendly.
Due to its fast drying times, very little dust presents in the final finish.
It also produces a sheen that is very consistent.
We only use superior coatings at AC Timber Floor Sanders Brisbane.
In the solvent based range, we use POLYCURE & FEAST WATSON
In the water based range, we use LOBA DUO & BONA TRAFFIC
We are staining experts.
While completing floor sanding, customers are frequently choosing to stain their timber floors.
Staining can take an average economical timber and turn it into a stunning piece of art decor.
There are essentially two types of staining options.
For clients who want to achieve a moderately darker appearance or slightly change the tone of their timber floor we can apply a tint stain coat.
This requires superior skill level to achieve consistency across your floor.
For darker choices like walnut, black japan etc we recommend direct staining of the timber.
This is a more time-consuming process, but produces extraordinary results!
The most important aspect of achieving a stain result that will meet your expectations is through consultation.
Before applying a drop of stain to your floors, we will produce samples on your floor to make certain the tone and colour you have in mind is produced on your floor.
Call us today for a free appraisal of your timber floor!
At AC Floor Sanders Brisbane, we are happy to guide you through the process toward a superior result on your timber floor.
A Bit About Timber Floor Maintenance
To start with, we suggest that you purchase a decent front-door-mat that has bristles or some another type of durable material on the top and a soft lining on the underneath. Positioned inside the entranceway to your house it will remind your family and guests to clean their shoes as soon as they step inside. A good quality front-door-mat is an affordable but effective measure to stop dirt and grit coming into your home and onto your floors on the underside of people’s footwear. This is imperative as any type of debris, be it dirt, gravel or even fine dust can be abrasive and will start to eat away at the flawless finish of your timber floors. You might also want to think about some cleverly placed runners or rugs in your high-traffic zones to provide further protection.
It is prudent to have a “No High Heels” rule for everybody entering your home as heels can leave divots and dents in the floor. It’s also important that you fit felt pad shields to the feet of chairs, sofas, tables and cabinets. Monitor these furniture shields regularly because they are only effective if they are kept free of grit and debris build up. Keep spares on hand so that you can replace them periodically, they are an inexpensive way to protect your floors. When you move furniture around, do so with caution. We recommend lifting items rather than dragging them to reduce risk of scuff marks and scratches. Moving in or out of a house is the time that you are most likely to cause damage to flooring so remember to take extra care at these times.
Do not wax your floors or use any type of abrasive cleaner on it. Products to be avoided are those that list chlorine, ammonia, bleach, oil or pine soap amongst their ingredients. If a spillage occurs, act swiftly by wiping up the spill using a damp but not soaking fabric cloth or paper towel.
Maintain your pets nails diligently, checking the them regularly and clipping them as needed to prevent scratches to the floor as they run across it. If you are a pot-plant lover, take care to always use protective saucers when plants are sitting directly on the floor. These saucers need to be water-tight and adequately sized to prevent leakage. Be particularly careful while you tend and water your plants so as to avoid water damage to the timber beneath.
Clean your floors regularly using a standard padded vacuum head or a broom with soft-bristles. This protects your floor from a build-up of dust and dirt. We recommend against using rotating power-head vacuums on timber flooring.
After removing any dust and dirt use a damp mop and well diluted floor cleaning detergent (look for one that is designed for timber floors specifically). After mopping, be conscious of drying off any moisture by buffing the floors dry with a clean, dry and soft cloth. Always dilute cleaning solutions with water and do not pour detergent onto the timber directly.
A Bit About Our Love of Timber Floors
Timber is extraordinarily hard-wearing which means it makes a fantastic floor which, if correctly looked after, will endure for a very long time. In contrast to carpet, which can quickly become filled with debris and look drab and old, timber still looks great over time. Even aged wood will contribute to the character of a house and as a building material it actually improves the health of your families’ living environment. We are not alone in considering timber to be a trustworthy investment that adds value to a house and is enhances the atmosphere of your home.
Because it is a natural product, once sanded and treated, wood feels soft underfoot and is very pleasing to the eye. Timber is an incredible natural insulator and its presence in the room will gently create warmth. How does that work? It is a result of the thousands of tiny air chambers found within each cubic centimetre of wood. These chambers trap heat which then passively warms the surrounding area. The perfect natural insulator!
Timber is undoubtedly one of mankind’s oldest and most thoroughly tested flooring materials which continues in its popularity. Wood floors are very durable and when you look after them well they will last for decades, even centuries. History has established wood as a beautiful and durable option for Australian homes.
If you are somebody that values minimal upkeep, then Timber floors are the right option for you. As highlighted earlier in this article, hard-wood floors are a great low maintenance choice and with just your usual regular sweeping along with an occasional mop, they will contribute to the health and well-being of your home, which by proxy cares for the health and well-being of your family. Unlike carpet, vinyl and other floor coverings, timber does not provide a haven for allergens such as pet hair, pollen, or mould. Making the choice of wood for your floors is certainly the shrewd choice if you have an allergy sufferer in the home.
We live in the age of information, which has brought with it an increased awareness of the environmental impact of our choices. We see that Australians in general now favour products that have a lower environmental-impact. We don’t have to tell you that Timber is a natural resource, and it is a resource that is both recyclable and renewable. Vinyl and carpet will inevitably end up being carted to your local landfill, however “old” timber can easily be sanded and then restored with superb results, as good as, or if done right, even better than new. Aged wood is filled with character and highly sort after.
More than just reducing a carbon footprint, as we have previously expanded on, choosing timber will contribute to a healthful home environment. Making a choice think about the health of your house is making the choice to care for the health and well-being of your family, which is a concern for all of us. In recent times, studies have discovered, and medical specialists concur that timber floors are a healthier choice especially as compared to other flooring alternatives. Mould, dust and the dust mites that hide in a piece of carpet can aggravate and bring on allergenic asthma.
Interestingly, the National Centre of Biotechnology Information (this is a branch of the US National Institute of Health) spoke in a recent investigative report about the “adverse effects of carpeted floors on perceived indoor air quality as well as worsening of symptoms in individuals with asthma and allergies”. Their advice was “avoiding extensive carpet use in offices, schools, kindergartens and bedrooms”. With this in mind, timber flooring is a fantastic option for asthma sufferers, and for anybody interested in fostering a healthy environment for their family to live in.
So, in summary, the advantages of going with timber as your preferred choice in flooring goes much beyond the fact that they look beautiful. And if you make the wise call and entrust your floors to skilled professionals, the whole process can be an enjoyable one. Call now for your complimentary timber floor assessment!
Don’t hesitate, get in touch today. Our goal is to make the entire experience as smooth as those gorgeous timber floors that you have been dreaming about.