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TIMBER FLOOR MAINTENANCE

Timber Floor Repairs & Maintenance in Perth

At M.I Floor Sanding, our specialists will provide remarkable floor maintenance services for your timber floors to ensure that they look their best for as long as possible.

Our floor maintenance services will help with the following

  • Keep that gloss: Keep your floor clear of any build-up of abrasive materials, like sand.
  • Prevent scuffing and indentations: Protect surface from rough, sharp or weight bearing objects, such as furniture legs, castors, high heel shoes.
  • Prevent fading: Protect your floors from fading that can occur from exposure to from direct sunlight.
  • Cleaning: Only use industry recommended cleaning products. Protect your floor from coming into contact with any foreign chemical other than a recommended cleaning product.

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    How to prevent damage to your wooden floor

    Wooden floors can add a beautiful and natural sense of space to a home.  While they are aesthetically pleasing, they can also become easily damaged. For this reason, extra precautions should be taken to ensure that your floors remain in top condition.

    Damage can occur in two main ways

    • Scratching – Wooden floors can become scratched by sharp objects, such as shoes, pet claws, and pieces of furniture.
    • Absorption – This can occur as a result of spills and other accidents, which can cause water damage and/or staining.

      Steps to avoid scratches on your wood floors

      • Avoid dragging any furniture across the floor.
      • Make sure you lift up each piece of furniture when moving, so it won't cause any damage.
      • Put rubber or felt stoppers on the legs of any chairs used on your wooden floor.
      • Make sure that your pets' claws are trimmed, as long claws will scratch.
      • Restrict people from wearing shoes in the wooden area, or lay down mats in the high-traffic areas of your home.
      • Quickly clean up any dirt left on the floor, as this can quickly cling to someone's shoes and be dragged through the house, leaving scratches in its wake.

        How to avoid moisture damage

        In terms of avoiding damage caused by liquids, your best weapon is your vigilance. If you witness any spills, make sure to wipe them up as quickly as possible to avoid moisture absorption. Make sure to keep the floor polished, so that the protective seal lasts as long as possible.

        Keep in mind that outdoor flooring exposed to the elements needs closer monitoring and should be sealed or oiled at least twice a year.

        Maintaining your polished wooden floor

        So you've just installed a new wooden floor, and you're keen to find out how you can keep it maintained? The good news is that with some simple precautions, you can prolong the life of your floor. These suggestions can be applied immediately, so you won't have to go through the pains of rearranging furniture and spending extra time and money sanding your floor. Take a little bit of time out of your day to make sure that your wooden floor retains its value and does not become an expensive replacement job.

        Most likely you are aware of the advantages of having a wooden floor rather than a carpeted one. Wooden floors are great for people who suffer from allergies or have dealt with the difficulties of removing stains or smells out of carpet. With these benefits (and many others) in mind, let's discuss how you can implement some basic changes that will help you to maintain your wooden floor.

        1. Encourage family members and guests to not wear their shoes on the wood - this is especially the case when it comes to shoes with small heel bases. If this suggestion makes you uncomfortable or seems too inconvenient, you should strategically place mats and rugs in high-traffic areas in order to prolong the life of your floor.
        2. If you plan to move any of your household furniture across the floor, it's best not to drag any pieces. Lift them up to avoid scratching the surface. For the same reason, you should consider putting rubber stoppers on the bottom of your dining chairs. Don't let avoidable scratches ruin an otherwise beautiful floor.
        3. If you have any pets, then it will be in your interest to make sure that their claws are trimmed, as if they claws become long enough to contact the floor they can do some real damage.
        4. Make sure to clean up after yourself and your family. You need to mop up any spills quickly if you want to ensure that the floor doesn't absorb the spillage. Sweep up any dirt in order to avoid people walking through it and scratching the floor. Don't forget to keep the surface polished, as well.

        Tips for polishing timber floorboards

        While the idea of timber floor maintenance and repairs such as polishing sounds pretty straightforward, you might be surprised by the details of this complicated and lengthy process. We will share some helpful advice with you before you begin, which will hopefully save you from making a serious and costly mistake.

        1. Before you begin polishing timber, make sure that it is properly sanded. It's advisable that you begin with a drum sander or a belt sander to remove the floor's prior coatings and any obvious roughness. You might want to start with 40-grit sandpaper and then progress to 80-grit.
          Keep in mind that such sanders won't be able to reach all parts of your flooring, so you may need a circular sanding disk and/or a triangular sanding machine to reach the corners of the floor and other hard-to-reach places.

        2. Afterwards, use an orbital sander with 120-grit sand paper to remove any marks that you have made on your previous rounds. Then make sure to vacuum the floor and get rid of any dust.

        3. Next, using a brush, seal the edges of the room that you are working on with coating and even it out with a roller.

        4. Apply a coat of polish with the roller along the grain.

        5. After this coating, you will need to again use an orbital sander to even out the roughness.

        6. After about eight hours, you can apply another two coats – one right after the other. Make sure that no one walks on the floor for 24 hours and do not drag any furniture into this area.

        If this is your first time polishing timber, you should know that there are some safety precautions to take. It is wise to wear earmuffs and a dust mask to protect yourself from fumes and dust.  You should also make sure that no pilot lights are on in the building, as they can easily cause a fire.

         We hope that these tips are helpful, but if you find that you'd rather leave this intensive work to the professionals, give us a call.

        Which floor types can be polished and sanded?

        Having a nicely polished and sanded floor adds a lovely natural touch to a home, and appeals to all of the senses. It's no wonder that so many houses currently feature a sanded, polished floor. While some types of flooring are appropriate for a non-professional to sand, most should be handled by someone who is trained and employed within the flooring industry.

        Many houses have wooden floorboards, which are ideal for polishing and sanding if they are made of real wood.

        Parquet flooring is also a great material for these procedures.

        A number of floor types should not be sanded at all.

        Other types of wooden flooring, such as particleboard and cork, are not suitable for sanding and polishing. Contact our team of experts for more information.

        Certain stone floors can also be sanded and polished. For example, a concrete floor can be polished, natural stone can be sanded (though it should be handled by a professional), and marble should not need to be sanded at all.

        If you are interested in sanding or polishing services, or would like additional information, please feel free to contact our highly qualified team at your convenience

        When you seek incredible floor maintenance services in Perth,

        call M.I Floor Sanding on 0420 512 179 for a free quote!

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