Frequently Asked Questions
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> Gloss, satin or matte finish ?
This is absolutely up to you and your taste. Most finishes can be strong and hard wearing, with a couple of exceptions.
Here are some considerations, however:
> Can any timber floor be sanded?
Well, almost all timber floors can be sanded. In more than 20 years I have seen only a few floors that were too badly damaged, requiring extensive repairs for which no appropriately matched timber was available. Having said that, I have had great success using my skills and experience to repair old floors, sourcing the necessary timbers to match beautifully with the existing floor boards. Not all floorsanders are prepared to take on such highly skilled work that is often very difficult. Much depends on your level of expectation also, as not all goals can be achieved in some particular cases with old floors.>> Hide Content
> Are you making much dust?
We have all the newest "DUST FREE" machines, however some fine dust is always the result of floor sanding, usually a surprisingly small amount. When installing flooring we have the drop saw and circular saw which make the most dust. It is just not possible to work with timber without creating some dust.>> Hide Content
> Do I have to move all the furniture from the floor?
Yes, We strongly recommend you move the furniture or get professionals to do it, however We can help you out with couple of bigger pieces to move it before we start the work. This can include the Fridge from the kitchen. Stove must be removed by electrician.
Possible to work around fridges and stoves, we usually can sand and polish around that much how much timber floor you can see from standing position.
If moving all the furniture is a problem, we can do half house in one time, other half at the other time, have to have a look your place.>> Hide Content
> How much will it cost to sand my floor?
We need to see your floor in order to be able to properly quote which is why we offer a free, no-obligation quote. The price is dependent on the condition of the timber and what kind of coating system we will be using. Some polyurethane is available at really budget price; the newer products are more expensive.>> Hide Content
> How many times can a Tongue and Groove timber floor be sanded?
This depends on who sands it. Usually the timber has about 7mm above the tongue, which means that a professional can sand it about 5-6 times. If the floor has a moisture problem and has cupped or crowned this number can be significantly less. Unfortunately I have seen cases where one sanding job has done so much damage and left us with 1 or 2 chances to sand again properly. However, I feel confident to say that if the job is done properly once, and with the proper coating and maintenance it should not require further sanding, only buffing and recoating.>> Hide Content
> What is the real different between different "grades" in timber?
The look and the Price..
We have 3 main grades and the mixture of them:
Sometimes available even cheaper than the Feature grade under different marketing names like "Utility grade" . This grade can includes any similar coloured timber with lots of featured pieces in any (short) length.>> Hide Content
> I have some old black and green paint on my floor. Can I sand it off and get back the color of the original timber? If I can, what is the best way?
Yes,probably you can have back your timbers original color. . What I don't recommend is to do it yourself, because those old paints and Black Japans can contain Led. Led based paints and old finishes at sanding start to release some really nasty gases what can affect your nerve system pretty badly. We have the proper protection and method for those nasties , Definitely not a DIY job .>> Hide Content
> How can I keep my timber floor clean and fresh?
The basic rules are: Dust mop and vacuum regularly, have a proper door mat at every door and never wet mop a timber floor. Use only the proper cleaning agent for your finish, never use any other household chemicals.. Some of you would choose the "kidmop"....
I would recommend this: Maintenance PDF (0.2MB)
Please Note: As I have experienced, the Bona spray cleaner works good on most polyurethane coated surfaces but if you have a non Bona finish on your floor, always try a small area first.
Alternatively you can mix white vinegar with water in 1:5 - 1:10 ratio in a spary bottle . Spray it on the dirty part of the floor and wipe it off. White vinegar is great for cutting grease, removing odors, mildew, most stains and wax buildup.
If you are interested in more information about the Bona spray cleaner or you would like to purchase one please contact Gus on 0410 463 278.>> Hide Content
"5 years ago we ripped up the carpet in our living room and found hardwood underneath, so we called Gus in. He was simply amazing, pulled up and filled all the nail holes, sanded it beautifully and coated it with a lovely durable polish. The finish is perfect, and has lasted amazingly. He also organised and laid new blackbutt in an adjacent room and did a marvellous job in integrating the two timbers. Gus is a true professional and his attention to detail is to be admired, I will recommend Gus at A1 to anyone wanting quality timber flooring."
Brian - Port Macquarie