Step Flooring promises to bring out the true natural beauty of a hardwood floor. We are proud to introduce a three step varnishing process, sometimes referred to as waxing, which will give your hardwood floors a brilliant clean appearance, an appearance that is well deserved.
– First your floor is carefully cleaned. At this time all dirt, grime and/or debris is removed using a soft broom or lightweight vacuum cleaner, followed by a damp mop. It is important to remove grit and dirt from hardwood floors. Dirt and grit are the biggest enemies when it comes to scratching or scouring the floor finish.
– Next, your wood floor is buffed using a high speed buffing machine to bring up the existing radiant shine in your timber. This process removes all scuff marks from the floor and brings back the shine as well as it cleans the floor
– Finally, we apply different types of sealers to your floor depending on the type of wood and the condition of your floor. Sealing of your hardwood floor can be done only after the floor has been buffed. The floor has to be clean and completely dry before polishing it. Sealing entirely depends on the type of your wood floor, its age and its usage.
You can be sure that your floor will look more alive after the treatment. It will be clean, shiny and well protected.
Your wood floor will be dry within 2-4 hours and fully cure in 12-72 hours. Which means that you can walk on the floor after 4 hours of the treatment, but you should avoid getting your wood floor wet until it has has fully cured.
The professional at Step Flooring will be able to guide you through the options available from light ash stains to high gloss dark polishes. Let our experts help you with the following decisions:
- Colour of the stain
- Type of stain
- Level of sheen
- Quality of durability required
- Timeframe you have for the treatment
- Environmentally Friendly options
Using a carefully selected range of finishes, we can help advise on the suitability of different finishes for specific projects.
Whether you require a new finish for your restaurant or shop floor, or a solution more tailored to domestics needs, we can select the solution most suitable for your project.
Lacquers (floor varnishing)
1. Matte varnish finish
In the picture on the right you can see a floor varnished with 3 coats (1 primer coat and 2 varnish coats).
2. Gloss lacquer finish
High gloss finishes offer a more elegant appearance. These finish types are more common in commercial settings and can be seen everyday on basketball floors and gymnasiums. They will tend to highlight imperfections including dust buildup if you’re not cleaning often. Other complaints include visible foot prints by walking in bare feet.
Wood Floor Oiling
The major difference between lacquer and oil is that lacquer forms a tough seal over the wooden floors, whereas the oil penetrates the pores of the grain and needs re-application.
Floors with heavy traffic will need to be re-oiled 2-3 times a year, whereas in domestic homes every second year should suffice. If you choose to lacquer the wooden floor, the advantage is that this should not have to be re-applied. As a general rule, there is little gain in oiling soft woods (such as pine boards), leaving it better suited to hardwood floors.
The professional way to stain a floor is to sand first leaving your floor silky and smooth then use a stain or even several stains mixed together and diluted. All stains are effected by the colour of the sanded boards. The start color of the boards is the deciding factor as to which other colors you must add to achieve what you want. The floor is then varnished with a clear professional varnish, at least 3 coats applied after the stain has been left over night to dry.
|Natual Beech||Antique Pine||Redwood|
Colours shown are indicative and are only as accurate as web display allows. One coat of a Colour should be brushed on to unfinished timbers and any excess should be clothed off. We’ll finish with two coats of varnish.
Call us on 0203 397 4145 to discuss your project or fill in the free quote form