Preparation for sanding and coating

  1. Carpentry, electrical, plastering must be completed before the work on the floor can start.
  2. Painting can be completed but it is advised that the final coat on the skirting boards be applied once the final coat of polish has been applied to the floor. The UNICO (also known as the ‘edger') will come in contact with the skirting boards which may scratch or peel the paint.
  3. All furniture in the rooms to be polished is to be removed.
  4. Curtains or drapes are to be removed or wrapped in plastic to be protected from the dust.
  5. Gas and electrical appliances are to be disconnected.
  6. Food should be placed in airtight containers or bags.
  7. It is advised for health reason that when applying the three coats of polyurethane that alternate accommodation be made. Relocation is not required if a water base finish has been requested.
  8. Air vents and duct vents are to be sealed to prevent dust coming in contact with the floors.

What you can expect when your floors are professionally coated

  1. Expert sanding and polishing.
  2. A thorough and detailed explanation of the work to be carried out.
  3. Polite and courteous tradesman with regular updates of work progress.
  4. Nails holes, knot holes and gaps at the end of boards to be filled with the appropriate water based putty.
  5. No work will be sub-contracted out.

What not to expect

  1. Removal of deep knife marks made by the carpet layers.
  2. Removal of deep gouges in the boards.
  3. Removal of stains from the boards made by animal urine and water marks.
  4. Removal of water stains around nails.
  5. Application of putty to fill gaps between existing floor boards (expansion and contraction in the timber will cause cracking of the putty).
  6. Any damaged boards or boards damaged by borer will not have the same polished gloss level as those in good condition.
  7. While every precaution will be taken to minimise dust, it is virtually impossible to have a totally dust free environment after polishing floor boards. Our experience suggests that the owner will be required to vacuum and dust a few days after the floors have been polished.
  8. Boards with large cracks or holes that require to be filled are likely to have small hair line cracks appearing.
  9. Not to expect a ‘furniture finished' floor as the timber used on floors is generally of a lower grade and will have variations in colour and texture.

  Things you should be ware of

  1. Any silicone on the floor will cause a reaction to the polyurethane (eg hair spray).
  2. Downlights produce a cobweb effect on the coatings.
  3. You may get slight marking on your skirting boards from the edger they have been painted recently. It is advisable to paint these after the last coat of floor polish has been applied.
  4. Black Japan or Japanese tar around the perimeter of old timber boards may produce a two tone effect.
  5. There will be some variation in colour between new and old boards.

Caring for your floors

  1. Allow 24 hours before replacing furniture.
  2. Apply felt pads where required.
  3. Sweep or mop your floors regularly to keep it free of dust and dirt.
  4. Avoid wearing high healed shoes for at least 3-4 days after the final coat.
  5. To keep dust or dirt entering the house place mats at all entrances to wipe feet.
  6. Wipe up all spills immediately.
  7. Direct sunlight or artificial light will cause discolouring over time.
  8. Areas of floor covered with rugs will retain their original colour. Hence once the rug is removed or its position changed, the variation in colour may be noticeable.

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