The parquet flooring is one of the traditional options for wooden floors, they are cut in small blocks which allows them to be fitted in unique patterns. In this case, our task was to sand, fill the gaps, stain and refinish about 50 sqm of oak parquet flooring. Our guys have vast experience in working with old parquet floors, which helps them to choose the perfect treatment in every situation. The overall condition of the floor was not bad, mostly surface imperfections. There was a small area with badly damaged blocks that we needed to replace, with other mature blocks. When replacing some of the planks it’s important to choose the same wood specie and if it’s possible to be aged, so there won’t be dramatic difference in the colour. The wooden floors are natural products, so with the time their colour is changing due to processes happening in the timber. If someone inexperienced neglect this fact, matching the colour of the existing sanded floor and the new planks will be almost impossible.
So as usual after our team replaced the damaged planks, they continued with stripping off the old finish which happend in 3 rows with the different sandpaper grits. After the top layer of the wood was leveled and smoothened, our team mix a resin filler with the sawdust remains to fill the gaps. Our clients wanted to change a bit more the appearance of their flooring, which is why they also choose a stain in darker tones.
The last step is really important for every renovation project - the finishing. For these parquet blocks sealing we recommended to our clients the water-based 'Junckers HP Commercial' lacquer. This product is extremely durable and with low VOC contain. The job was completed for 3 days.
This time we had to restore not a huge area – only one room, but the overall condition of the floorboards was bad. Except the finish imperfections, there was some of the planks that needed to be replaced. Usually this is a complicated process, because our team had to find the closest match to the existing flooring, otherwise there could be significant colour difference. Before we start the work with the boards, the fitters had to lift and dispose about 19 sqm of carpet flooring, carpet grippers and damaged underlay. Once it was done, and the area was wiped from dust and dirt, our team could start with the repairs.
The next step was the most vital process for every wooden floor – the sanding. After 3 rounds with the Bona belt sander, there were no traces of all the dents and scratches. The next step was to apply samples from different stains on the sanded surface. The owners decided to go for the warm medium oak shade. There was another thing our team had to take care of – the gaps. This is a one of the common problems for the old floorboards constructions. Usually for gaps that are not so wide, we mix sawdust remains with resin filler. When this task was completed, the floor was insulated good, so our fitters polished it with finer sandpaper grit and rotary machine.
After the sanding process, the wood pores are open, and they soak better the products applied. The last thing our team had to do was to stain and varnish the floor. The sealant is important in every floor restoration project because it determines the appearance and the durability of the renovated flooring. Here, our clients decided to choose a lacquer in commercial grade for higher protection. The product our team applied 4 coats from was ‘Junckers HP Commercial’, which is water-based and with low VOC. The job was completed for one day.
Our job in this house was something, our sanders are familiar with – old wooden floor that was in urgent need of thorough restoration. What we’ve done:
- Sanding the old surface
- Filling the gaps
- Buffing with finer grit
- Staining (this included samples on sanded surface for client approval before application)
- Sealing with hardwearing finish
- Additional fireplace heart removal and extend of the existing flooring.
The job started with stripping off the old and damaged surface. This process was done without any unexpected complications. Than we had to fix the huge gaps between the boards. Usually we deal with them by using mix from sawdust and resin filler but this method is working only for gaps up to 4 mm. In this case, we had to supply wood strips cut from seasoned pine so they can match the colour of the sanded wood. Similar mature pine floorboards were also used to extend the existing flooring after the fireplace heart was removed.
For the buffing process, our fitters used orbital sander from Bona, which smoothened the surface and prepared it for the finishing. The stain our clients wanted was in medium shades. For the last step of the process, they decided to trust our knowledge and experience by choosing ‘Osmo Polyx Hardwax-Oil’, which we applied in 2 coats. Our hardworking team did this job only for a day. The skills, efficiency and the attitude displayed by them, made the family leave a very positive feedback.
This is a story of an old mahogany fingers flooring, which needed a thorough renovation process in order to shine again. What we had here were tons of scratches, stains and huge areas of badly damaged finish. Luckily for our team, the subfloor was in good condition, so there were no major repairs that needed to be done.
The first thing we had to do was to remove the top layer of the old finish. This happened with the help of our Bona Belt Sander. When the flooring has some specific pattern like in this case, there are specific requirements for the sanding process - so it must be done with great attention to the details. There were also minor gaps between some of the blocks, so our team had to deal with them too.
After the wood was buffed till achieving a smooth surface, our team proceeded with the last step – the varnishing. The choice of our clients for finishing product was ‘Junckers HP Commercial’ which is an extremely durable lacquer. This is a sealant from top quality, hardwearing and containing low VOC. As you probably have already noticed the sheen of the finish is satin. The time it took to complete the job was a single day.