HOW DO WE FINISH AND SEAL A FLOOR?
At London Floor Restore, we love nothing more than restoring a neglected, damaged or worn wooden floor back to its former glory. Wood has a beauty and variety all of its own. Even within the same species, no two pieces of wood are identical - rather like human fingerprints. Consider the fine, light hue of pine or the rich colours that we associate with mahogany; it hardly seems the same substance.
THE FINAL TOUCHES FOR YOUR WOODEN FLOOR
The process of enhancing or restoring a floor happens in four stages: preparation, sanding, staining and sealing. After the experts here at London Floor Sanding have got to grips with sanding and staining your floor, it's time to consider its ultimate look and feel.
What's your instinct, what would you really like? Shiny? Matt? A subtle, golden sheen that reflects sunlight through the window?
The choice is of course up to you. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of restored wooden floors, therefore the choice of related products has expanded, too. We offer a wide variety of finishes and seals for your wooden and parquet floors, each option environmentally friendly, durable and long lasting.
We don't offer too much choice, though: your wooden floor is a totally natural product, so we only select the finishes and seals that we know will enhance your floor and make it look its best. Here's a quick run through of how to choose:
Waxes and Oils. Absorbed into the wood, give a subtle, waxes and oils give a natural sheen and are ideal if an eco friendly option is what you're after. Simply add another layer of wax or oil if you notice that the finish looks a little dull.
Lacquers. Such as polyurethanes, shellac and varnish are for you if you need a super hard wearing finish that will look good for years.
Although they form an impenetrable barrier between you and the floor, these sorts of finishes certainly don't look plastic. They come in all sorts of natural looking options, even totally matt.
Hardwax Oil. This is a compromise between the two finishes which doesn't blister or crack and allows the wood to breathe. It gives a lovely natural finish, too.
As we always say, Don't Do It Yourself. Your floors are too precious and should only be left in the hands of the experts. Contact Us today - we're looking forward to hearing from you.