Cost and value
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Price, Value, Cost, Profit

What is the difference?

Price

When you look for the service or to buy the item or food, usually the best price is the lowest one. It will leave the most amount of money in your pocket. This really only applies to

  1. your pocket,

there is also price of the

  1. environment, health, mental, etc.

We do not often consider any other prices as the effects of it can be grasp right now, as you don’t have money now, you need to buy other staff now, the bills need to be paid now. Environment will not suffer from your small decision; your health probably won’t be affected by this decision significantly anyway and you are probably not even thinking about it anyways, so your mental health is not affected at all you might think. The 2nd set of prices is important, but not so urgent now, you can always work on them in the future, at some point.

Why don’t you take a step back, meditate on it for a while, look from the perspective? I came to understand that important and urgent issues have massive impact on what happens now, and they can be very important. Think about something what would you need to do to improve your relationships, your business, your health. It is very unlikely that it is urgent, and this might be the very cause why it needs improving in the first place. It tends to be the things that are also important but not so urgent, which relates to the 2ndset of prices.

Value

You get what you paid for, don’t you believe it? You can’t get good and cheap, good things aren’t cheap. It is also possible to get poor quality and very expensive – we all been there and suffered because of our poor choice, usually uneducated, not fully understood and rapid. All you really want is the value for money, isn’t it? I promise you, you will always get that.

It is always better to spend little more that you planned as the maximum you can lose is that little. If you spend little less than you should, you will lose everything and yet you will not have the product which does what it supposed to do. Sometimes, waiting is a better option, this way you are not losing anything, you are just withdrawing your investment.

Cost

isn’t the cost is often called price? Let’s take a burger for this example. Price of it is £3.99, what is the cost of making this burger. You need a cow to start with, the cow need to be born, raised and slaughtered. It drinks around 150L of water daily for around 15 months – that’s the cost of the environment. It eats a lot as well, so the grain must be grown to feed it, the grain needs a field, this is why deforestation happens – in order to feed the cow. That it needs to be slaughter, packed, shipped and cooked. So, the cost in this instance is likely to be more then price you pay of £3.99. We like to pretend to be blind and ignore the cost.

Profit

In order for any business to be healthy economically, treat the workers fair, treat the planet well, don’t go mental and serve the good value to its customers, it must produce profit. Otherwise costs will go up and you will not even notice. Next time you call, the business may be not existing anymore as it was not sustainable. Do you often hear the business owner saying that his/her employees are paid more than the owner?

Morale

Consider all the costs and look at the value of the product. if it doesn’t match the price, there is something wrong. It may just be a feeling, or it can be very obvious. Either way the decision at the end is yours and you have to live with its consequences.

 

This actually makes me a hypocrite as sometimes I ignore the true cost. The truth comes in 3 stages, ridicule, violence opposition and acceptance. I am somewhere in between all 3.

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What is so great about wool carpets?

What is so great about wool?

Wool is a natural fibre and we try to replicate it tirelessly for years, but from the beginning, we are trying to achieve impossible.

I do admire our efforts, we all should aim for impossible.

Let’s do it from a wool carpet owner point of view and see if I can capture what you want from your carpet.

MUST:

  • It must be pretty
  • Easy to look after
  • Must last for as long as possible
  • Inexpensive

SHOULD:

  • Feel nice and soft
  • Be safe for children to play on
  • Stains should be easy to clean
  • Should not be affected by any pests eg. moths

COULD:

  • Could be a good insulation for your home
  • It could be eco-friendly

Must, should & could vary on the individual. For me, eco-friendly would be in the must section. Ideally woven so there is no synthetic in it at all and natural colour.

Wool can achieve all: must, should & could. As long as you have some maintenance programme in place and you are proactive about it.

Let’s follow the list above:

MUST

MUST BE PRETTY

Nowadays you have a variety of colour and designs. You mix match them with other types of floor covering like wood & stone. You have pastel colours to choose from, you have interior designers who can help you with your choice. It is the indefinite must, so you are happy with your choice. Just go to the shop or have shop come to you with samples and help you make the choice.

EASY TO LOOK AFTER

Wool carpets and fibres are so special mainly because out of its outer layer, called cuticle. It repeals any spills and it is easy to clean.

I have a dog and we only washed it few times in her life. I think she hates us for it and is terrified of the bathroom even though she loves swimming in the seaside etc.

MUST LAST

If maintained well it can look like new forever. Although it is not a hard wearing fibre. It will wear out with time, it can deteriorate as it is a natural fibre, it will turn to soil eventually. We have clients with 25-year-old wool carpets and it looks like it was fitted yesterday. I will share their secret with you soon.

INEXPENSIVE

Just by following the idea that you can have wool carpets that look like new after 25 years.

You can buy cheap carpets for £5/m2 or you can buy proper wool carpets for let’s say £70/m2.

The cheap carpet is likely to be synthetic, it will ugly out very quickly and if you want to keep it looking nice you would probably have to buy a new carpet let’s say every 3 years. Over 25 years you would spend just over £40/m2, you would have to have contractors change it for you 8 times, with disruption and additional charge every time for fitting and disposal. You would be producing plastic garbage which will end up in our oceans costing a fortune to our planet and future generations.

When making your initial investment higher, it would save money and worry for future, causing no disruption to you and your family, it would cost nothing to our planet, if properly disposed of, it would just nourish the soil with it protein fibres.

It may seem like a lot to spend now, but it is definitely cheaper for everyone in a long run.

SHOULD

SHOULD FEEL NICE & BE SAFE

Have you ever had a chance to stroke a dog with a nice coat? My dog is so soft! People love stroking her as she feels so great. She is well fed and well exercised. That’s my secret.

Most carpets in the shop feel nice. Again, it’s a very private matter what is “nice”?

If I fed my dog bad food and did very little exercise the coat would probably lose that nice touch.

As long as you maintain your carpets correctly they will be soft and nice to touch and play.

EASY TO CLEAN

Have you ever seen the stained dog?

Wool carpet is naturally resistant to stains. It us and our approach that is staining the carpets. Heat, carpet structure, fibre type, time, they all play a factor in stain removal.

It’s all about the maintenance.

MOTHS

Wool is protein-based fibre and moths, like any other living creature need proteins to survive. 80% of dust is actually our skin, which is protein rich. Therefore, dusty dark places rarely vacuumed are paradise for these butterflies.

COULD

INSULATION

Wool is a great insulation. Both during the summer and during the winter. You don’t often see animals wearing jumpers or jackets, do you?

ECO-FRIENDLY

It’s a natural product, what else can you ask for? If disposed of properly it will be a food for the earth. Of course, you can have different construction types. Tufted carpets have a primary backing adhered to the secondary backing and some adhesive is used. Woven carpets have no other material but wool and maybe cotton. No adhesive used in these carpets. Nowadays you don’t see them often as they are expensive to make and it seems that humans for some reason have inverted their priorities and there is no many who actually care about the impact on our planet from our daily choices.


Summary

To summarise, wool is a great fibre in pretty much every aspect. If not maintained well it will lose its value which often cannot be restored as the damage done is permanent. It can basically damage 2 ways.

Physically and chemically.

Physical damage occurs every day with foot traffic. 80% of soil in wool carpets is dry soil. It means it’s insoluble either in water or in solvents. Dry soil and foot traffic act like sanding paper to the fibres stripping the outer layer of wool, the cuticle. We can remove dry soil by dry soil extraction machines commonly known as vacuum cleaners. Dry soil and water will just create mud. It’s easier to sweep the dry soil rather than spray and mop, isn’t it?

Chemical damage is done when wrong chemicals are used for water extraction cleaning. The results of the cleaning will be fabulous but wool is altered chemically and it can become visible in years ahead and you would never blame your carpet cleaner for it as you wouldn’t be able to link it.

I hope this will give you enough information when it comes to selecting carpet cleaning firm to clean your wool carpets. It is all about the maintenance & you can read about importance of it here.

We are IICRC qualified in carpet carpet cleaning and 5 other areas, we are WoolSafe approved contractors, Johnny Czarnota – technical director of the company, is WoolSafe approved carpet inspector. Therefore, we have vast knowledge about wool and how to look after it. If you have any question please call for free advice.

DO NOT REACT TO ACCIDENTS, RESPOND INSTEAD. 

Written by Silver Lining Floor Care

Oak Floor Sanding in Dulwich Village Project

Oak Floor Sanding in Dulwich

Before Floor Sanding

Oak floors have been worn out as it is kitchen area used by a family of 5. The traffic is high as all the cooking, eating & partying happens there, kitchen is a heart of the house where all family gatherings take place.

Customer Expectations

They needed a solution which not only restores the former beauty of the solid oak flooring, but it is also easy to look after and furthermore can take a lot of traffic.

Our proposal

We suggested oil finish for 2 main reasons:

  • It is easy to maintain, very durable and can be topped up on regular basis without the need for sanding.
  • It is family of 5 so there is always someone there, they need the kitchen in the afternoon, so finish must dry fairly quickly for the floor to be ready to use asap

More about the difference between oil & lacquer finish you can find here.

Floor Sanding Process

The floor was well fitted and there was no need for any floor repairs. Oak floor is a hardwood, so it is very crispy and if moisture levels are fine it sands very nicely.

First, we removed the old finish to avoid any unwanted reaction with new finish. Next few steps were polishing steps to get the oak floor to scratch free look. After every step of sanding we got on our hands and knees to make sure the sanding was adequate.

We carried out as much sanding during the first day to allow the family to use the floor in the evening and we started early morning the following day in order to apply oil as soon as possible.

Next morning we removed the marks caused by the night before use and finished off the floor with 2 coats of Magic Oil from Pallmann. Magic Oil only requires 4h to allow light traffic and 12h to be fully cured, so they could resume to normal life with very little disruption,

Results after floor sanding and oiling

After floor was finished, we gifted our client a free bottle of cleaner followed with advice how to look after oiled floors. You can read more about maintenance of oiled floor here.

Feedback from the client

Client loved the outcome – very natural and fresh look but was a bit concern as the oiled floors seemed unprotected. We did this job before Christmas and schedule the visit after New Year’s to assure the client that there was nothing to worry about as Magic Oil that we have used protects the wood from within and seals it. They have the best product on the market and 2 year warranty on the finish from us as approved Parkettprofi contractors.

We visited the client in February and he was no longer concerned about the floor. He was very happy with the end finish of the floor and its performance over holiday season and is willing to do his living room in near future.

Oak Floor Sanding before and after photo

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Sexy Wood Floors

Sexy floors

Please note, this is based on my very personal opinion. You can agree or disagree, there is no right or wrong here. When writing this, it is some sort of therapy to me.

What is sexy or attractive?

To us humans, sexual attractiveness can mean very different things. For most of us, attraction is often based on some indefinable quality such as body shape and colour. If we get deeper into the subject it may also include character, attitude and respect, etc. In most cases we judge something to be alluring when we look at it. Perhaps it is a monotone skin colour, or a nicely shaped body. Darwin would have us believe that we are simply looking for the healthiest individual, so we can produce healthy descendants but hopefully it is more than just that. As we all know health can be both physical and physiological, but I feel that subject is a whole separate book.

How do we make ourselves sexy?

We all try to look good every day. We don’t only want to be attractive to our partners or spouses, we also want other people to find us attractive and there is nothing wrong with that – it boosts our confidence. Consequentially we all seek to make ourselves as appealing as possible by being well groomed, applying makeup and using supplements such as shampoos, conditioners, toners and even vitamins to make us look and feel as good as possible.

There is also another way, but it is not as fast. One can go to gym to keep yourself trim, toned and active. Along with regular visits to the gym you can choose to eat only healthy and nutritious food to get the inside as healthy as the outside appearance.  The problem with the gym and healthy food option is that it will not happen overnight, it is hard work and many fail at the early stages or fail temporarily which puts them back a step or two. It takes hard work determination and tenacity to look and feel good all the time.

Maintaining an attractive look also applies to wooden floors. As with our bodies they are both made of nature’s finest materials, but they also take a lot of knocks and wear and tear and like humans they gradually get older. Also, unfortunately like some people (hopefully not you, reading this) they sometimes also get walked all over.

More about maintenance in general you can read here.

 

How to make wood floor sexy?

Like our bodies, there is basically 2 different methods of finishing your wooden floor to make it look as attractive as possible:

1.     Lacquer (or the makeup approach)

·       It is a topical coat (should it not be top coat? Topical means “current” but it maybe that this is an expression used in the Industry?).

·       It will cover any imperfections and is much more forgiving

·       However as with makeup, too many coats can make the floor look “plastic”

·       It will only protect the surface of the floor

·       It can be shiny or satin

2.     Oil (or the gym and healthy nutrients approach)

·       As with the gym it protects the outer surface and from within by saturating the wood.

·       If the sanding process is not done to high standard it will expose imperfections.

·       It will also expose the natural beauty and grain of your wood floors –

·       giving it a more natural finish.

·       It will also protect the floor surface as it seals and nourishes the wood simultaneously.

·       If properly maintained it will stay attractive for a very long time.

Attractiveness and ageing

With us humans ageing is very personal. No two of us go through the same exact experiences or have exactly the same natural make-up.  As it is with humans, so it is with wooden floors. Scratches on oiled floors can add character and the beauty of age. Whilst scratches on a lacquered floor are simply not regarded as pretty. One other thing about an oiled wood floor is that you can top up the oil as you go with patch repairs that seamlessly blend it in with the rest of the floor. On a lacquer floor, when a repair is needed, the only good option is a full re-sand and reseal.

Lacquer or oil?

Both will give you the same result; ‘a beautiful floor’. If you like the highly polished look of a shiny floor – lacquer is better option. If you like more natural look then oil is the better solution. Both require some maintenance as does everything in life. But the maintenance is simple easy and inexpensive, and it does prolong the life of your floor.

There is no right or wrong here, as with maintaining the attractiveness of your body it’s all about personal preferences.

Note from the author

Thank you for reading this article. If you read this far it means that you care about your floor and that is probably more than many do. I am just sharing my knowledge here and giving my personal opinion. I have recently been through a lot of heath issues and I found writing this article very therapeutic. I hope it was also helpful to you. Thank you.

  • Looking after your oiled floors
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Looking after your oiled floors

Looking after your oiled floors

Looking after your oiled floors is as easy as it gets. Magic Oil is used for both domestic and commercial environment. It can withstand a lot of heavy traffic and use, but as everything, it also requires some maintenance.

Why oil in the first place?

  • It reveals the natural beauty of your floor & brings the grains up and makes your floor look more natural
  • It also seals the floor & protects it from spills and stains
  • Scratches on oiled floors add character while on lacquer it makes the floor look ugly
  • Damaged oil floor can be patch repaired while lacquered has to be fully sanded off and redone

How to look after your oiled floor?

  • There is no bulletproof finish. Any spills or stains should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Even bulletproof vests are not 100% bullet proof.
  • You should clean your floors with neutral floor cleaner regularly. Just follow the manufacture recommendation from data sheets.
  • Periodically, you can use magic oil care, which will give a thin film finish, which will protect your floor an extra bit. Please note again, that spills should be cleaned ASAP anyway.
    • How often should I use magic oil care? It depends on traffic and daily/weekly usage and maintenance. Areas like kitchen probably will need more attention then bedroom.

How do I clean my oiled floor?

  • First, remove the dry soil. Either by vacuuming or sweeping.
  • We recommend that you use flat, microfibre, good quality mop.
  • Spray some diluted product on the floor and then mop it, leaving the floor to dry.
    • Drying times should not take longer then 10 minutes.

Is lacquer better then oil?

  • In the long run – no. It may give you slightly better protection, but when worn, it requires full restoration and it doesn’t look pretty when it wears, while oiled floors when scratched, add character. This is at least my personal opinion. I believe there is no universal beauty, maybe except rainbow 🙂.
  • If you want your floor shiny then you choose the type of finish on lacquered floors from matt to gloss. Oil will give you velvety sheen. The wood is not a shiny material in nature.
  • Oil is not a solution for every type of wood. Bamboo or Ipe Lapacho timbers simply cannot take oil.

What about health factor?

  • Magic oil care is the healthiest, most natural product on the market. The only healthier finish is no finish. As much as I love bare, freshly sanded wood, it will not last 5 minutes.

Summary

As a proof that it is about maintenance I will give you example of my kitchen work top. You have to trust me on this one or you can visit and see it for yourself.

  • A lot of carrot juice is made with my juicer which is placed on the work top
  • I am cutting, cooking, etc on it or next to it and around it
  • Being very eco freak, the only thing I use is vegetable cooking oil to keep it looking good
  • There is not a single stain on it, up to date 20/12/2017
  • I simply look after it!

 

I hope this gives you all information you need to look after your floor. If you have any other concerns please do not hesitate to ask the question. Just send us an email info@silverliningfloorcare.co.uk. We may not know the answer, but we are very keen on educating our selves all the time.

You also might find this articles valuable.

 

If you are still concerned – we are Parkettprofi approved contractors and will provide you with 2 year manufacture warrenty on the finish of your floor.

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Basics of cleaning everything

Basics of Cleaning

  • Chemicals
  • Heat
  • Agitation
  • Time

CHAT – these are the 4 basics when it comes to cleaning everything. Whether it is dishes, floor, or your skin. It is all about balance, like everything in life.

Chemical

At Silver Lining Floor Care we are try to stay as eco friendly as possible, following ‘Zero Waste’ idea, we try to minimise on chemical input. Chemicals have no benefits when it comes to health, and our ultimate goal is to protect your health and those you love. At the same time we try to do as much thorough cleaning as possible when it comes to your floors as this will directly benefit your health. That is why we use….

Heat

As we minimise our chemical input we increase on heat for water used for cleaning to allow better penetration. With higher temperature water tension changes which allows water to penetrate surfaces that are being cleaned. To achieve this while cleaning your carpets, we have truck-mounted machine to increase the heat of our water to maximum instead depending on your water tap. Depending on the fibre we will make sure it is safe to use. Water is the most common solvent, and is actually very powerful, yet many people forgot about it and add sometimes unnecessary chemicals.

Time

Since our chemical input is low, our heat is high, how about time? Instead of working with a strong chemistry, while decreasing on its power, we shall just give it a bit more time. If you are to wash your dirty frying pan, you often leave it in the sink overnight so it dissolves in most common solvent mixed with cleaning product. Dish washing chemicals are usually very strong, sometimes too strong to safely use on wool carpets. Either we leave the pre-sprayed weak chemicals or we just dedicate more time for cleaning.

Agitation

This is a mechanical part of the job. Either it is a sponge when it comes to dishes or your skin. We use different types of brushes, pads for our rotary machine. We have carpet brush for agitating the prespray for carpet cleaning, diamond brushes at different grids when it comes to stone and hard floor to agitate the cleaning solution. For wood we use different grids of sanding paper to achieve desired effect.

CHAT – basics of cleaning – summary

You could wash your oily, dirty frying pan with slowly running cold water but it would just take forever and probably wasted a lot of water. You could also use some chemicals, increase temperature, leave it to sink in the warm water with some cleaning products and use the sponge to clean and rinse at the end. As I said at the beginning….

It is always about finding the right balance in these four. Very often a good chemical can be water only. It is healthier and we may spend a bit more time during agitation and boost up the heat to achieve very same results as with high chemical input in order to save on time, often with less agitation. The ‘high chemical’ methods are not necceserly great for your health, your family’s health, for technician’s health and for health of our planet.

Can you put a price tag on your health? Probably not. Can you put a price tag on time? Probably yes. This maybe one of the reasons why some cleaning firms maybe more expensive then others. Some will use strong chemistry in order to save time.  We’d rather spend a bit more time and value the biggest value witch is our health. Price and value are very different aspects. It all depends on priorities.

The best way to minimise the chemical use is a good maintenance.

  • Maintenance cleaning vs deep cleaning
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Maintenance cleaning vs deep cleaning

Maintenance cleaning – what are the benefits?

Maintenance cleaning  – the real cost. What is cheaper, better for you and your family, and our planet? And most of all, what is better for your health and can you actually put a price tag on your health? I will try to answer those questions for you and I shall try to keep it short and simple.

Everything requires maintenance

Probably everything that you ever bought and own will require some maintenance. Not only material items, but also most important things in life like relationships, friendship & family.  If you look after them and maintain them well, as a result, it should bring joy to your life. Therefore having less stress and headache, giving you more free time to spend with friends & family and loved once. Healthy, happy,  stress-free life, isn’t it the ultimate goal to all of us?

Maintenance cleaning of your floor

How often do you clean your teeth? Do you wait until they get dirty and then give them a deep clean? Probably not. Because at this point cleaning may not be an option anymore. More likely you clean them every day in order to keep them in good condition. As a result you have less stress going to the dentist, therefore it should result again with happier and healthier life.

Same applies to your floor. If it’s carpet, wood or stone. Floor acts like a air filter. You change the filter in your car every year, don’t you? It traps small particles from the air and as a result creates cleaner environment for you. It seems like it would be better to keep it clean rather then clean it after it gets dirty and clogged and doesn’t do such a great filtering job any more.

The real cost of the maintenance?

There are two types of costs. Direct and indirect cost. Direct cost is the money that you may need to pay and indirect cost is your health, health of our planet and consequently health of everyone around you. Keeping your floor nice and clean may cost you directly a bit more rather then having it done once a decade. Maybe we should prioritise things differently? Estimate the value of our own health, health of our planet and what we will leave behind for our children as a result. Can you really afford to ignore all of these? When you maintain your “stuff”, as a result it will give you more pleasure, better health, it  will last longer.

There is so much to write about, but probably I should leave it for another topic to keep it nice and simple.

Benefits of maintenance cleaning for you

  • your floor is constantly kept clean and fresh
  • clean floors keep the air cleaner
  • healthier environment for you and your family
  • one less thing on your head to worry about
  • you get to know us better each visit – we are building the relationship
  • easy to manage monthly fee – no need to suddenly spend much in one go
  • prevention is always better and cheaper then solution

Benefits for our planet

  • with good maintenance, much less water is wasted
  • less chemicals used or non at all
  • it keeps the air quality better which creates healthier environment for life in general

Benefits for us

  • much less stress to worry about regular income
  • with less stress we can focus more on providing great service (there is always space for improvements)
  • with regular income we can plan better and grow slowly with solid base
  • we can invest in what I think is most important in life – education
  • we get to know you and your place better and your needs with each visit

To summarise, by helping yourself you are also saving the planet and helping us. Do you find value in maintenance? 1000 miles journey starts with first step, make yours now and get in touch so we can work out a good plan designed specifically to your needs.

  • Teak floor sanding
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Teak floor sanding

Teak floor sanding job in London

Where does it come from and what is the use of it?

Teak floor sanding – getting some information is great place to start. Little about teak wood first.  Teak is a tropical hard wood with very distinct fragrant compared to other timbers. Although, it is very dangerous to work with as dust from sanding may cause heart attack. If your heart is not in the great condition. Due to this fact masks are advisable for those with weak hearts.

Durability and water resistant is the biggest value of this timber so it is used for boat building, outside construction, outdoor furniture and of course floor coverings. East and south east Asia create great environment for teak forest, so these are native regions for this timber, mainly India. Teak trees grow up to 40m high. Heartwood is much darker then sapwood so it can give us big variations on colour.

kanimara teak tree

This is the largest leaving Teak tree which is 47m in height.

Plan vs reality

When we are sending the floor we never know how easy is to remove old finish. In this particular case, it turned out that it was not easy at all. We were using diamond blades to remove old finish and it still left melted residue on the floor., so we had go over with diamond blades once more.

Great result for teak floor sanding in London

The job was incredibly challenging, but at the end, we managed to make this teak parquet floor looking better then customer expected. It is very rewarding to the client and to us to see how we can help you to get your floors looking often better then new with fraction of the cost.

We started this teak floor sanding with this

IMG_7425

and finishing with magic oil we made it look like this.

Teak floor sanding Teak floor sanding after

If would like to book free consultation how we can make your floors looking great get in touch now.

  • Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding
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Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding

Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding in London

Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding job in London – Ipe is exotic wood from South America. It is one of the hardest wood on our planet. Therefore, Ipe lapacho wood floor sanding is almost impossible to get absolutely perfect. Maybe thanks to our state of the art equipment or Wojtek :), we have managed to sand it to scratch free and beautiful finish, so client can be over the moon with the result.

Ipe lapacho wood floor sanding is challenging not only because of its hardness. In addition, it may also react oddly with different types of finishes, especially water based. Therefore, in ideal world you supposed to only use with solvent rather then water based lacquer. Those lacquers are horrible for health of the person while applying it and furthermore, it also has irritating smell even for up to two weeks after work is completed. As a result, when using solvent based lacquers, you should always notify the neighbours about the smell and risks involved. Obviously follow health and safety regulation and common sense while using those products and always read the label and contact manufacture if needed

Primer for Ipe Lapacho floor

Ipe is so hard that water has difficulty to penetrate it. Due to that fact, if water based primers are used, it may probably not bring all the colours and it will likely end up with dull and boring finish. Hence, the only option is solvent based primer. It is much more difficult to apply rather then water base and requires 2 coats of primer. End product looks amazing and as a result, you will avoid problems with chemical reaction . Picture shows difference between freshly sanded floor and with the primer applied.

Lacquers for Ipe Lapacho

As much as solvent based lacquers should be used, yet we took a chance with water based. There is a risk of pigments reacting with water based the lacquer, so test must be carried prior application. While testing one area of the floor, this will not guarantee for the finish to fix properly elsewhere. It is important to clarify this with the client and both sides, client and contractor must agree to take that risk.

Luckily we achieved amazing results with water based, 2 component lacquer and giving the floor the protection it needs over the years of use. By the reaction of the client, it seems that the choice of this finish was rather better then solvent based.

So, if you like what you see and would like to have your wooden floors restored, do not hesitate to get in touch for free, no obligation consultation.

Give us a call on 0208 166 5947.

 

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  • sanded and oiled pine floor
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Floor sanding – pine floor sanding

Pine floor sanding in London

Pine floor sanding – one of our good clients made the enquiry about sanding floors in dining room and hallway. Main reason was that the room was cold and draughty. Loosing the warm air through the gaps in the floor boards. Therefore,  main task was to fill the gaps, so warm air does not escape the room. Some of the gaps were larger, so we use silicon filler in areas.

Pine floor sanding video

Pine floor sanding and oiling

In order to use oil on the floors, you have to fill all the gaps anyway.  This is major reason for the job, so it makes a lot of sense to go ahead with the project.

pine floor sanding

After filling the gaps with the sawdust from this very pine floor, we can sand, reinspect and oil it. Pine timber is a soft wood, used as the subfloor in most houses. Instead of covering it with other types of flooring, why not have a think and make the most out of what is already there. Think about pine floor sanding and refinishing. Oil will expose the grains of wood, add to it beautiful honey colour and allows the wood to breather natural, unlike like topical finishes like lacquer or varnish.

 

floor sanding and oiling…and yet again, Wojtek is enjoying himself applying the magic oil to the sanded floor. This is gratifying moment as you can finally see the end of the job and amazing result after floor sanding.

Then second layer of the oil is applied and buffed with our amazing buffing machine and 4h laters is ready to be walked on. 12h later oil is fully cured, not like lacquers which take 12h between coats and up to 7 days to be fully cured.

 

Floor sanding results

floor sanding - end product

Pine floor sanded and oiled

pine floor sanding results

Floor sanded, oiled and buffed.

floor sanding and oiling results

Great finish and another happy customer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why would you replace your floors, while you can have them looking brand new in no time.

So if you like what you see, give us a call for free quote and consultation 0208 166 5947

Read more about our floor sanding service.

 

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