• Floor-Sanding-London
Written by Silver Lining Floor Care

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, the 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 the 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 are 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 are 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 topcoat? Topical means “current” but it may be 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 a 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 lacquered 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 a better option. If you like the more natural look then the 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. recently, I have been through a lot of health issues and I found writing this article very therapeutic. I hope it was also helpful to you. Thank you.

  • Teak floor sanding
Written by Silver Lining Floor Care

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 a great place to start. Little about teak wood first.  Teak is a tropical hardwood with very distinct fragrant compared to other timbers. Although, it is very dangerous to work with as dust from sanding may cause a heart attack. If your heart is not in 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 a great environment for the teak forest, so these are native regions for this timber, mainly India. Teak trees grow up to 40m high. Heartwood is much darker than 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 the old finish. In this particular case, it turned out that it was not easy at all. We were using diamond blades to remove the old finish and it still left melted residue on the floor, so we had gone 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 than new with a fraction of the cost.

We started this teak floor sanding with this

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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
Written by Silver Lining Floor Care

Ipe Lapacho Wood Floor Sanding

Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding in London

Ipe Lapacho wood floor sanding job in London – Ipe is an 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 a scratch-free and beautiful finish, so the 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 an ideal world, you supposed to only use with solvent rather than water-based lacquer. These lacquers are horrible for the 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 the dull and boring finish. Hence, the only option is a solvent-based primer. It is much more difficult to apply rather than a water-based and requires 2 coats of primer. The end product looks amazing and as a result, you will avoid problems with chemical reaction. The picture shows the 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 than 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
Written by Silver Lining Floor Care

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 the dining room and hallway. The main reason was that the room was cold and draughty. Losing the warm air through the gaps in the floorboards. Therefore, the 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 a 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 softwood, 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. The 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 a gratifying moment as you can finally see the end of the job and the amazing result after floor sanding.

Then the 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

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  • Oak floor sanding in London
Written by Silver Lining Floor Care

Oak Floor Sanding in London

Solid oak floor sanding

Solid oak floor sanding job in south London. 17 years old, worn out over the years with scratches and floor has faded to orange colour over the years. We compared it to a brand new piece from the attic and it looked nothing like what the floor looks like.

 

As seen floors are not in its best condition. Worn out by dining area, scratched due to furniture dragging and faded to yellow/orange look. We moved all the furniture out of the room to make the job easier. If you choose to oil the floor and have no space to move your furniture too, that’s ok. With this type of finish, we can do parts of the room on a different day and achieve a uniform finish.

All the floor are sanded, therefore, you can remove all the scratches from worn areas and fill all the gaps with sawdust from the floor and high-quality water-based gap filler and then finish with Magic Oil. 2 component oil which protects the wood from within and allows the wood to breathe naturally rather than lacquer finishes. We have left a very happy client with floors looking brand new at a fraction of the cost.

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Once the floor is ready you can apply the finish on top. Wojtek is really enjoying oiling as you are steps away from the end satisfying result. Once oiled and buffed, you only have to stay away for 4h before any foot traffic and it is fully cured within 12h.

 

….and there is fully restored oak floor.

Maintenance

The customer now uses maintenance product, based on the same oil and with good advice can look after the new floors. Consequently, every time she uses the product for cleaning, oil is being topped up. Therefore, on heavy traffic areas, it is advised to use it undiluted and mop it in.

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finished oak floor sanding

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