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Q - Can I change the colour of my floor?
A - Yes. Staining a floor a different colour is possible. After the floor has been sanded the floor can be stained a darker colour. We use a number of water based stains and have a wide variety of shades to choose from.

Q - My floor has black paint around the edges!
A - Many properties have this black tar like substance around the edge. All is removed during the sanding process using a coarse grit abrasive.

Q - How long will my room be out of action?
A - A room that measures 20 sq meters will take a day for sanding and finishing.
Drying time of the finish itself depends of two things: environment of the room humidity, temperature etc. (in warm and ventilated room, the floor finish will dry faster)
and the type of the finish Lacquer base finishes can get dry for 2-6 hours; Oil based finishes can take 24 hours to get dry. Try not to move furniture back in the room for 48 hours allowing the floor to cure properly.

Q - My Floor has gaps between the boards!
A - We can fill the gaps using clean fine sawdust from your floor, which we mix with a Lecol filler. If gaps are wider than 7mmm we may use re-claimed splinters of wood to wedge into the gaps, then sand down to level.

Q - How should I maintain my floor?
A - Maintenance of wooden flooring is easy. New technology in lacquers and finishes means that it takes little more than sweeping or vacuuming with the occasional use of a professional wood floor cleaning product. Place a good quality doormat to help protect the floor from grit, dirt and sand.

Q - What are the benefits of wooden flooring?
A - Wooden floors are both renewable and recyclable. Bacteria, dust and dirt do not embed themselves in wooden flooring, unlike other flooring options. Millions of people suffer from sensitivity to dust and toxins. Tests have proven that wooden flooring provides a healthier environment for these allergy sufferers.

Q - Is it really dust free?
A - All our machines are virtually dust free. The only dust discharge is 2 mg per cubic meter.

Q - Is it noisy?
A - Yes, it is quite noisey, particularly on the first day. When all machines are working you may want to go out for the day, or arrange for someone to look after young children.

Q - Should I decorate my room first, or have the floors sanded first?
A - Decorate first and carry out any plumbing or electrical work prior to having your floor sanded.

Q - Lacquer (Varnish) and Oil (Hard Wax Oil), what is the difference?
A - A lacquered flooring will give a shiny reflective effect leaving the room feeling fresh and clean. Being lacquered makes it a harder wearing floor and a great way to make a room feel larger. An oiled flooring has an aged feel to it giving a room an authentic warm atmosphere. Great for areas that have high traffic volumes such as receptions. An oiled floor will require a maintenance coat to be applied every 16 - 24 months for residential or 4 - 6 month for floors with commercial use.