Frequently asked questions

Can my old wooden floors be sanded and polished?


Customers are often surprised how their old timber floor can be transformed into stylish, low maintenance and durable feature of their home. Even floors damaged by time, timber borers and previous bad renovations can be salvaged with some floorboard repairs, replacement and staining. Polished timber floors are often a cheaper and healthier option than carpet when considering your flooring options. Especially so if any of your family members suffer from Asthma and other allergies. Stripping off old floor coatings enables you to refinish the wooden floor, exposing the natural beauty of a timber floor.




Can gaps between wooden floorboards be filled?


It is NOT recommended to fill the gaps between wooden floorboards because natural shrinking and expansion in the timber will cause edge bonding once coated and ultimately cause cracking in the timber floor or filler. Floorboard gaps are required for expansion and contraction with seasonal temperature changes experienced throughout the year. Floorboard gaps will be more noticeable in Brisbane’s dry winters and close again in our humid summers.




Can I stay in the house while the floors are sanded?


In some cases yes. If you can live in the area not being sanded and can tolerate the noise and smell of a floor renovation for a few days, it will save you the inconvenience of moving out briefly. Some clients plan ahead and organise the floor sanding and polishing to be done whilst they are away on holiday.




Should I sand the timber floors before or after installing a new kitchen?


Sanding the wooden floor before the kitchen installation is advisable as a completely flat floor is preferred by the kitchen installers and it is best that our floor sanding equipment avoid sanding up to the new kickboard as the machinery can mark the cabinetry. For the best floor sanding results when installing a kitchen, it is preferable to sand and polish the wooden floor and apply some of the finishing coats before the kitchen is installed. Once the cabinetry is completely installed we can return, deal with any minor damage that may have been incurred during installation and then apply the final coat of timber floor finish.




Is wood flooring hyper-allergic


With regular maintenance wooden flooring does not harbour irritating dust and microorganisms. This provides a healthier environment for allergy sufferers.




Can you sand staircases?


I want my staircase to match my floors. Most staircases are no problem. We can sand all the old finish off and lacquer or Hard wax oil them, they will match beautifully with your floors.




How long will sanding and polishing take?


It depends on the type, size and how complicated the job is. The average time is up to 5 days for residential jobs.




How soon after the floor sanding process is completed can I walk on the floor?


You'll be able to walk on the floors 24 hours after the last coat is applied. We recommend removing shoes as the polyurethane does take 4 to 5 days to fully cure.




What about pets? Can they be left at the house?


As with yourself, we recommend taking pets with you while the work is being completed on your floors.




How much dust is involved when sanding my floors?


One of the most common misconceptions is that having your floors sanded can result in a house full of dust. This is not true. There will be some dust created, but it is also in our best interest to keep the dust minimal too as it can ruin the finish of the polyurethane coating. Our machines are fitted with vacuum systems and the floor is also vacuumed numerous times throughout the process and job, however, naturally there is still some airborne dust produced, which is minimal. We recommend covering or removing TV’s / stereo’s etc whilst we are sanding.