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The Truths about Wood Finishes

By On November 28, 2015 No Comments

The wood floor restoration provision allows us the incredible capability to create distinctive wood finishes once we have completed the floor sanding process. This is a unique service that we provide and we endeavour to discuss all available options with you prior to completing the work.

Wood Finishes LancashireMany clients are not aware of the wood finishes that are available and may want to see some different examples to ensure they are confident in their selection.

For this reason we will complete test areas so that they can be seen in the correct lighting and with the existing décor.

The sanding trade has advanced dramatically over the last decade. This takes into account advances in products as well as the machinery that is available to offer a virtually dust free provision.

What are the truths you need to know?

  • Different finishes provide an individual and unique appearance. There is an extensive range of products available so it is well worth investing time to select one that is best-suited to your requirements
  • It is important to consider usage of the space that you are re-finishing. Varying finishes offer different levels of durability, absorption and sheen. An example of this is that a wood lacquer will intensify the natural wood grain and colourations and produces a surface that is difficult to scratch. This is therefore suitable for an area with higher foot traffic.
  • The third truth is the acceptance that the process of floor sanding is pivotal. The wood boards need to be entirely stripped prior to any re-coating. This bare and smooth surfaces will allow a product to be applied and will result in a seamlessly even result.
  • Another truth is the explanation as to why a wood finish is applied. There are two main reasons why a finish is pivotal and these include protection against wear, damage and moisture and the enhancement of the natural beauty of the wood colour.

If you would like to arrange a quotation at a time convenient for you please contact us today on 0800 852 7188.

Pine Floor Restoration Liverpool

By On May 26, 2015 No Comments

Different wood finishes allow individuality and uniqueness that is tailored towards the décor of any property. The process of picking a wood finish can be both challenging and rewarding and being well-informed will make sure that you are furnished with the necessary information to make the right decision for you.

Pine flooring is a diverse and stylish wood floor alternative; this pine floor in Liverpool needed fully sanding and finishing.

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Our client wanted a white-washed floor for their bedroom and they were open to our advice with regards to which wood products would produce the right look. It was decided that once the wood boards had been sanded that a white wash would be applied. We used a water based wash and then applied lacquer.

Did you know? A wood lacquer product works to intensify wood grain and colour and produces a finish that is difficult to scratch.

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Our customers felt as though it had brightened up the room and provided a fresh space that had changed so much.

Top Tips for White-Washed Floors:

  • A successful floor sanding process is pivotal; the wood needs to be stripped of any previous coating and an even, smooth and bare surface exposed so that the wash can effectively stain the wood
  • Always work with the wood grain when applying the white wash as this will avoid the end result looking streaky

If you have a tired-looking wooden floor it is well worth contemplating this finish. It is becoming increasingly popular and the series of images lead you through the process from start to finish.

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We are happy to discuss all elements of wood restoration with you; if you would like to arrange a survey please call 0800 852 7188 today. Our blog also contains other images and detail that you may find insightful.

Wood Floor Restoration Southport

By On March 20, 2015 No Comments

There are clear best practices to completing the provision of wood floor sanding. These carefully and skilfully work to restore wooden floors to their originally-laid lustre.

Wood floors are well-suited to both traditional and contemporary buildings and offer elegance and style. No two are the same so each creates a unique statement.

This was certainly the case with this floor restoration job that we completed in Southport. Our clients wanted to achieve a modern, natural look that was both durable and hard-wearing. White wood finishes on floors, furniture and other surfaces have become incredibly popular in recent times.

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On discussion with our client, it was decided that a white wood oil would be the best alternative. This variation is primarily for interior use. It provides an all-round solution that is straight-forward to apply and can be tailored to provide a bespoke wood finish.

Wood Finishes LancashireWood Finishes Southport A wood oil is best applied thinly and then worked into the surface grain of the wood boards. Almost all of the product should absorb into the wood and the residual amount should remain on the surface.

It is vital at this point to apply the correct amount of oil so that streaks, unevenness and long drying periods can be avoided.

Once the above process has been completed we then finished the surface with a clear oil to offer better protection against scratches, wear and other possible damage. This stage only went onto boost the appearance and helped the natural wood grain to subtly shine through.

Our client was very impressed with the finish that we achieved and was grateful for our professional approach in supporting the process of finish selection.

If you would like to find out more about wood oils and other wood finishes please call 1 Stop Floor Care on 0800 852 7188 today.

Blue Wood Stain Lancashire

By On February 22, 2015 No Comments

Part of providing an exceptional service to our clients is offering advice on wood finishes. A wood finish offers a tailored design to a wood floor restoration project. It is important to find a finish that is well-suited to the intended use of the wood floor and the aesthetic look that any client is looking to achieve.

Wood Finishes PrestonWe were invited to fully sand this pine floor in Lancashire. When we arrived at the property the floor had suffered both wear and tear and discolouration through years of use. It was very dark in appearance and aged the look of the room dramatically.

Our clients wanted us to fully sand the wooden floors and then they wanted a blue wood stain to be applied. Wood stain offers a range of benefits which satisfy both aesthetic and practical elements. Wood stains offer a barrier to the surface of wooden flooring and offers resistance against liquid spillages.

Floor Sander PrestonAnother incredible benefit of stains is that they offer protection against discolouration from sunlight. This is important when looking for a long-lasting finish for any home or business.

Wood stain is a great way to colour your wood as there are great variations allowing individuality and creative design. Grain and texture shine through the stain, allowing you to obtain a natural feel whilst creating a unique statement.

This was certainly the case for this job as the end result that our clients were looking to achieve was a vibrant blue colour. Exceptional care was taken to ensure a seamlessly finished floor and to protect all surrounding fixtures and fittings. The clean lines between the kitchen and the floor pay testament to the care that was taken.

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If you would like to enquire about different wood stains that are available or would like us to complete a survey on your wooden floor please call our helpful staff on 0800 852 7188. We will support the process towards achieving a skilfully restored floor.

Wood Floor Facts Lancashire

By On January 29, 2015 1 Comment

These images show an oak floor that we restored in Burnley. The first image shows the discoloured state of the floor when we arrived. The second image shows the floor sanded back to its natural state and the third image shows the beautiful grain that was revealed with the finish that was applied.

Oak Floor BurnleyOur client felt as though we had left them with a lot of information that benefited them so we thought it appropriate to select some detail that may help you.

What is a wood finish?

Wood finishes are laid as a top coat that offers protection from wear and tear. A finish is a way to offer an individual touch to your wood floor restoration project. There is a huge variety of finishes available and it is part of our superior service to offer information and advice that allows the creation of the best result.

Why are wood finishes applied?

There are two main reasons as to why a wood finish is applied to any wood floor; these include protection from wear, damage and moisture and to enhance the natural beauty and colour of the floor.

Floor Sander BurnleyWhat benefits do wood floors offer?

A wooden floor is timeless in its appeal. Wood floors offer an alternative that is warmer underfoot that a stone floor and have a reputation steeped in history. As they are a natural product, every floor offers a unique look and textures that improves with age. It is also a flooring alternative that is well-suited to under floor heating systems.

Do wood floors expand and contract?

It is a well-accepted fact that some types of wood react more than others. A solid wood floor will be more reactive to temperature and humidity changes than their engineered wood counterparts. A wood floor will expand and contract with the changing seasons and this is completely normal. If it appears that your floor is experiencing changes out of the range to which is acceptable it may be that you require further advice as to whether there is a moisture problem that may need further investigation.

Floor Sanding BurnleyWood Floor Quick Tips:

– Do not wet mop your wooden floor

– Put felt pads under any furniture to prevent damage

– Follow recommended advice with regards to routine maintenance and cleaning

– If your wood floors are damaged; don’t panic. We offer comprehensive services to repair and restore wood floors.

If you would like more information about restoring wood floors please feel free to contact us on 01257 270775.

Sanding Pine Preston

By On November 27, 2014 No Comments

Pine wood has a variety of uses and one of the most popular of these is pine flooring. It is a high-quality alternative characterised by its fine, straight and even grain pattern. Any knots in pine are tight and small which gives it a rustic wood finish.

As a wood floor it is durable and attractive in its appearance. When stripped back it is pale in colour, easy to cut and shape, and machines relatively well. This means that any pine restoration project can provide brilliant results.

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We were approached to fully restore this pine floor in Preston. The finish of the floor, when we arrived, had lost its original lustre. It had become sun damaged over time and the discolouration left it looking unattractive and unappealing.

Rather than sanding the floor, the previous owner had then covered the wooden floor with carpet. The new owner moved into this house and during a larger restoration project revealed the wooden floor boards.

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This client was particularly interested in the sanding process and what was involved. They had a real appreciation of the demanding process required. They knew the look that the wanted to achieve but they were not aware of the wood finishes that would provide that result.

Sanding Pine LancashireThe images show the end product that was achieved through this pine restoration project. The floor was almost unrecognisable and the new finish showed the natural grain and beauty.

Something that really makes wood floors popular is their ability to be unique and individual. They confidently compliment the look of any room and exude quality.

If you are contemplating restoring pine floors in your home please contact us on 01257 270775. Our friendly staff work to assist you through the process so that you are offered instant assurance that you are dealing with a company that will work to exceed your expectations.

Commercial Wood Floor Restoration Barrow-in-Furness

By On September 16, 2014 No Comments

We were invited to restore this incredible wood floor at the Forum in Barrow-in-Furness and are incredibly proud to showcase the transformation that was achieved for this stunning space.

We were required to sand and seal 475m² of tropical hardwood block floors to the Rydal and Grasmere rooms at the Forum theatre and conference centre in Barrow-in-Furness. We are well-equipped to deal with jobs of this size and ensure to work around prior business commitments where possible.

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The customer was considering recovering the wooden flooring with vinyl to hide the dated, dark glossy finish that had resulted from years of usage. In order for us to change the appearance of the floor, it was sanded using our dust free floor sanding system that offers a virtually dust free sanding process. This revolutionary system is incredibly popular with superior results achieved consistently.

Initially, we then coated the wood floor with a tinted primer designed to lighten the wood, leaving it with a more natural looking finish. Following this the floor was finished with three coats of hard wearing commercial matt lacquer that gave the floor an enhanced durable finish that will last for years to come.

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A member of staff who has worked at the Forum for over 20 years claimed she had never seen the floor looking as good as it does now and we feel confident that you will agree on viewing the images of the striking floor, once restored.

Our client commented: “Our refurbishment of the Rydal and Grasmere rooms are complete. The floor looks amazing. Completed by the extremely hard working, 1 Stop Floor Care.”

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Wood floor restoration not only offers an aesthetic improvement but it also provides a durable and hard-wearing wood finish. First impressions of any business are paramount; if you have any questions about restoring wood floors please contact us on 01257 270775 and we will be happy to help.

We specialise in both domestic and commercial floor sanding.

Stain Lacquer Wood Finish Ormskirk

By On August 21, 2014 No Comments

Wood FInishes LancashireThere are many different wood finishes available and the important thing to remember is that there is a reason for different types of finishes. They all have their place and work well in specific applications.

This is where our time-served experience is pivotal to the overall success of our wood floor sanding work.

Wood Finishes OrmskirkWe were approached to restore this wooden flooring in Ormskirk. We spent a lot of time discussing finishes and this allowed us to offer the advice that a stain lacquer would be the most appropriate wood finish for this particular job.

It is undeniable that wood floors are an incredibly attractive and functional flooring choice. The natural grain in wood is intrinsically striking. Floor finishes deteriorate over time and this means that they can start to look unattractive and discoloured. Heat variations and direct sunlight over a long period of time are harmful as the UV rays cause fading and discolouration.

To re-finish a wood floor it is important to restore it with dust free floor sanding. This process strips back the top layer and aged finish and prepares it for the selected new finish. The images show the end result that boasts the best-achievable natural look. Our client was really pleased as their restored floor complimented their newly renovated home.

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Pine floors are an ideal choice for many reasons and they suit both modern and traditional settings. They are durable and hard-wearing and ooze character. If you would like 1 Stop Floor Care to sand and restore your pine flooring we invite you to call on 01257 270775 for more information.

Pine Floor Wood Finishes Formby

By On June 20, 2014 No Comments

Through our time restoring wood flooring, we have identified that people often live with tired and worn-looking wood floors unnecessarily. This may be due to the misconception that employing a wood floor restoration specialist will be extremely costly or the fact that they are unaware of the services that are readily available.

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This was certainly the case with this job; we were invited to quote for a full restoration of this pine floor in Formby. The initial images show clearly the state of the floor when we arrived. Our client was unaware of their choices in wood finishes as well as timescales of the work.

Firstly, it is important that we answer enquiries quickly and comprehensively. We look to start the process as we mean to go on and offer an honest approach from the point of enquiry through to completion of the work and beyond.

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Secondly, we look to offer all relevant information and detail about the job so that our customers feel that they are making a well-informed decision. Our client was tired of their dark wood floor and wanted to brighten up the room.

We spoke to them about all of our wood finish variations and they made the decision that they wanted a varnished finish to their pine flooring. They did, in fact, want to achieve a high-shine varnished finish to bring a crisp and clean feel to their striking room, filled with impressive features.

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The boards were fully sanded with our belt sander; the dark colouration was no more! We then used our edging tools to reach right up to the skirting boards and fireplace, offering a seamlessly finished room. This prepared the floor for the application of the varnish.

We hope that you agree that the finished look was nothing short of an impressive transformation. If you would like to enquire about our floor sanding services please call on 01257 270775.

Oak Wood Finishes Preston

By On May 25, 2014 No Comments

The images that we take to put on our floor sanding blog really do tell the story of the work that we complete throughout Lancashire and the surrounding areas. Oak is an incredible natural wood flooring and is used in a huge variety of homes and businesses.

The below images show evidence of oak flooring that we restored in Preston. We have previously worked for this customer and they were so pleased with the floor restoration results that we achieved that they invited us back to quote to restore their beautiful oak floor.

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The images start with how the wood floor looked prior to starting the restoration process. Over time wood finishes can start to age and discolour; this can sometimes make natural wood flooring appear dated. This was the case with this project and the floor had suffered from inevitable wear-and-tear through years of usage in this busy family home.

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This striking and classic home boasts some really stylish design elements and the owners felt as though the oak wood flooring had started to detract from this. We wanted to reinstate their floor so that they could, once again, feel proud of it.

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The images show the continuation through the project; they also provide evidence of our professional approach to our work. We are perfectionists and work to treat your home or business with respect. A large majority of our clients comment on how impressed they are with our care for preparation and protection of their homes.

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It was decided that we would use a natural-looking wood finish to complete the job. This video shows this process as it was completed. Our team are professionally trained and care deeply for providing the best-available service for dust free floor sanding.

If you have any questions about what services are available for sanding oak, please call us on 01257 270775 today. We are specialists at restoring wood flooring and would really appreciate the opportunity to provide you with a quotation.

Restoring Pine Floors Preston

By On April 26, 2014 No Comments

Pine flooring is considered a soft wood, however, this does not mean that it is not a durable flooring choice that if looked after correctly, can last a lifetime. It is a relatively low-cost type of wood and can be successfully restored.

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An advantage of a pine floor is that it is sometimes found as a subfloor in older properties. We were requested to provide a quotation for complete restoration of this pine flooring in Preston. We discussed our dust free floor sanding system and explained the repairs that we could complete to the damaged boards.

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The areas of this home to be restored were extensive. It was important that we used our valued experience to make sure that the job was completed to the best possible result achievable. This client wanted to achieve a dark, natural tone to the wood floor so we discussed the application of a black hard wax oil.

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This is a fascinating element of our work as individual tastes differ so much. It was also a great job to show case due to the immense improvement we were able to achieve. The wooden floor looked, to the untrained eye, that it was past its best and would likely need replacing. The images of the floor restoration process show the complete transformation.

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The end result of this job was a stunning and elegant-looking pine floor. The natural wood grain was clearly visible and the client was left feeling assured that their floor was well-protected and long-lasting.

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We do all we can to make sure that each and every client that enquires with 1 Stop Floor Care has the best possible level of experience. We approach every aspect of our business with respect and work hard to go the extra mile.

If you have an aged pine floor that you would like to have respectfully restored please call Ian on 01257 270775.

Wood Floor Restoration Southport

By On January 28, 2014 No Comments

Wood flooring is widely popular and multi-functional; it provides a stylish and practical floor covering and can really offset any area of your home. When restoring wood floors, it is so important that your chosen company has time-served experience.

Each wood floor is entirely different and requires a tailored approach in the way that the restoration project is managed from start to finish.

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We were asked to investigate this insurance refurbishment job which had gone wrong. Following a fire in this house, the insurers organised to have the wooden floor refurbished. It had been sanded, stained and lacquered, but the finished result was not up to the customers’ expectations.

As a result the previous contractor then over-coated the floor again; needless to say the owner was not pleased with the results and invited us to put it right.

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The floorboards were re-sanded to remove the old finish, stained and lacquered leaving a finished floor anyone would be proud of. The images showcase the process; having our floor restoration blog provides us with the incredible opportunity to show information and evidence of the work that we complete.

It also allows potential clients to find out about us and our drive to provide an unrivalled level of customer service and flooring finishes. Whether you are looking to restore your solid wood flooring, engineered wood or parquet flooring; we invite you to call to enquire about your options.

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We endeavour to spend time discussing the wood finishes that can be achieved in order to allow you to make an informed decision and therefore avoiding any dissatisfaction at the end result. We keep you well-informed throughout the process and offer assurance where possible.

Wood Finishes Blackburn

By On October 25, 2013 No Comments

We complete a large amount of our floor sanding work throughout Blackburn, Preston, Bolton, Wigan and Southport.

Wooden flooring is an incredibly popular floor covering; it is versatile and durable and can look incredible when first laid. Over time it is inevitable that your wood floor will start to look weathered and possibly damaged through regular use.

Floor sanding restores your beautiful wood floor to its originally laid condition. There are, however, options when employing a floor restoration specialist as to the type of wood finishes that you can choose.

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Some may feel that this is a daunting part of the process as there is often huge pressure felt on getting this decision correct. We feel that our time-served knowledge and experience allows us the benefit of worthy advice in this area. We enjoy spending time with you discussing your options so that you have the confidence to make an informed decision.

Whether you are looking for a coloured wood finish or an option of wood colours, we are here to help. Wood floor restoration is an amazing process which achieves incredible results.

If you would like to discuss wood finishing options with us please call on 01257 270775.