NOW THAT YOUR FLOOR HAS BEEN INSTALLED...
Please try to protect your timber floor from future damage in the following ways:
✤ Prevent direct sunlight coming into direct contact with timber by covering windows
✤ Protect it from water in all ways (even the smallest amount of water in the right circumstances can cause a problem)
✤ Prevent mud from being tracked onto floorboards. As the mud dries, the moisture will be absorbed into the timber and may lead to timber expanding and causing further problems
✤ When spills occur, they must be cleaned correctly and immediately.
✤ Protect your timber floor from outside weather conditions by not keeping windows open during rain periods as this will cause the timber to absorb moisture and swell
✤ If house is to be sprayed for pests, protect the floor using painter tapes and drop sheets to prevent over spray from being absorbed deep into the grain of the timber
✤ If other trades are working over the top of newly installed timber floors they should show caution when dropping or dragging materials on or across floors.
✤ Floor sanding and coating should be booked after all other works are completed except for the final coat of paint to skirting and walls which should take place after the floors are polished. If paint work is completed prior to sanding and polishing it should be properly dry and cured before application of polyurethane to the floor. Edge sanders are designed to run around kitchen kickers and skirting boards therefore small touch ups may be expected in certain areas. During winter months and areas of poor ventilation drying of paintwork may be extended. Where paint is uncured it may be affected by the solvents in the polyurethane and lead to random staining of the paint. Where paint work has been completed, certain timber species' dust can be attracted and stain paint. For these reasons we recommend finishing the painting after sanding and polishing is completed and we will not be held responsible to paintwork in the ways previously mentioned.
✤ Carpets to be laid after floors are finished
✤ All gas and electrical appliances that are required to be moved should be done by qualified personnel only. Turn all pilot lights off.
✤ You may require alternative accommodation as freshly coated floors are not able to be walked on until at least the following day. Drying times vary depending on type of coating, the weather etc...
✤ It is your responsibility to ensure all furnishings unable to be moved are suitably covered, light fittings, curtains and other such items should be covered to prevent dust from entering.
NOW THAT YOUR FLOOR HAS BEEN SANDED AND POLISHED...
Please be careful with freshly coated floors as they can easily be damaged when freshly completed. Things you should be aware of:
✤ Our sanding machines are fitted with dust extraction and we will endeavor to collect as much dust as possible, however it is virtually impossible to eliminate all dust from a job. As such;
-There will always be some dust particles that settle on the newly finished surface
-There could be a small amount of dust throughout some areas of the house
-Some dust may be evident on freshly painted walls
✤ The removal of deep cuts, gouges and stains from the boards is sometimes impossible. Boards damaged by borer are not usually filled nor will they be as glossy as the rest of the floor.
✤ The Filling of the gaps between boards is not usually done because subsequent shrinkage and expansion in the timber will cause cracking in the filler and may lead to de-laminating of coating.
✤ Black Japan or stains previously applied to the outside of rooms may lead to a two tone affect.
✤ You are likely to get a variation in colour and grain between boards. As a timber is a natural product no two floors are the same, nor is any sample shown to you an exact replica of what to expect for your flooring, it is simply an indication. Timber will vary in colour and grain between species, batches and mills. The grading of the timber will bary from batch to batch & mill to mill
✤ Direct sunlight should be prevented from coming into contact with timber as it will lead to timber shrinkage and affect the colour of the coating
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