Yes! Basically any timber floor can be sanded and sealed or polished. There are a wide variety of timbers used as flooring in South Africa. Some need to be worked differently than others so it is important to seek professional advice before proceeding.
How long will it take to do my floor?
It depends on the size of the job. However, the average is 2 to 4 days. Once the final coat has been applied the floor should not be used for at least 8 hours. The floor is usually dry to touch within 1 to 3 hours dependent of sealer used, although the floor finish is still “curing” at this stage. As a rule, wait 8 hours after the application of the topcoat before walking into the room with bare feet. Wait 48 hours before moving in furniture. Don’t forget to put protective pads on the legs to avoid marks. Wait one week before you lay rugs.
Dirt, grit and sand walked inside can damage the surface of your new floor. It is recommended that mats should be placed at the external entrances and in any high traffic area such as in front of kitchen sinks and along hallways etc. Mats should not be laid on the floor for at least 1 week after completion of coatings.
Sweep or Vacuum
Regular sweeping or vacuuming will extend the life of your floors. An anti static dust mop is most effective, however you can use a soft bristle broom or vacuum cleaner. Take care if vacuuming as some vacuum cleaner heads and wheels can leave scratches.
Removing dirt and marks
Dust and grit can be removed with a vacuum cleaner, but your floor will need a thorough clean from time to time. When necessary, clean your floor with a moist cloth or mop. DO NOT over wet the mop as excessive water can damage the floor. In addition to cleaning with water, it may be necessary to use with a mild floor cleaner. Chemical additives can damage your floor.
Can I stay in the house during the work process?
Yes! As long as you have access to living areas without using the sanded section of the house. If this is not possible we strongly recommend you seek alternative accommodation during the drying period.
Does the work create much dust?
No! The dust is at the bare minimum. We are using the latest Dust Free equipment and they have their own built in vacuum systems. Conditions apply to some surfaces, feel free to ask here.
Can the varnish be bad for my health?
No! The products we use are non-toxic and safe for even the most chemically sensitive person. Provided that water based products are used.
If I have carpet on my floors do I need to remove it?
No, we can remove and dispose of the carpet when we begin work on your floor. Conditions apply, for more click here .
Will sanded floors make my house cold?
No! This is a popular urban myth. Tongue and groove flooring seals the floor from upward drafts, creating a touch warm environment.
Should I move my furniture prior to the work?
We strongly recommend you move all your own furniture. If not we can move it for you at an extra cost.
Should I have my floor done room by room or all at once?
All at once is preferable, as you can keep costs down by reducing our traveling expenses.
How much will it cost?
To get long lasting ever lasting service there is always a cost, but with us you start off with R125 per square meter upwards, it all depends on the condition of the surface. Some glues and products do cause extra costs, but always worth the investment. We offer free removal of carpets and disposal.
Is Bonatech Mega as durable as solvent based finishes?
Just like solvent based finishes, the wear-resistance of different waterborne finishes varies. It all depends on their composition. Bonatech Mega is a 100% polyurethane finish and is comparable to premium solvent based polyurethane finishes for wear.
Before work commences on your floors, it is advisable for all trade work to be completed.
Make sure that electricity and water are available for the floor sanders, as these are essential in order for the work to be carried out.
All floor coverings, furniture, fixtures and fittings should be removed from the area to be sanded. It is also advisable to remove all staples and tacks, as this will reduce the price of the job. The emptier the premises are the better.
All painting except for the final coat on the skirting boards should be completed. However careful the tradesmen are, there may be a need to touch up minor scuff marks on the paint work after the job has been completed.
Any items remaining on the premises should be covered to avoid the accumulation of dust. Any gas and electrical appliances in the immediate area to be sanded should be disconnected.
Ensure adequate lighting is supplied to the area to be sanded. Seal any vents, fireplaces and windows with masking tape or paper, as this will prevent dust from entering. Fold curtains into plastic garbage bags and seal them at the top.
Sanding the Floor
Generally the next step is to punch the nails down below the surface of the floorboards. Some older floors may need structural repairs and this can be discussed at the initial stages of the job.
The floor is then sanded with a coarse grade of sandpaper using specialized heavy weight drum sanding machines. This initial work levels the floorboard timber of any lips and also removes any previous coatings or stains.
The large drum sanding machines cannot reach close to the skirting boards and this area is sanded by a smaller “edging” machine.
Next we sand again with a medium grade paper, after which the whole surface is vacuumed and the nail holes filled with a wood filler colour matched as close as possible to your particular wood type.
Fine sanding begins after the filler is dry, and this phase removes any excess filler and smooths the floor surface in preparation for a final buff with a superfine paper which ensures the surface grain is closed and all traces of the previous coarse sandings are removed.
At this stage any staining or colour matching of new floorboards is done and finally the entire surface is vacuumed and readied to receive the finish coatings.
Polishing the Floor
The first coat of finish applied is a special “base” coat which seals the timber and prepares the floorboards to receive the final coats of Bonakemi Mega. This first base coat tends to raise the grain of the timber and this is cut back with a superfine buffing machine before the final two or three coats of Bonakemi Mega are applied. This is only applicable to water based products like Bonakemi Mega.
Because of the quick drying qualities of waterborne polyurethane the entire coating process can be completed in 1-2 days whereas solvent based finishes would require a day drying between each successive coat. You get back into your home sooner.
After We Finish
Waterborne coatings are usually dry within 8 hours, but will take up to one week to fully harden. However, fluctuations in temperatures throughout the year may cause variation in curing time.
You can walk on the floor with bare feet 8 hours after the final coat is applied.
Avoid wearing shoes or fluffy socks that may deposit fluff on the floor.
Light furnishings can be replaced after 2 days. Avoid dragging furniture over the floor as this may cause damage to the coatings while they are still curing.
Do not replace rugs for at least a week as they may leave a backing pattern on the floor.