Definitely before! It’s easier to wipe a small amount of dust off new wallpaper than it is to remove gloss paint from a newly-varnished floor. We would suggest that the only thing you leave until after the sanding is completed is a final coat of paint on your skirting boards. This is in the event our sanding machines slightly scuff the paintwork. Of course you should mask the floor carefully to avoid any paint spots.
Although every care is taken while work is being carried out accidents can happen. We are only human after all. You may need to touch up a few places once we have gone.
For example skirting boards may have a few scratches from machines, a bit of stain if a colour was applied or a mark on the wall.
Its recommended after decorating to keep a little jar of paint used for touch up's if ever needed.
It takes 72hrs for the lacquer to fully cure and is not recommended to put furniture back before this time.
It all depends on what wood your floor is made from, in their natural form hardwoods like oak, mahogany and maple tend to be darker and softwood pine can vary from a pale honey colour to a dark, golden brown. However most woods can be stained, waxed or oiled to be whatever colour you’d like them to be.
Each floor finish has its particular strengths and weaknesses but for a home environment with average levels of foot traffic there is little to choose between them. Wear and tear on a commercially-used wooden floor such as in a restaurant or museum is far greater and therefore much heavier-duty products will need to be used.
If you chose wax or varnish finishes for your home they will require care and periodic re-coating. The protective barriers created by any floor finish will eventually wear through and a new coat will need to be applied prior to this occurring. If it does wear through to the bare wood dust and dirt will quickly be trodden in to the wood grain. To remove this dirt the whole floor will have to be sanded again as local repairs are almost impossible to carry out invisibly.
Oiled floors on the other hand, do not create a protective barrier above the wood but instead the wood absorbs the oil meaning it can repel liquid and dirt. The key benefit of an oiled floor is that local repairs can be carried out to damaged areas as they will readily blend into the rest of the floor. Re-oiling needs to be carried out far more frequently than varnishing; on average about every 18 to 36 months.
The general rule is the more foot traffic the greater the wear. In an average family home of two adults, two children maybe a medium sized dog, it will be the hallways which will receive most traffic in the house. Without a quality entrance mat and with very minimal maintenance and cleaning you could expect the floor to last no longer than 4-5 years with a medium-high traffic lacquer. With regular cleaning and sensible precautions like felt pads on chair legs and furniture coasters under sofas, your floor will last much longer. A commercial based (very high) traffic lacquer would also be more hard wearing