Hip Floor Solutions

Sanding and Sealing


The greatest asset of any wooden floor is its durability and with the knowledge and the correct procedures used, we can transform tired and worn wooden floors for a small proportion of the cost of replacing them.  We only use professional sanding equipment and reputable brands of sealing products, this will ensure that a quality overall final finish is achieved. 
Although we are not able to replicate a perfect factory finish on site, every effort is made to ensure that a professional acceptable finish is achieved.

The are many floor finishes on the market including solvent based polyurethanes, water based polyurethanes, hardwax oils, penetrating urethanes oils etc.  We will talk you through the different finishes available and ensure that the correct one is chosen to best accommodate the usage.  In some commercial and educational environments it will be necessary for the floor coating to comply to various slip resistance criteria.  We are able to seal timber floors with coatings which comply to EN14904, BS 7976.2 and DIN 51130.  We are able to supply all relevant MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for all products we use in public buildings should the client need to carry out risk assessments.

We can offer the following services:

Full sand and re-seal

This involves sanding the floor flat removing all existing floor coatings and wear and tear.  We will use the correct procedures and correct grade of sanding belts to ensure the floor is ready to accept the finishing seal.

We only use reputable brands of products, mainly Junckers Ltd, this way, should we ever have any issues we can rely on their backup.

Full sand, stain and seal

The same as above with the addition of applying a suitable stain to the timber and sealing the colour in with a suitable coating.  We carry swatches showing ranges of stains and seals.

Scrub & Seal

This is carried out when the floor coating is still intact but just needs reviving, the floor is thoroughly scrubbed using a buffing machine or scrubber drier, it is then lightly abraded to provide a physical key to accept the new coating.  We always say that this process will remove the majority of scuff marks and minor wear but will not remove heavy scratches, gouges and staining .  We carry out this surface mainly for school halls, community halls on a periodical basis as it is more cost effective than carrying out a full sand.

Gap filling

The 2 most common methods of gap filling are; first a solvent based resin that is mixed with the floors sawdust, this is simply mixed into a paste and applied into the gaps.  This filler dries fast and accepts both stain and the final sealing coat very well.  We generally use this where the gaps are up to 3mm.  Second for gaps larger than this we glue in timber fillets into the gaps, these can then be sanded flush with the boards and again accept a stain and final sealing coating well.

Floor repairs

In many cases it will be necessary to carry out some repairs before a floor can be sanded, this can range from fixing loose boards to joists to replacing damaged ones.  Where traditional floor boards such as pine need replacing, we will source reclaimed timber to keep in theme with the rest of the floor.

We are able to carry out most repairs, the most common being floorboard replacements both on square edged and tongue and grooved boards.  The other types being taking up and re-bonding wood block floors in various layouts such as basket weave and herringbone etc.

We also carry out what is known as “stave repairs” this can be done on floorboards where they are constructed of strips to form a floorboard.  The top 4mm of the floorboard is routed out allowing for a new stave to be bonded into place using a contact adhesive.  The most common manufacturer of this type of floor is Junckers , who are the largest European manufacturer of solid hardwood flooring. We have a long standing relationship with this company.  See images of this type of repair in the gallery section.