This account of an oak floor restoration project undertaken by the floor sanding experts at Rolin Cleaning Services Ltd in Kent is a very useful insight into the steps involved in sanding and restoring an oak floor. It also highlights the excellent communication that we pride ourselves on. Our years of floor sanding experience mean we are skilled at listening to our clients, so we can deliver the beautiful wood floor they desire.

Oak Floor Restoration Project – First Steps.

I started to use the Pallmann Spider, dust free floor sanding machine with 40 grit discs but I wasn’t getting very far at all – in fact, sanding just 1m2 took forever!! A few phone calls to the team revealed this oak floor had a Ceramic finish – something I hadn’t come across before and apparently not much is about.

On the next day, we managed to get the use of a Pallmann Cobra (Thanks Stuart! ), using 36 grit and it chomped its way through the whole floor in no time. I followed the Cobra with 40 grit sanding discs on the Spider and continued through the grits to finish.

The client was extremely pleased with the results of the sanding and the finish with the Hard Wax Oil. So, if you have a difficult, hard finish on a wood floor that you are trying to sand it’s worth remembering that the finish could be ceramic.

Now for the pine flooroak floor restoration project

I was then asked to sand an old and tattered floor made up of pine boards. The floor came up like brand new. When the time came to decide what finish to put on the pine floor the client became quite indecisive. That’s understandable choosing a finish is a big decision.

We showed the client a sample of Pallmann Magic Oil, Hard Wax Oil and dark brown Pallmann Magic Oil Colour. The choice was his to make – after all he has to live with the floor. After one hour of going from the colour to hard wax oil, I suggested that he could discuss with his family and let me know before the next day. This was a decision we were all happy with.

I received a text saying Hard Wax Oil please. I applied the finish the next day and it left a great finish. The result was a very happy client because he was still amazed at how well the floor look after it had been restored.


Two days later, I received a call asking if I could do the job again because he had changed his mind about the colour and now wanted it a lot darker if possible. I ordered a tin of Pallmann X333 black brown which we applied and then followed this with Magic Oil – the results were amazing and I now have one very, very happy client!

This blog was written by the team at Rollins Cleaning Services in Kent.  If you have an oak floor restoration project of your own or any wood floor that’s tired and worn looking. Why not bring it back to life – call the floor sanding and restoration experts at The Ultimate Floor Sanding Company today on Freephone 0333 93 901 93.