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Strip and Sand Stairs

Are you looking for a company with a quality strip and sand process for stairs in Surrey? Read on to find out more about how GJP Floor Sanding Surrey can deliver you the service that you are looking for.

A few years usually pass before the wooden stairs inside a house begin to display signs of tear and wear. These signs first become visible on the horizontal treads due to unrelenting foot traffic up and down the stairs. This traffic is what causes the varnish topcoat to wear off and thus bare the naked wood beneath.

With time, the vertical risers too are beaten and damaged by recurring kicks from feet up the stairs. Even the handrail begins to show signs of abuse, although not always in the same magnitude as the horizontal treads and vertical risers. Most of the time, instead of scuffs, handrails are riddled with grubby handprints and encrusted dirt, although it is very possible for them to be scratched by fingernails and miscellaneous passing objects too.

No matter how bad your staircase looks, it can be restored to its original charming self in four steps. Of course, sanding or even refinishing stairs can be tedious, because a staircase is an enclosed area with little room for free movement, and because of the risers.

Here is our Surrey strip and sand stair process:

  • Reviving the treads

From the topmost to the bottom tread, you will discover that the degree of wear to the initial finish varies. First we scrub the tread to remove stains and scuff marks. Once dry, we begin to sand the tread using an orbital sander and various-grit discs, depending on what works for your stairs. For the nosing, however, we wield a sanding sponge or an electric profile sander, equipped with a convex pad.

Sanding produces dust, but we manage this by attaching our sanders to either a canister or vacuum, reducing the dust particles to virtually zero.

  • Sanding the risers

Since the risers don’t often get trampled on, they are usually not as battered and worn as the horizontal treads. If you are lucky, they might only require cleaning. If not, they ought to be sanded, usually with a quarter-sheet orbital finishing sander, which is much easier to control on a vertical surface than a random-orbit sander.

  • Staining and refinishing

This is the stage where the sanded stairs—exposed new layer free of dirt, smudges, scratches, and dents—is ready to soak up stain. Your choice matters a lot at this point. You can choose from a wide variety of finishes. However, you can also listen to our recommendations. We are always here to help and guide you towards the best solution for your wooden stairs.

Whether you want a natural oil finish or varnish, we will gently massage your staircase with your choice finish to accentuate its beauty and bring back its appeal.

If you want to find out more about our service, or get a free, no obligation strip and sand stair quote, then get in touch today. Our friendly staircase restoration experts in Surrey are ready and waiting to quote you happy.

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