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  • M Logan

    Romford, 2019

    Can You Use Reclaimed Parquet Blocks for Fireplace Replacement?

    I have a fireplace heart in my room, which I need to remove and replace with parquet blocks matching the flooring in the rest of the room. I have some reclaimed blocks, but they have bitumen on the back.  Once fitted, I want the whole floor sanded and re-varnished. Is this something you can do for me?

    • Mr Sanders

      Hi and thank you for contacting us regarding parquet flooring restoration. Fireplace removal and extension with reclaimed parquet blocks is definitely something we can help with. This is a regular service that often goes with our floor restoration services. However, you mention that you would like to use your reclaimed parquet blocks, which have bitumen on the back. Bear in mind that it is often very difficult to remove the bitumen, so we might need to supply some additional reclaimed parquet blocks, matching the size of your flooring and use them instead. After the floor extension, a complete sanding and re-varnishing will provide a beautiful and new look to your parquet flooring.


  • N Hamilton

    Romford, 2015

    Can I Have Underfloor Heating Under Parquet Flooring?

    I am thinking if installing parquet flooring in my house, but I was wondering whether I can have underfloor heating under it?

    • Mr Sanders

      While there are many underfloor heating products on the market today, the general advice is that underfloor heating requires either engineered wood or appropriate laminated flooring above it. Solid wood flooring, including parquet blocks, is too thick to allow the heath underneath to come through and it is therefore not possible to install above underfloor heating. The other reason for this is that flooring needs to be installed as "floating" above underfloor heating, usually with the use of a click system, where parquet flooring needs to be glued-down.


  • R Trent

    Barking, 2019

    Can You Sand and Oil 3-Strip Engineered Wood Flooring?

    Hi. My 3-strip oak engineered floor needs sanding as it has quite a few scratches as we have a dog. It is currently lacquered, but I was wondering if it can be sanded and oiled instead?

    • Mr Sanders

      Three strip floorings come in various sizes and the thickness of the top layer defines if it can be sanded. The most popular ones come in 3 mm top layers and unless it has been sanded before it should be ok to restore. It is possible to change the sealant from lacquer to oil as the existing sealant is completely removed during the sanding process.  

      Before you make the final decision on the most appropriate type of sealant, bear in mind that Hardwax Oils provide more natural look and scratches might be less visible, however, they require more frequent maintenance and re-oiling to ensure long lasting protection.

  • G Lacey

    Bromley, 2016

    Can I Change the Colour on My Wooden Stairs?

    Is it possible to stain the wood on my stairs or is this something that is only done on wooden floors? Thank you!

    • Mr Sanders

      Staining is applicable on solid wood, regardless of whether it is on stairs or wider flooring areas.

  • B Hayden

    Croydon, 2019

    Can You Help With Restoration of Stairs and Banisters?

    I am in a process of restoring my wooden floors and I am considering whether it is a good idea to redo the stairs as well. Is this possible and can you help?


    • Mr Sanders

      Sanding stairs and banisters is not an easy thing to do and it is very time consuming as it is mainly done manually.  However, it is possible to do, considering you have the right skills. Otherwise, this is better left to a professional company to do as it might turn to be very expensive to rectify if not done properly. Stairs are usually exposed to higher levels of foot traffic, so hardwearing varnish is a recommended type of sealant.