• QUALITY FLOORING SERVICES

    We offer a wide range of quality Flooring services here at Forrest Flooring
    for both domestic and commercial properties.

    Find Out More
  • OUR QUALITY WORK

    Want to view some of our previous quality work? Why not take a look at our
    Gallery which you can view by clicking the button below.

    Find Out More
  • OUR BLOG

    Want to find out what we have been up to? Why not take a look at our Blog
    which you can view by clicking the button below.

    Find Out More

HAPPY CUSTOMERS


We always aim to make you feel completely happy with the work we carry out. If you are not satisfied, we are not satisfied.

QUALITY SERVICES


Here at Forrest Flooring, we use only the highest quality equipment to ensure that your floor is looking as good as it can be.

COMPETITIVE PRICES


We constantly check prices with other competitors in the areas to make sure you are getting the best deal for your money.

WELCOME TO FORREST FLOORING

PROFESSIONAL FLOOR SANDING SERVICES THROUGHOUT HERTFORDSHIRE AND SOUTH EAST
Forrest Flooring have been restoring wood floors throughout Hertfordshire and the South East for over 10 years. Our tried and tested methods, friendly no hassle service and guaranteed perfect lasting results have had our customers returning and recommending us time and time again.
At Forrest Flooring customer satisfaction is our priority. We will advise you in making the right decisions for your floor sanding project no matter how big or small. We have the latest top of the range dust free floor sanding equipment to ensure the quickest, cleanest and most professional finish possible. We will give you all the aftercare advice you need to keep your floor looking good and lasting as long as possible. We also guarantee to use top quality products for your floor sanding project and being both Bona and Junckers certified you can rest assured we will give you a professional service from start to finish.

Forrest Flooring are not out to make a fast buck, we are here for the long term to build on our trusted reputation. If you have a floor that needs bringing back to life don’t hesitate to call or email for a free no obligation quote.
WHY CHOOSE US?
There are many floor sanding companies in the South East and London area. The popularity of wood flooring has been growing consistently in recent years as people are moving away from carpets and opting for a fresh feeling, hygienic, easy to clean floor . A wood floor can last for many years but will need maintenance to keep it in good condition.

At Forrest Flooring we have a tried and tested method that always works for us and we guarantee to only use the best products on the market. We have also invested time and money on training and the best dust free floor sanding machinery on the market and our prices are still very competitive. Check out our gallery for some amazing before and after pictures.
BONA CERTIFIED CONTRACTORS SCHEME
Forrest Flooring are proud Bona Certified Contractors one of the highest accreditations for a floor sanding company. We have undertaken comprehensive training courses at the Bona UK Headquarters to hone our floor sanding skills, we also receive regular updates from the Bona technical team on all the latest advances. Being Bona Certified Contractors has many benefits for us and our clients. 

We are loyal users of the Bona System, all our machinery is Bona machinery, widely regarded as the best floor sanding machinery on the market. This means we can achieve the best possible result every time, and because of the unique Bona DCS dust extractor system we can do it with minimal disruption. Being part of the scheme also means we will always use Bona products for our work, Bona are world leaders in the production of floor sanding products from abrasives for our machines to lacquers and oils to finish your floor. We also have around the clock assistance from the Bona technical team for advice.

So why settle for second best, if you want a floor with that high-end finish, that will last for years to come there really is no competition, if you require a wood floor sanding and restoration service then don't hesitate to get in touch.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS FLOOR SANDING?
'Floor sanding' or 'wood floor restoration' are the terms we use to describe the process of removing the top layer of a wooden floor with sand paper to reveal the untouched wood beneath. We do this with professional floor sanding machines from Bona. Once the top layer of old varnish and dirt is removed and the floor is level we start to use finer sand paper to make the wood nice and smooth. Every type of wood has to be treated differently so knowledge and experience is important. The aim is to sand off as little as possible, whilst still removing any imperfections and creating a nice level smooth, scratch free surface.
 
WILL THERE BE LOTS OF DUST?
Older floor sanding machinery or the type of machinery generally available from hire shops are not very good at collecting the dust which can lead to lots of airborne dust, once in the air it tends to travel all over the house and can be quite difficult clean. Airborne dust is also not very good for your health especially if you suffer from any allergies or asthma.

The machinery we use from Bona is the best on the market for picking up the dust it creates, the standard belt sanders are fitted with a bag that collects most of the dust but unfortunately a small amount of airborne dust can still escape. Luckily for us and our clients Bona have created a dust extraction system called the DCS (dust care system) which can be attached to all their machinery and collects 99.8% of the dust making our service a dust free service.
 
IS MY FLOOR TOO DAMAGED TO BE RESTORED?
In my experience it is very unusual to come across a floor that cannot be restored. The only times this is the case is if the floor has been over sanded in the past especially with engineered floors, the other instance is if the floor has been badly damaged by woodworm. A small amount of woodworm in pine floorboards is not a problem and actually makes a nice feature. If the surface looks really bad and has been neglected for many years we can still remove the surface and make it look brand new. Read this blog post for some more information on what to expect for your floor.
 
HOW LONG WILL THE FLOOR SANDING TAKE?
This is hard to give an exact answer to as each job is different but as a guide an average sized room of approximately 20m2 will take 2 days to compete. One day to sand the floor and another day to seal it. Applying the seal does not take long but as we usually put down 3 coats we have to wait for each coat to dry. This means that if we are doing 2 average sized rooms we only need 1 extra day as they can be sealed at the same time. 
 
WHAT WILL THE FLOOR BE FINISHED WITH?
There are a few options which will be explained during a free site visit but there are two main types of finish, floor lacquer and floor oil. Floor lacquer is a polyurethane seal that is applied to the floor after it has been sanded, 3 coats is normally enough, there are a variety of types but we tend to stick with the Bona range and there most popular lacquers are; Bona Mega, Bona Traffic HD and Bona Naturale. Floor lacquers also come in different sheens; Gloss, Satin and Matt. Floor oil gives a more natural look to the floor and treats the wood rather than creating a protective layer. Oil requires a bit more maintenance than lacquer and will need topping up more regularly to keep the floor looking good.
 
HOW LONG WILL THE FLOOR LAST BEFORE IT NEEDS TO BE DONE AGAIN?
This is different for every floor and depends on the amount of traffic it receives. If you remove your shoes when you come home and walk about in slippers it can last for 10+ years, but if you have dogs, teenagers or like a party then it will likely need to be done a little sooner. We recommend setting up a maintenance regime to help extend the life of the floor. A good door mat and regular sweeping or vacuuming can really help as grit on the floor will act as an abrasive and wear the seal away. We also recommend having the floor resealed when it starts to show signs of wear; we can do this in 1 day as there is no need for sanding and is only a fraction of the price of the original sanding process.
 
SHOULD I DECORATE BEFORE OR AFTER THE FLOOR IS SANDED?
If you are incorporating the sanding with decorating the room, we recommend decorating first so any paint splashes or damage can be sanded off. The floor sanders can mark fresh paint on the skirting boards so we recommend leaving the final coat on the skirting until after.
 
HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN WALK ON THE FLOOR?
The lacquer takes between 1-2 hours to dry but takes up to 3 days to fully cure. The floor can be walked on after about 3 hours but care will need to be taken so we recommend sticking to socks and slippers for a couple of days. We also recommend keeping any furniture off for at least 2 days and no rugs for a week to allow the floor to breath. It is also recommended to get as much airflow over the floor as possible for a few days to speed up the curing process.
 
ARE THE PRODUCTS ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
Bona produce the most environmentally friendly products on the market and are constantly working to develop low VOC (volatile organic compounds) lacquers. High VOC products evaporate dangerous chemicals in to the surrounding air which are harmful to breath in. All Bona products are GREENGUARD certified
 
DO YOU DO DOMESTIC OR COMMERCIAL?
We work in both domestic properties and commercial properties. The type of commercial properties we tend to work in are; schools, leisure centres, community centres, churches, museums/galleries, restaurants and pubs.
 
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY NEWLY REFURBISHED FLOOR?
We will advise you on how to best look after your newly sanded floor on the best cleaning ragime, what cleaning products to use and some tips and solutions to help reduce the wear of your floor.
 
DO YOU RESTORE PARQUET FLOORS?
We restore all types of wood flooring and parquet floor restoration is our speciality. It takes a lot more skill and experience to restore a parquet floor and when done right the results can be breathtaking.
 
DO YOU WORK IN MY AREA?
We cover the whole country for large commercial jobs such as schools and leisure centres but for domestic work and the smaller commercial jobs we cover Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, London and Greater London. The areas we have done the majority of our business in are Hertford, Letchworth, Hitchin, Stevenage, Welwyn, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans. We have lots of examples of our work on our blog which also gives the location the job was carried out in.

OUR WOOD FLOOR SANDING MACHINERY

SEE SOME OF OUR QUALITY FLOOR SANDING MACHINERY

BONA BELT SANDER


The Bona Belt floor sander is the machine that does the majority of the work. It is a heavy machine with a rotating drum at the front that can be fitted with floor sanding belts of different grades. The harshest grade is a 24 grit belt and the smoothest is a 100 grit belt. We tend to start sanding floors with a 24, 36 or 40 grit belt depending on the condition of the wood floor and the wood species. It is normal practice to sand the floor 2 more times with the Bona Belt, once with a medium grit of 40 or 60 then a final sand with either an 80 or 100 grit. For parquet floor restorations it is necessary to alternate the direction as it is not possible to sand with the grain.

There are a number of companies who make belt sanders of a very similar design but The construction of the Bona Belt sander is far superior to the type that can be hired from DIY stores, not only is it more stable, so produces a superior finish, it also has a very efficient vacuum for collecting the dust. The Bona Belt sander can also be attached to the Bona DCS dust extractor for an unrivalled dust pick up rate and a dustless floor sanding service.

BONA BUFFER


The Bona Buffer is a finishing sander designed for the final stages of sanding to produce a nice smooth finish, it is more light weight than the FlexiSand which makes it better for buffing between coats of seal or applying stains and oils to the floor. We also use the Bona Buffer for cleaning floors when resealing them as part of our wood floor maintenance service.

BONA EDGE SANDER


The Bona Belt sander cannot sand right up to the wall so it is necessary to use an 'edger' to sand the part the belt can't reach. The Bona Edge is an extremely powerful little machine that can be fitted with sanding disks of different grades to match what you are doing with the belt sander. After each pass with the belt sander we match the grade of abrasive with the Bona Edge and blend in the edges. This is an essential part of our wood floor restoration equipment.

BONA DCS 70


The Bona DCS 70 is more than just a vacuum or dust extractor. Fitted with 2 cyclones and 1400w motor the DCS has an amazing dust pick up rate and fits to all our Bona machines ensuring a dust free floor sanding service. The dust is also contained in the unique 'Longo Dust Bags', instead of the dust being sucked into individual bags, the 'Longo Dust Bag' is one long sleeve that is tied off with cable ties, so when the bag is changed no dust can escape into the room.

FEIN MULTIMASTER


The Fein MultiMaster is an oscillating multi tool that can be fitted with different heads for different tasks. There are many multi tools on the market but the Fein MultiMaster is by far the most superior. When fitted with a triangular sanding head the MultiMaster becomes an excellent detail sander very useful for sanding the corners that can't be reached by the Bona Edge.

BONA FLEXISAND


The Bona FlexiSand is a revolutionary sanding machine. After sanding a floor with a belt sander it is necessary buff the floor with a rotary action and a fine grade of sand paper, either 120 or 150 grit. The rotary motion along with the fine grade of sand paper will close off or polish the wood creating a very smooth finish; this leaves the floor scratch free and enables the final products to be applied without them being absorbed into the wood. The Bona FlexiSand is able to take a standard drive plate for light buffing and can also be fitted with the unique Power Drive plate with four separate heads that are geared to the machine and rotate individually. The four heads can take sanding disks similar to the edger disks of various different grades. This makes the FlexiSand more than just a buffer and is especially useful for parquet floor restoration. Like the rest of the machines it can also be fitted to the Bona DCS for dust free floor sanding.
Bona dcs 70.

FESTOOL ROTEX RO 150


Festool tools are renowned as some of the finest wood working tools on the market. We use the Festool Rotex RO 150 for sanding stairs and skirtings or places that are hard to reach with Bona floor sanding tools like inside cupboards or under stair cases. The orbital sander also comes with its own dust extractor that can be easily moved around with the tool. When staining a floor as part of a wood floor refurbishment we use the Rotex RO 150 for the final stage of edging to ensure there are no small scratches as the stain can highlight them.
Share by: