Cornwall LivingIssue #93
No pain, no grain
Reinstating the original beauty of character homes in Cornwall, Strippers Flooring are the Duchy’s flooring restoration experts.
Established more than 20 years ago, Strippers Flooring is the Duchy’s leading floor sanding, finishing and restoration company. The team of professionals have completed projects on countless homes, hotels, restaurants and museums throughout the county, also working alongside a number of building firms, architects and designers. Whether you’re improving your own home, adding value to a holiday home investment, or hoping to restore the floors of a community building – be that a village hall or a church – Strippers Flooring can help.
We never compromise or sub-contract, and we use only the best commercial professional products from companies like Bona in Sweden, and Loba in Germany
Company founder, Andrew Biss understands the value and unique beauty of original wooden flooring, which is why they offer the highest quality restoration work at competitive prices. They utilise some of the most efficient dust extraction systems too, making their work 99% dust-free; while this may seem like a minor point, anyone who’s ever tried sanding wooden floors will understand just how messy it can be!
No matter the age or material of your floor, be it Victorian pine or modern engineered oak, Strippers Flooring specialises in all aspects of floor restoration. The team can also restore tired kitchen worktops, window sills, doors and stairs, allowing you to bring your home’s original features back to life and enjoy them for years to come.
Last year, to mark its 20th anniversary, Strippers Flooring underwent a makeover, achieving much more than just a ‘new look’. Indeed, after investing significantly in the latest equipment and training, Andrew was able to ensure that Strippers remained Cornwall’s leading floor restoration company. In fact, Strippers Flooring is the only one with ‘Which? Trusted Trader’ accreditation, an impressive feat to say
Andrew’s business partner and General Manager, Nancy Walton plays a pivotal role in client liaison, site visits and quoting, whilst managing the office and accounts. Fin, who has been with the business for over a year, is now fully qualified, having completed courses with Bona and Lagler. Fin completes the Strippers Flooring team.
So, how can Strippers Flooring help you? For those of you who are lucky enough to own an old Cornish property that still bears its original wood flooring, you will be amazed at the difference this Cornish business can make to those tired old boards. Using only commercial-grade products to finish your floors, Andrew and the team can take your home from dated to delightful, making your floor flawless without the expense of replacing it entirely. “One of the latest products that we and our clients are loving,” Andrew tells us, “is a two-part water-based polyurethane with hardener from Loba in Germany. It has an ultra matt, almost invisible finish that looks exactly like an oiled floor, so has that extremely natural look but with all the benefits of a sealed floor with easy maintenance.”
Strippers Flooring have also added another van, meaning they can respond more quickly to clients’ needs. Andrew explains: “We are often commissioned to carry out complex restoration work that many other companies simply don’t want to do. We relish the challenge! It’s often slow and painstaking work, but it’s also highly rewarding.”
One very public example is the work Strippers were contracted to complete last year at St Mary’s Church in Penzance. Requiring extensive repair work and even relaying in parts, the team took every aspect of the project in their stride and delivered the brief to the most meticulous standards.
With a ‘can-do’ attitude and the utmost respect for your home or property, Andrew tells us: “We never compromise or sub-contract, and we use only the best commercial professional products from companies like Bona in Sweden, and Loba in Germany, delivering our service to the highest possible standards.”
Ultimately, Andrew and his team offer a bespoke solution, drawing on more than two decades of experience to achieve the best possible results. So, as Andrew puts it: “If you want the job done to the highest possible standard, why not give us a call?”
"We never compromise or sub-contract, and we use only the best commercial professional products from companies like Bona in Sweden, and Loba in Germany"