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Floor Preparation - Get the Right Tools for a High-Quality Finish

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There has been a recent surge in popularity in polished concrete floors for both domestic and commercial properties. A concrete floor is both practical and affordable. It is the perfect option for industrial premises due to its durable and hard-wearing properties, and is becoming an increasingly popular material for domestic properties to achieve a chic and contemporary look.

Grinding a concrete floor

Like any type of floor which is subjected to high levels of use, concrete will require some maintenance from time to time. If you intend to expose a covered concrete floor to refurbish what lurks beneath some existing tiles, or if you need to level off or clean up a concrete floor to improve the look and functionality, then it is important to select the right equipment to help get the work completed efficiently and safely.  

There is a wide range of equipment available to hire which can help you achieve an excellent finish. In this blog we review some essential equipment perfect for stripping, smoothing and polishing concrete floors to get the job done faster and achieve the best results.

Floor Grinder Hire/ Concrete Grinder Hire

floor grinder hire is a perfect option for removing the rough edges from concrete floors to ensure an even, level surface. Twin grinding heads driven by heavy duty gearboxes ensure high productivity and reliability.

Floor Grinders are suitable for:

  • Accurate grinding of concrete surfaces
  • Removal of old coatings, glues or contaminates
  • Scarifying to remove oil/dirt deposits
  • Ice removal from cold store floors

There is a range of equipment options available, including PRM Surface Grinders, Diamond Floor Grinders and the STR Multi-Purpose Floor Preparation System. The choice of floor grinder hire will depend on the specific application and the type of floor you are working with. Our floor grinders and concrete grinders can be combined with a dust extraction system, enabling their use in industrial or commercial environments.  

Floor grinders are available to hire with different grades of sanding blocks or wire brushes dependent on the application and the required finish. They can also be fitted with diamond sanding blocks and carbon discs to buff the floor for an excellent finish. They are available in both petrol and electric models, allowing for fume-free work in enclosed internal environments.  

Manually removing carpet with a scraper

Scraping up old, bonded carpet can be a time consuming and tiring task

Floor Stripper Hire/ Floor Tile Stripping Machine Hire

Floor Strippers are used for the fast and effective removal of vinyl tiles, sheet vinyl and bonded carpet. Floor Tile Stripping machines are suitable for both domestic and commercial projects and can also be used to remove any build up of unwanted materials on industrial floors.

Typical applications include:

  • Removal of sheet vinyl, linoleum, cork, bonded carpet
  • Removal of woodblock, tiles, de-bonded membranes, sports surfaces
  • Removal of failed latex
  • Removal of a build-up of excess materials in factory production area

Tool Hire Express supplies both large and small versions of this equipment to cater for all sizes of floor. The smaller, more compact machines are ideally suited for smaller projects. The forward motion is achieved by manual effort, made easier by the adjustable handle which can suit a range of operator heights.

The larger, heavy duty self-propelled turbo-stripper is suitable for larger projects covering a larger floor area to increase efficiency. This heavy-duty power-driven machine provides the operator with high performance stripping for minimal effort and is suitable for the removal of materials in the toughest possible conditions.

Tool Hire Express also stock tile lifting drill attachments which can be fitted to a drill and used to manually remove flooring tiles. This is ideal for smaller floor areas and increases productivity for smaller projects.

Floor Planer Hire

A floor planer, also known as a scarifier, is a heavy-duty machine which can be used to prepare concrete floors ready for new coatings or finishes. Floor planers are available with a choice of drums for different applications, such as grooving, de-rusting or paint and resin removal.  These efficient machines are easy to control and will allow you to cover large areas quickly. Available to hire with dust extraction systems, they are suitable for indoor use and will ensure you can achieve that critical high-quality finish required when working with concrete floors.

Sanding wooden floors

Floor Sander Hire

If it is a wooden floor you are working with, then we also have the tools for you! Suitable for sanding and smoothing wooden floors, a drum belt sander, has a replaceable abrasive loop of sandpaper that continually moves around the drum, sanding the wood down as far as you want to go. Drum belt floor sanders are designed to sand large areas quickly and efficiently. Operated from a standing position they are comfortable to use and limit the amount of work required at floor level.

The sanders available to hire from Tool Hire Express are fitted with dust bags to minimise the amount of dust created and are suitable for sanding all types of wooden floor, including parquet flooring, standard floorboards, fibre board, cork, engineered and composite floors, as well as some types of decking board.

Click for further details on how to sand wood floors

Don’t forget, always use the correct PPE!

Tool Hire Express also stock the full range of PPE for your floor preparation projects, including protective glasses, gloves and footwear. Speak to our team at the point of hiring for advice on what PPE you will need to safely complete your project.

Hiring from Tool Hire Express

How to Hire from Tool Hire Express

Our experts can provide useful advice on which products are available to help with floor preparation projects. To hire from Tool Hire Express, you can call into any of our 34 locations across the UK (as well as our A-Plant locations) and speak to our experts. If you are a regular hirer, it will be worth opening an A-Plant account which gives you access to products across all our specialist divisions. Or, for a one-off hire you can leave a deposit relative to the equipment you want to hire and provide two forms of identification (including a photo ID and a utility bill), and you will be ready to go! If transport is an issue, we also have delivery options available, just speak to our team for more information.

All Tool Hire Express stores are accredited with the Hire Association Europe’s ‘SafeHire’ certificate, giving you peace of mind that the equipment you hire has been serviced and maintained to the highest standards.


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