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Posted on June 15, 2023
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Whether you’re refreshing an old hardwood floor or preparing a new installation for staining, the process of sanding is a crucial step. This guide aims to walk you through the process of successfully sanding hardwood floors and will provide you with the necessary information, tools, and techniques you need to confidently tackle your next DIY flooring project.
Sanding is a crucial step in any floor restoration process. It helps remove the old finish, flattens the wood surface, and opens the wood’s pores to accept stain more uniformly. A well-sanded floor contributes significantly to the final appearance and feel of the hardwood.
These are specialised tools used to sand large surface areas. Two types are typically employed:
These come in handy for reaching very tight corners and spots where the floor edge sander cannot reach.
Sandpaper is available in various grit sizes. For hardwood floor sanding, you’ll generally need three grit sizes: coarse (36 grit), medium (60 grit), and fine (100 grit).
Preparation involves removing all furniture, rugs, and other items from the room. Cover all doorways and vents with plastic sheeting to contain the dust. Inspect the floor for any protruding nails, staples, or tacks, and make sure to remove or hammer them down.
Install the coarse-grit sandpaper on the drum sander. Start at one end of the room and sand with the grain, moving smoothly and steadily across the room. Remember, drum sanders are potent; therefore, never let them rest in one spot for too long, as they can quickly gouge the wood.
Once you’ve finished with the drum sander, use the edge sander with the same coarse-grit paper to sand the areas the drum sander couldn’t reach.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the medium and then the fine-grit sandpaper. Each pass will further smooth the floor and remove scratches left from the previous grit.
Use a hand sander or sanding block with fine-grit paper to sand corners, around door frames, or any other areas that the edge sander couldn’t reach.
Proper cleanup is crucial. Vacuum the floor and wipe it down with a damp cloth to ensure all dust and particles are removed. This step is especially important before moving on to staining and finishing the floor.
Sanding is just one part of the process of restoring hardwood floors. Once you’ve finished sanding, the next step is to stain and finish the floor. Staining allows you to add colour to the floor, while finishing protects the wood and enhances its natural beauty.
Sanding hardwood floors can be a challenging yet rewarding task. It’s an essential process in hardwood floor restoration that can breathe new life into your floors, making them look as good as new. Always remember to protect yourself and prepare your workspace adequately. Finally, take your time. Rushing can lead to mistakes that could mar the final result. With patience and effort, you’ll be rewarded with beautifully restored hardwood floors that will last for many more years.
We provide virtually dust-free sanding with our continuous belt machinery with mobile extraction units, giving you a safer environment for your family.
This organic finish not only adds beauty to your home but also has exceptional water-repellent characteristics, making it easier to clean and maintain.
This natural floor finish offers the softest and most mellow appearance – and leaves your floor able to breath.
Using soft buffing machines (and hand-polishing where required) will bring a wonderful sheen to your newly-finished floor.
We offer a full assessment of your wooden floors to determine what repairs are needed to provide the perfect working surface for the later stages of sanding, staining and sealing.
We offer a comprehensive restoration process designed to address floors that are improperly fitted or damaged over time through wear and tear.
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