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Floor Sanding Tips - The Mystery Unravelled

Sep 9th 2015 at 11:13 PM

It is incredible the difference a quality floor sanding job can make to a floor and the overall look of a room. Some people choose to take the DIY route whereas others hand it over to a floor sanding company. Whichever way you're thinking of going these easy to follow tips will ensure you get the best result.

Floor Sanding Tips - Knowing About The Machinery

A bit like cutting grass, you will need two different sanders to complete the floor sanding job. One is for the main areas and the other for around the edges. Don't be tempted to cut costs by hiring a machine that is not top of the range, as more than likely if you do you will end up with dust everywhere. The top of the range floor sanding machines have an integral dust collection unit so are virtually dust free.

As you will need to change sandpaper frequently opt for a belt type sander rather than the drum roller type, as these are easier to manage. If you are not going DIY make sure you ask prospective floor sanding companies about their machinery, products and processes. If going the DIY route be aware that one of the most common mistakes is to stay too long in one place with the machine, be fluid when using the sanding machine.

Floor Sanding Tips - Types Of Wood Which Need Special Consideration

Pine gives the appearance of being deceptively flat which means that without the correct equipment you will end up with a dip in the middle of each floor board. Parquet will require a special sander machine.

Before Sanding

Make sure you have disposable face masks. Check for pieces of floor boards which have nail heads sticking up as these need to be punched down to about 1/8 of an inch below the floor boards. This can be done using a nail punch. If this is not done properly the sandpaper will get torn. Any gaps need to be filled before starting also which can be done with a resin filer mixed with wood dust.

When Sanding

Using the 24 grit sandpaper first, get the feel for the machine, remembering that the last thing you want to do is hang around in one spot for too long. Always sand with the grain and not against it. Move fluidly around the floor, always in the direction of the grain. Turning at edges of the room should be done calmly, keeping the movement continuous. When you see that you are down to the new wood, then you will want to use the edge sander now for skirting boards and other parts that you couldn't reach with the main machine. Change and repeat the process now with the 40 grit, 80 grit, and then again with the 120 grit. Then you need to hoover the floor completely and leave for a few hours, before repeating floor sanding.

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