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6 Golden Rules For Sanding
Wood flooring is definitely one of the best flooring choices available on the market. It is often the perfect solution because of many of its beneficial aspects. This natural product is very hygienic and easy to maintain. Furthermore, it brings natural elegance, style, beauty and charm in every place, creating an atmosphere of warmth and cosiness. In addition, it is highly preferred because of its durable and hard-wearing nature. With the modern durable sealants, it becomes truly a long-lasting product. To keep the perfect condition, of your flooring, you will need a regular cleaning and maintenance routine. A big part of the good maintenance routine is the wood floor sanding process.
It is an important part of the way how your wooden floor looks. This beneficial service requires experience, but it’s not so time-consuming and, in fact, it’s a smart investment. The positive effects of the treatment are that it provides your wooden floor with more long-lasting power because it gets rid of a number of minor issues and imperfections that otherwise, if left neglected, can lead to major problems. Furthermore, the timber under the top finishing layer usually is in excellent condition, which means after the sealant is removed, the floor will look again like brand new. The whole refinishing process improves the overall condition and the durability of the floor.
Brief floor sanding explanation:
It is, essentially, the process of removing the top layer of the wooden surface, which normally includes the old finish and a thin layer of the timber too. This is achieved with the help of specially designed machines with sandpaper attached to them. There are a few different types of sanders, each one of them designed to do a different job and reach to different areas of the floor. Essentially, the machine strips off the old and worn wood finish along with all small imperfections and fine scratches and stains that are occurring the finish. The whole process is preparing the wooden surface for the upcoming application of the fresh layers of finishing product, by opening the pores of the wood’s structure, so the sealant can sink effectively into them and ensure protection of the floor and preservation of its colour and texture not only on the surface, but also from within. One of the main drawbacks of sanding, as people would assume, is the mess and the hassle the service is usually associated with. However, gone are the days, when wood floor sanding services used to be messy. Thanks to the progress of the flooring industry, sanding machines already come with a vacuum attached to them that collects up to 99% of the sawdust and leaves you just a quick clean away from the sparkling clean and dust-free room.
The 6 Golden Rules:
- Preparation – one of the most important steps of the whole project. Preparation before the service consists of removing of all furniture pieces and heavy objects that may limit the free movement of the sanders into the room. Placing protective plastic sheets on the windows and doors is optional and if you want to limit the amount of sawdust transferring to other areas of the house. Even with the latest equipment, there will be small dust particles in the air that later will settle down. In addition, all skirting boards in the room, where sanding is planned, should be removed so every inch of the floor can be reached and treated. In case you are planning even more home improvement services in the room, including painting the walls, you should consider whether painting the walls should happen first, or you should have your floor refinished first.
- Always sand with the grain – Sanding the wood boards against the grain is simply going to ruin them, so make sure that the boards are not treated against the grain, no matter if you are improving your flooring as a DIY project, or you are hiring a contractor.
- It is not recommended as a DIY project – such type of renovation is still a serious job, although not rocket science, so it will be better if you leave it in the hands of a professional contractor with a lot of experience and enough knowledge. Still, if you feel confident enough that you can handle the job, make sure to take you time and do a thorough research, learning everything you need to know before hiring the big belt sander and start erasing all the dents and scratches.
- Use the right equipment – For every part of the process you will need a sandpaper different level of density. In order to achieve smooth and sleek results you must use different floor sanding machines and a sanding paper with different level of density, if you want to achieve perfect results and a sleek flooring surface.
The required equipment include: Belt or drum sander to remove the old finish, and complete the hard job. You will also need an edger that will allow you to reach the corners of the room and treat them properly. A buffing machine will provide sleek and uniform results by smoothing away all swirls and marks left by the heavy-duty machines.
- Clean between stages of sanding – Treating your floor with sanding paper is a process, of a few stages. You should make sure that your floor is perfectly cleaned and thoroughly vacuumed in between all stages, otherwise, you risk the sawdust scratching the freshly treated surface of the floor boards.
- Choose the best professional for the task – As we have already mentioned, is better left in the hands of an experienced and knowledgeable contractor. One thing that does not have to lead you in the decision-making process is the price of the service. Normally, wood floor sanding could be an investment and you would like to spend less money, if possible. However, the suspiciously low price is probably not going to end up good and you won’t get the perfect results you are going for. There are many of the calls we get for . or your sanding project could happen to be a subject of hidden and unexpected costs.