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Sanding Floors – An overview

Posted on March 6th, 2014 In: Floor Sanding Articles

Undertaking the process of renovating your home can be a daunting one, especially when it comes to flooring. The myriad of options available can be confusing and often overwhelming. One option that has been overlooked in the past, but is now very much in fashion is sanded wooden floors. If you have wooden floorboards, then you could be sitting on an option which can easily be made to fulfil its potential.

Here’s how to do it:

Prepare

Preparation is key with wooden floors. If your boards are in any way damaged or have signs of weakness or rotting they will need to be fixed or replaced before undertaking any work. There is no benefit to sanding boards that are on their last legs as they will need to be replaced eventually and could lead to damage to the equipment you have rented. As well as fixing boards, it is also worth considering sealing the floor with resin at this stage if it has not already been done. It is a simple process which will help your floor to keep heat in the room (potentially lowering your heating bills), and will make cleaning simpler as you will be able to mop the surface in the same way you would any other floor in your home without fear of water dripping down through the gaps.

Sanding the floor

Actually sanding the floor is a relatively easy process. Having rented the equipment you need and bought the varying grades of grit to get the wood sanded properly, it is always wise to find an area that is less visible in the room to practise on and ensure you are entirely comfortable with the machinery, and how to sand using fluid movements, making sure that you cover the surface evenly. When comfortable, it’s time to tackle the rest of the floor in the same way, including using a smaller machine for the edges.

Finishing, staining, or both

Once you’ve sanded the floor, and cleaned away the dust, it’s time to think about a finish. There are many options available, including stains which will change the colour of the wood on the surface, or a polyurethane varnish to give it a rich sheen, as well as help protect it from stains or damage from daily use. We discussed how to varnish in a recent blog post.

A wooden floor can make a huge difference to your home, and opens up plenty of different interior design possibilities. If looked after properly it will continue to look great as it ages, and can easily be renewed with techniques like screening or even a full re-sand if necessary, still for a fraction of the cost of replacing carpet or linoleum in the long term.

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