Hardwood floor sanding: the basics
A common refrain from those who have hardwood floors is “What do I do now? My floor has somehow got scratched!”
While this issue is no doubt troublesome for the homeowner who has just noticed a scratch in his or her beautiful hardwood floor, the problem is easily solved. Since wood is a natural material, the surface layer can be removed to reveal an entirely new portion beneath. This is done through the process of floor sanding and finishing.
Finishing is necessary because most hardwood floors are stained or veneered in some way. Sanding the floor down to remove scratches and other marks will necessarily involve removing this layer of stain or finish. The resulting surface will consist of bare wood – a home fashion look that some people prefer – but leaving the wood completely bare will tend to lead to problems. Even those who appreciate the natural beauty of unstained wooden planks will understand that a water sealant is necessary to prevent moisture damage in the future.
After sanding, therefore, floors will need to be re-stained, if desired, and then sealed anew against the elements.
The do-It-yourself trap
Anyone who has ever sanded a small piece of wood may believe that floor sanding is different only in scale. This assumption, however, would be a mistake. Sanding an entire floor requires specialised machinery and a wealth of experience in order to produce a good result. For this reason, those who have noticed scratches are advised to contract with a floor sanding services firm rather than taking the job upon themselves.