Floor Sanding Your London Home
London townhouses and terraced homes are famous for having hardwood floors sanding cunningly disguised below years of carpet, rugs and lino. Revamp your home by getting rid of the coverings and bringing your hardwoods and parquet back to sparkling life with a floor sanding and refinishing treatment.
If you feel like a challenge you can DIY with a bit of know-how and common sense and a whole lot of elbow grease! Alternatively you can decide your wood flooring deserves a professional makeover and get a no-obligation quotation from the very best wood sanding experts in London. Whichever you decide read on and see how the process of floor sanding and restoration works.
Start at the very beginning
Which is, as they say, a very fine place to start! Every renovation begins with preparation, and for floor sanding that means emptying the room of everything including light shades, blinds, curtains and mantelpiece fixings as well as removing skirting boards, any type of panelling and, if possible, door surrounds.
The next step is to remove the current floor covering, which could involve hand scraping old bits of underlay and felt from the boards. Take a good, long look at the floor board by board looking out for protruding nails or carpet staples, loose or otherwise damaged planks and boards that have shrunk leaving gaps in between. Before sanding commences all these minor repairs should be dealt with. Fill in cracks and spaces with wood putty applied with a pallet knife, remembering to wipe away residual putty from the boards before it hardens. When all looks as if it is in order then sweep or vacuum the floor and inspect it again for any faults you may have overlooked.
The most common type of hire sander is a belt or drum sander that you can ‘walk’ along the boards sanding as you go. But before you leave the shop make sure you understand every aspect of controlling the machine, and if in doubt, ask for advice from the hire company. If the floor has not been sanded in a while then you will need to use the roughest grade of sanding paper in the machine, and progressively change to a finer grade after the first sanding.
Start at one end of the room and sand along the grain. Leave about 9 – 12 inches from the wall on every side: this area is best sanded with hand or edging sander or even sandpaper sheets for those difficult to reach areas. If you are sanding stairs be prepared for most of the sanding to be done in this way due to space restriction.
When sanding is complete it’s time once again to sweep or vacuum the sanded area, making sure you have removed all dust and dirt particles. The floor should look slightly different now, lighter and smoother to the touch. The likelihood of getting away with just one sanding on a floor which has lain under carpets for years is extremely remote, so be prepared to sand again. This time you can use a finer grade of paper.
If the floor was in very poor condition you can opt for a third and final floor sanding, using the finest grade of sandpaper the machine will take. If you don’t cut corners with this, (however much you are tempted to!), you will see amazing results when you apply the finishing.
After the final sanding your floor will be ultra smooth, sleek and a few shades lighter than its original colour. Worry not, if you like the original colour of the wood you can use a good quality woodstain which exactly matches the original wood. Woodstain is not only a preservative but it nourishes and feeds wood after restoration, bringing longevity and shine to your floor.