Fantastic Floor Sanding Tips for a Great Finish
Booking your machines
Before you even start preparing the room you plan to sand, it is worth finding out how much the process will cost, and when the machinery will be available. It is certainly a good idea to book your sanders in advance as they may not be available from the hire shop if you wait until the day you need them. It is also worth ensuring that you have all the kit that you will need when collecting the machinery, including all the correct grits of sandpaper, and any other tools, such as dust bags, and the key to change sanding discs on the edge sander – an important piece of equipment in the sanding process.
Proper preparation is absolutely essential before attempting any work on the floor. The room needs to be clean, and clear of any obstructions including furniture. It is also worth considering whether there is the need to fill any gaps between the boards to prevent spillages slipping between the boards, and potentially aiding the retention of heat, which can help lower those winter energy bills. This can be achieved with a resin, usually available from any good DIY specialist.
As obvious as it sounds, you want to stay safe when using the equipment, so it is important to follow the health and safety information provided when hiring your sanders. These are industrial machines, and can lead to serious injury if not used correctly.
Getting accustomed to the machines
You will ideally want to spend a bit of time practicing with the machines you’ve hired before tackling the main part of your floor. Sanding involves removing a layer from the wood, so it is not something that can be undone. As such it is worth practicing on an area of the floor that will normally be covered by furniture or even better, on a spare piece of wood. This will give you time to get to grips with the power of the larger machinery, and the finesse of the smaller sanders, before attempting to use them on the room you are looking to renovate.
Sanding the floor
The act of sanding itself is fairly simple, but does require a certain degree of patience. It is important to make sure that the surfaces are evenly sanded, which requires changing the grit of the sandpaper used gradually. A drum sander or orbital sander will normally be the advised machine to use for the bulk of the floor, both of which have particular advantages and disadvantages, and which you use will depend entirely on the type of wood you are sanding and what your particular needs entail.
All of these tips are general pointers, and there is more detailed information available online, or from your local flooring professionals. But these tips are certainly things worth bearing in mind if you do decide to renovate your wooden floors.