Floor Sanding Basics Part 1 | How to Sand A Floor
One of the biggest trends in interior design in the modern era has been wood floor restoration and in particular, sanded hardwood floors. It is a popular look, but most people don’t realise how affordable it can be, and how much value it can add to your home. In this two part guide, I will let you in on all the secrets, tips, hints and that will help you get your floor looking like you have made a significant investment, without having to part with the majority of your hard earned cash.
Getting to know your floor
Before you do anything else, you need to know exactly what you are dealing with. Your floor may not be suitable for sanding if the boards you have are rotten or weak and need replacing. Sanding a damaged floor is a fool’s endeavour and will only end with you having to replace the boards sooner rather than later, making it a complete waste of money. However, if you replace the boards that are beyond repair, then the floor as a whole can easily be sanded.
Seek professional help
Before undertaking the work on your floor, always speak to a professional. There are numerous available options that may or may not be appropriate for your floor, including different types of sander, stain, and finish. For some people having a professional do the work will be more appropriate, especially if you have kids, or pets. Re-finishing your floors will involve clearing the room you intend to work in of all furniture, as well as creating a certain amount of dust, which may make it too much of an inconvenience to do the work yourself. However, if you are in a position to do the work yourself, it goes without saying that this will save you a significant amount of money. In addition, doing the work yourself will mean needing to reserve the equipment in advance, so speaking to a professional will be a necessity.
What do I need?
There are 3 main machines which will be required for the sanding of any floor. The first is a drum sander. Although some experts will advise the use of the oscillating sander instead, I will always advocate the use of the drum sander, as while it is heavier and more cumbersome, it does a much more even job on the wood. In addition, the edge sander will be needed to get into those nooks and crannies around the borders of the room which large sanders will fail to reach. Finally, there is the vibrating sander, which is not a complete necessity, but it does provide an opportunity to buff out any gouges or damage caused by the drum sander.
The big day
So, you’ve decided to hire the equipment, set a date, and got your room clear and ready to go, it’s now time to collect your sanders, and the necessary tools to finish your floor (something we’ll deal with in part 2). It’s worth remembering that the drum sander is a heavy piece of equipment, and will require two pairs of hands to move it into your vehicle, so you will want to be prepared for this for both collecting and returning your machinery. Once you get to your property you will want to designate an area to practice on, perhaps somewhere that is less visible, so that if you make any mistakes it won’t be somewhere anyone will see once the floor is finished.
In part 2, we’ll tell you about the mechanics of actually sanding the floor, applying the finish, and getting the best from your sanded wooden floor.
Stay tuned for Floor Sanding Basics Part 2, which will be published on Friday 25 April.