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How to Sand a Wooden floor – Hints, Tips and Tricks you Need to Know

Posted on May 28th, 2014 In: Floor Sanding Blogs

How to Sand a Wooden floor A quick web search for sanded hardwood floors will result in hundreds of links explaining all of the general information you will need to know to hire, sand, and finish your wooden floor. However, very few of these focus particularly heavily on the specific techniques, as well as the necessary hints and tips to effectively complete the sanding portion of the work. No need to fear though, as we are here to give you the lowdown on how to get that floor sanded and ready to be finished.

Furniture

The first and most obvious step is to get your room clear and ready to sand. You want to remove any furniture that might get in your way, or that would get damaged by the excess dust created by the sander.

Safety precautions

Safety is paramount when using heavy duty material, as it is very easy to injure yourself if you aren’t careful. Make sure to wear a dust mask, as well eye protection, and treat the machinery with the respect it deserves

Hazard check

With the room clear and your safety prep done, you will want to check the floor for potential hazards such nails, screws, or really any other obstructions. If there are nails you can either remove them (although this may leave a hole), or alternatively nail them further into the wood so they won’t affect the sander. These sorts of hazards can not only lead to problems with the floor, but can also damage the machinery, and the last thing you want is to have to pay to repair or replace an industrial sander, as the bill will be fairly substantial.

Practice

Before you tackle the main body of the floor it is a good idea to practice with the sanders to get used to the weight, power and movement of the individual machines on a less often seen area of the floor, or some scrap wood if you have it. It is certainly better to mess up an area that can easily be hidden than something that you’ll have to see every day.

Technique

For the drum sander (or whatever machine you choose to use for the main area of the floor) you want to position yourself on one side of the room, and gradually manoeuvre the sander part of the machine onto the wood and as it makes contact begin slowly traversing the floor, ensuring to stay on each sector of the floor for around the same amount of time to get the same amount of wood stripped away across the whole floor, leaving a consistent surface. Once you have done this for the whole floor, you will want to make another pass with a finer grit of sandpaper, and repeat through various gradients of increasingly fine sandpaper.

On the edge
The sander you’ve used will likely be too big for the edges of the floor, so you will need to employ an edge sander to achieve the same texture in the harder to reach areas, essentially employing the same technique, only with the smaller handheld unit. Once you’ve done this, barring some need for fine sanding you will be ready to clean up and apply a finish.

These techniques are obviously very specific to this task, but if you follow this advice and keep these hints and tips at the forefront you will end up with a fantastic looking floor, ready to be finished, and all for a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional to do the work for you.

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