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The Definitive Guide to Wood Stripping and Sanding

Posted on April 16th, 2014 In: Floor Sanding Blogs

refinishing a hardwood floorHardwood floors are very fashionable at the moment, but what most people don’t realise is that lurking underneath their carpet, lino, or engineered laminate flooring could be exactly the answer to your flooring needs. Your wooden floors could be ready and waiting to be refinished, and using a few simple tips and tricks it needn’t necessarily be an expensive process. Make sure your boards are appropriate The first and probably most important tip I can give it to ascertain whether your floors are appropriate to be refinished. Most wooden floors are able to be sanded and turned into a great feature for you home, but if the floor has dry rot, or the boards are damaged it is pointless to spend your time and money on doing the work when you will need to replace the boards anyway. Speak to a pro There are no shortage of professional floor sanding experts who are able to give advice on how you can undertake the work, but it is always worth bearing in mind that it may not be the correct course of action to do the work yourself. It may be that your circumstances are more suited to paying a professional to do the work for you, although obviously this will be more expensive than doing it yourself. In addition, if you choose not to hire a professional, it is worth consulting one to get advice on the correct equipment you will need. What machines? One of the most frequently asked questions about hardwood flooring is what machines are the best to undertake the work with. As a general rule, I always recommend three main pieces of equipment; the drum sander, the edge sander, and the vibrating sander. The drum sander The drum sander is a pretty heavy duty machine, and needs careful handling, as well as more than one pair of hands to lift it into your vehicle. This will do the majority of the hard work on the floor, although you need to watch out for gouges and divots in the wood that it may cause due to the power of the machine itself. The edge sander The edge sander is very much what it sounds like, getting into the hard to reach places that the larger machinery can’t. However, it is important to point out that the edge sander is not appropriate for sanding large areas of the floor as it will take several hours and there are far more effective alternatives available. The vibrating sander Finally the vibrating sander is used for working out any imperfections or gouges caused by the drum sander. In all honesty the vibrating sander is not a necessity, and some experts will not be in favour of it, but from my point of view it is a really useful item, and helps prepare the floor for applying the finish. These are a simple, but effective tips to effectively sand your floor, and if you follow these you will be able to breathe new life into your ailing floor. For more hardwood floor sanding tips check out this recent blog post.

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