Wood flooring: DOs and DON’Ts

Posted on May 7th, 2014 In: Floor Sanding Blogs

floor sanding dos and don'tsWhen it comes to sanding you hardwood floors there are a multitude of option available to you.  From the different types of sander available, to the variety of stains and finishes to provide all kinds of different affects, the choices are plentiful. In fact, there is so much choice on offer that sometimes it can be confusing what you should and shouldn’t do when refinishing your floor. Luckily, we are here to provide you with a list of the big do’s and don’ts for sanding your floor.

Do think carefully about doing it yourself

It has never been easier to sand your wooden floor and give it the sort of finish that once upon a time would only have been only achievable by hiring a professional. Hiring the machines you will need is a simple process, with equipment available at very reasonable rates from your local hire shop. However, undertaking this work yourself is not always the best viable option. If you have children or pets the disruption caused by the work, including the amount of dust and the need for extra ventilation may be more trouble than it’s worth, and it might be worth spending the extra to hire a professional to do the work.

Don’t ignore professional advice

The professionals at the hire shop will be able to advise on the best options for you particular requirements, so always consult them first before undertaking the work.

Do get the right machines

If you are going to do the work yourself, you will want to make sure you are hiring the right machines. While there are various options available, I would always recommend that the three key pieces of equipment you will need are the drum sander, the edge sander, and the vibrating sander. Each plays a key role in getting the most out of your floor; the drum sander for the majority of the floor, the edge sander for the borders, and the vibrating sander for the fine sanding of the wood and removing of any divots or gouges caused during the sanding process.

Don’t forget to practice before you start.

Use a less visible area to practice on before you tackle the main body of the floor, it will only make it easier, and allow you to feel more comfortable with the equipment while also avoiding damaging your floor before you even get going.

Do make sure that you have taken all necessary safety precautions

While modern sanding equipment is much better designed when it comes to dust in recent years, there will always be a level of dust created by sanding a floor so it is imperative to make sure that you take the appropriate safety measures.  Eye protection and a dust mask are necessary evils when undertaking and sanding work to make sure that you don’t suffer any avoidable injuries.

Don’t lose sight of why you’re doing the work

Sanding your floor can be a time consuming process, and at points it will be challenging. However, the end results are transformative and will give you a floor fit to be the envy of your friends, so keep that end goal in mind if the going gets tough.

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