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Making Every Sanding a Positive Experience

Posted on November 20th, 2010 In: Blog, Floor Renovations Blog

Happy guy sitting on the sofa after jis nice dark floor was sanded and sealedWhen you feel that your old wood floor sanding has lost its shiny looks it is time to renovate your old floor. Since you can’t afford a professional, you decide to do it yourself.
As you set about it you’ll find that floor sanding is the toughest part of the job. But if you take it in the right spirit you’ll find that sanding can be a positive experience after all.

The preliminaries

The first thing to do is to hire a sanding floors machine from the nearest rental store and bring it home. Then make a final inspection of your floor for tacks, nails and similar things and remove them right away. The first chore is over. You look around and nod your head in satisfaction. Now you can go ahead and sand that floor.

The sanding experience

You do the sanding in 3-4 cuts with various abrasive grits, depending on the state of your floor. With the first cut you get rid of the old finish and level floor all along the room, removing both low and high spots. You find that this initial heavy sanding has made severe scratch marks.

The second cut removes the roughness of the initial cut and smoothen any remaining scratch marks. In the process, you also eliminate any previous finish not removed by the first cut. You watch with satisfaction after seeing the results of each cut. Then you do the final cut to get a real smooth finish that you can feel with your fingers.

Now that the worst part of the renovation is over, you look around with quiet pride. You are filled with satisfaction because you’ve done something for yourself, all by yourself. The sanding process has been a positive experience after all.

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