Step by Step Guide to Sanding, Staining and Finishing Wood Floors
A real wooden floor is often covered by carpets thus hidden the rich quality of the wood. By sanding and then staining or polishing the floor, the whole room can transformed into an expensive-looking and attractive area. But old wood floors tend to lose their shine and become dull looking. It is a good idea to restore your floor to its shining condition. Here is a step by step guide to do it.
Preparation of the room
As a first step prepare room by removing the entire furniture and wall hangings from the room. Install an exhaust fan on a window as it will create a negative pressure so that the dust won’t move out of the room to be prepared.
Sanding the floor
A 100 grit abrasive screen is to be installed on the sanding floor and the polisher. Move back and forth floor crossways in passes that overlap along the room. Then vacuum and sweep the floor after which instpect it. The floor must have a dull finish without the wear patterns, stains or scratches being noticeable. Repeat the process if necessary. In the perimeter areas missed by the polisher, use a random orbit electric sander fixed with a sanding sponge or fine sandpaper. Remove all the resultant dust..
Wipe the whole floor throoughly using a fine cloth moistened with spirit. Don’t forget to carefully clean the cracks and the perimeter. Then with a professional quallity 5″ brush apply a coat of finish evenly following the dirction of wooden planks, working in 2 feet strips at a time.