The Basics of Sanding Floorboards
We are living in a world of environmental awareness and higher standards of hygiene than have existed in previous decades. As a result, homeowners are tending to go for a much more Scandinavian look when they furnish their homes. Carpets are out and bare floorboards are in, because most wooden floors are easy to keep clean and always look great.
Bona, Junckers, Osmo and Blanchon are amongst the leading Scandinavian manufacturers of specialist sanding equipment designed to do a first rate job on any wooden floor. Heavy upright sanders now collect the dust effectively; so dustless floor sanding is now a reality, although it is still prudent to wear a mask when operating any sander.
The heavy upright has an enormous drum around which is wrapped a length of sandpaper that is secured in place with a metal strip. This machine is rolled across the floorboards at least five times to give the initial sanding, with the paper regularly being changed from coarse to fine as it progresses. Next, a smaller industrial sander is used to get right into the corners and edges, before everything is dusted off in preparation for wood-stain and varnish.
A wood floor restoration, if carried out properly, will result in an extremely tough and durable surface. The shade of wood-stain you choose will be determined by a combination of your personal taste and the existing decor. Any reputable floor sanding company will be happy to offer expert advice at all stages of the process.