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How to Sand a Hardwood Floor in 5 Easy Steps

Posted on May 15th, 2014 In: Floor Renovations Blog

floor sanding tipsSanding a wooden floor is an increasingly popular way of increasing the value of many people’s homes, as it is a quick and easy way to improve a floor. However, while hiring a professional to do the work may seem like the only option initially, it is in fact much simpler than you might think to do the work yourself. Here are five steps that will help you get an overview of how the work is done.

Preparing the room

As much as it seems like an obvious step and that you wouldn’t need to mention it, it is surprising how many people don’t realise the need to prepare a room for sanding. This includes checking that your floor is actually suitable to be re-finished (this includes replacing any damaged boards); removing any furniture or obstacles, and removing curtains and anything else that could be damaged by dust.

Getting the equipment

Professional advice is always going to be useful when undertaking a task that you’re not familiar with, especially when it requires the use of heavy duty machinery. Sanding your floor is no different, and because of the equipment involved it is even more important. Industrial strength sanders are no readily available from most hire shops, or at least not in large quantities, so you will need to book them significantly in advance of the date you actually want to sand your floor.

Sanding

When you actually have the machines, and you’ve brought them home from the hire shop, it is time to get down to business and sand your floor. The first thing you need to do is practice on an area of your floor which might usually be hidden by furniture (unless you have scrap wood to work on, which is even better).  This allows you to ensure that you are comfortable before working on the main body of the floor. Actually sanding the floor is fairly simple, just requiring a lot of patience, and the use of smooth, non-jerky movements.

Clean up

Another seemingly obvious point, but it is vital that you clean up all excess dust caused by sander before attempting your finish to avoid having an incredibly problematic time when you apply the stain or finish.

Finishing

Perhaps the second most important part of this process is the finish. There are numerous options available for this, including applying a stain to change the colour of the wood, or just using a protective finish. However, the most common is polyurethane which is essentially a varnish, making your floor shiny and glossy, as well as sealing it to help protect from spillages or unwanted marks. This is generally applied with a synthetic brush, although obviously other methods can be employed. Ask a professional when you hire your machinery about which finish might achieve the look you are after for your floor.

In the end, these 5 steps are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to re-finishing your wooden floor, and there are numerous option, and possible different methods that can be implemented to achieve the finished article that you desire. However, if you follow these 5 basic steps you will end up with a floor that has been taken from a lacklustre, often hidden aspect of your home, to a standout feature that you can be proud of.

For more floor sanding tips take a look at our blog posts.

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