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How to Sand a Floor in 6 Steps

Posted on February 21st, 2014 In: Floor Sanding and Finishing News

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Wooden floors are undoubtedly an attractive feature of any home, offering something different from the drab carpets or linoleum flooring that has dominated interior design trends in years gone by. Very much en vogue in recent times, it can have a positive effect on the decor, as well as the value of your home. But how do you actually sand a floor if you’ve never done it before?

Step 1: Empty the room

As obvious as it sounds, the first thing to do is to make sure the area you want to sand is clear of all furniture, carpet, and generally anything that could get in the way. The room should be totally empty.

Step 2: Practice

The best to way to get acquainted with the feel and the weight of a sander is to try it out. Take a spare piece of wood, or an area of the floor that you won’t have on show once the room is finished. Try out the sander until you feel comfortable using it on the main floor. Remember, whatever you sand cannot be undone, so take your time.

Step 3: Sand!

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Take the drum sander or belt sander (depending on what equipment you’ve chosen) and use careful, fluid, circular motions with a very coarse grit to strip away any existing finish or treatment, and then move down to a medium-coarse grit, working down through grits to a medium fine grit, all while ensuring not to go against the grain of the wood. The aim is for the floor to be sanded to an even level throughout.

Step 4: Edge sanding

Use a smaller edge sander to even up those areas that the larger sander was unable to reach in order to have an even texture across the wood.

Step 5: Fine sanding

Once the heavy duty work is finished, it is time for some finesse. The large scale sander will leave certain scratches and marks on the floor, but a rotary buffer, or small fine sander, or even just sanding by hand will help put the finishing touches to the sanding element of revitalising your wooden floor.

Step 6: Finishing touches

With the sanding complete, it is time to decide on how you want to finish your floor. However, first comes the clean up. Do not apply any finish until the room is free of dust, although this can be done by simply using a household vacuum. There are a number of options available for finishing your floor, including lacquer, varnish, and staining. Which option is most appropriate will depend on what effect you wish to achieve, but whatever you opt for, the result will be a stylish, modern look for you floor, which will compliment your home, regardless of how it is decorated.

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