Sanded Wooden Floors – How to Transform your Home
It’s that time of year again, when DIY enthusiasts emerge from their winter cocoon and begin making plans and starting work on their homes. In home improvement stores all over the country people are looking for items which can help them make their home look exactly the way they want. However, while many will gather in the garden furnishing aisle, or by the paint supplies, the one place there will always be a queue is at the hire counter as eager customers come in droves for the floor sanding equipment. But as a novice, it can be hard to know what equipment you need and how to undertake the work. Fortunately, it’s much more straightforward than you might think.
Check your floor
The first step before doing absolutely anything else is to make sure you have an appropriate floor for sanding. As obvious as it sounds, hundreds of people every year pull back their carpets after having paid to hire the appropriate equipment, only to find their wooden floor is damaged and not suitable to be sanded, or worse that the floor they assumed was made of wood, but failed to check, is actually made from concrete. So, it is always worth checking that you have the right floor to sand, before visiting a floor sanding professional.
Hire and Hire
There is no point in buying the equipment for sanding you floor, as the machines are expensive and will likely not be something you will use often. As such, hiring the equipment is the best option. Most hire shops have a limited quantity of industrial sanders, so you will want to book them well in advance and make sure you have help on hand to collect them, as the machinery (the drum sander especially) can be very heavy and cumbersome. In terms of what machines you need the hire shop will be able to help with the details, but in general a drum sander, and edge sander are necessities for this work, with the vibrating sander an optional hire for helping to finish the floor.
The actual sanding process is fairly straightforward. You need to ensure you’re comfortable with the machines before starting on the main area of the floor, so you need to make sure that you practice first. Also, you will want to make sure you follow the instructions provided carefully, and treat the machines with respect. As a health and safety note, a dust mask and eye protection should be worn to avoid injury.
Finishing with a flourish
The final step in your floor sanding journey is the finish. A stain is possible to be added in some cases to change the colour of the wood, but this will depend on whether it is compatible with the finish you’ve chose. Again, the hire shop will be able to advise on the best finish for the effect you want, but in most circumstances it is a polyurethane varnish that you will want, which can be applied with a synthetic brush.
Of course this is merely a basic guide to the key steps involved with sanding and finishing your floor. However, if you follow these, as well as the instructions of floor sanding professionals you will undoubtedly find yourself with a reinvigorated and refinished floor which you can be proud of, for a fraction of the cost of hiring someone to do the work for you.