The Art of Fine Sanding
Sanded wooden floors have a number of huge advantages which have been well documented, in terms of adding value to a property, as well as warmth and aesthetic benefits. So once you make the decision to hire the necessary sanding equipment, and to undertake the work (or to get a professional in to do it for you), what do you do need to get the desired finish in your home? Well, this is where fine sanding by hand comes into play.
What is fine sanding?
Fine sanding is essentially the practice of using smaller pieces of sandpaper with a finer grit after the floor has been worked on with a drum sander. This will help to refine the surface, and even out any scuffs or scratches from the machinery, as well as any mill marks already present in the wood itself.
Why do I need my floor fine sanding?
The purpose of fine sanding is twofold. Firstly, it allows for an even and consistent textured effect on the surface which will be invaluable if you want to stain the floor at a later date. Secondly, it greatly improves the aesthetic quality of the floor – always a goal in home improvement.
What will I need?
Ideally when fine sanding, it is advisable to begin with a coarser grit, something in the P60 – P80 range, but certainly no higher than 80 to begin with. This will take out some of the more heavy duty marks or patches where the sander hasn’t quite achieved a consistent level. From there, it is a case of descending downwards through finer grits, although after around P180 to P220 there will be little to no visible difference.
Is it worth it?
Absolutely. Fine sanding can take a sanded wooden floor that looks good, and make it look great. Aside from being cheap and relatively easy to do, the transformation it has on the floor is sublime, meaning that staining goes from being an option to a luxury. Staining is of course something which can prolong the life of a floor, but this is a job that can be delayed with fine sanding. As with all sanding jobs, there is no substitute for professional advice, and sometimes getting the professionals in is the wisest decision. But fine sanding is definitely worthwhile for a perfect wooden floor.