Floor Sanding and Finishing Advice
A great way of injecting new life into your house is to expose the floorboards and restore them to their natural glory. The age of fitted carpets is on the wane and there is a new spirit of eco friendliness and green awareness in the air. Wood is the perfect natural material and has been used by man for millennia. The world’s forests are now being managed much more effectively and it is the perfect time to display your own green credentials, as well as your exquisite taste, of course, by stripping out your carpets, sanding wooden floors and bringing out all natural beauty they have to offer.
Before starting on a room, you need to hammer down any projecting nails, secure loose pieces of wood. Next, fill in any gaps with slivers of wood for the wider ones and wood filler for smaller cracks. The machinery necessary for sanding can be rented from most good tool hire companies. You will need two pieces of equipment, a heavy upright sander and a slightly smaller, lighter one. You should also purchase sandpaper; you will need a reasonable quantity, depending on the state of the floorboards.
First use the upright sander to take the top layers off, working across the grain and then in parallel with the boards, going over them about five times until they are smooth. Change the sandpaper regularly, working down from course to fine. Finally, use the smaller sander to work around the edges of the room. This is a noisy job and takes some muscle, as the machines pull quite strongly, but dust is efficiently collected in bags for recycling and the end result will be a smooth wooden surface, ready for the application of wood-stain and varnish.