When sanding a floor, there are a few floor sanding tips you should know. Before sanding a wooden floor, you should make sure that the floor is made of solid wood planks instead of realistic laminate.
Take the time to remove any floor coverings before you begin and remove all furniture and carpets from the room. You should also clean the room thoroughly, as a clean work surface is essential. After removing the carpet and cleaning the floor, you can now move on to the next step – sanding the floor.
Doing It By Hand
We recommend looking into an edge sander, which is a smaller handheld unit. Using an edge sander can save you time and energy, by achieving the same texture in hard-to-reach areas. While you can sand a wood floor with an edge sander, you must make sure that the laminate layer is not too thick. This is crucial because it can cause damage to the floor sander and will ruin it. Hence, you should start with a small area first.
Always use a sander in the same direction as the grain when sanding a floor. It is not recommended to sand a cross-grain floor as this will cause gouges and tear the sanding belt. The same applies if the floor has a large amount of unevenness or is extremely scarred. For these reasons, you should use coarse grit.
Choosing the correct sandpaper depends on the material. You need to choose the best sandpaper for your hardwood floor, because a wood floor is made up of multiple species. The most common way to sand a wood floor is to use a sandpaper with a coarse grit. Afterwards, you should sand the rest of the wood in a smoother way.
Sanding A Floor
When sanding hardwood flooring, you must be consistent. This is one of the most challenging aspects of the task, so make sure to follow the grain. In addition, make sure to sand the floor from top to bottom because leaving uneven areas will cause a “picture frame” effect. Once the stain or finish is applied, this effect won’t show up. It will be a bit of a pain in the neck, but the final result will be worth it!
When sanding wood floors, make sure to empty the dust collection bags before you leave the job as this will prevent marks on the floor. Then, repeat the steps above until the floor is perfectly smooth. If you’re sanding the floor, make sure to keep your sanding machine in motion to avoid the creation of scuff marks. Once you’ve sanded your floor, you can now start applying the new coating.
To ensure you are safe and comfortable while sanding the floor, wear eye protection. While using a sander, remember that the wood dust it produces is highly toxic so you should use protective gloves and a face-mask. Be sure to take a break from the project from time to time to prevent any illness!
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