21 June 2012

A guide to sanding your own wood floor

A wood floor is more than just a decoration. It is investment which can add value to your property and therefore worth taking care of. Here you can see Wood Floors Online quick guide to sanding your own floor.

Prepare the floor

This is an essential and necessary step of cleaning your wood floor. So to begin with clear all the furniture out the room and ensure that any protruding nails are removed. Identify any gaps or loose boards and make the necessary repairs, ensuring the planks and any nails are flush.

Get Sanding

For this step using the right sanding machine is important. If you are going to sand your own wood floor perhaps renting a floor sanding machine is a better option than buying one which is very straight forward and much cheaper.

When sanding the floor boards you should start with coarse-grade sandpaper and work diagonally. Keep an eye out for old boards which have cupped and make sure you even them out.

Once the boards are even you can begin to work straight up and down them. Ensure that you tilt the sander right back off the floor when you turn to avoid stop marks. Once the first sanding is complete go around the edges and tricky spots thoroughly and vigorously with a hand sander.

Repeat the process with finer sandpaper and sweep up the dust. Then wipe the boards down with a white-spirit dampened cloth. 

The Finnish

Ensuring the floor is well cleaned is an essential step. Any dirt or grease left on the floor will be trapped in the staining and varnish.  

To put the finishing touches to your work you will need to apply stain, if that’s the effect you’re looking for, and then once dry add at least two coats of floor varnish.

A semi-matt finish looks more contemporary than a high gloss. When choosing varnish, or lacquer as it is known in the trade, you can go for oil-based, which is hardwearing but can crack as the boards dry, or water-based that won't crack but will wear.

Other factors to consider

You can strip floorboards yourself, but the work is hard and very dirty. It’s also easy to ruin a floor with bad sanding techniques if you don't know what you are doing, so consider getting professional help. 

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