Hardwood Floors is Important
one of the most
difficult, yet satisfying processes involved with restoring hardwood
Sanding hardwood floors can really give them that extra touch
elegance that you’re looking for and it’s a process
you’ll have to go through,
unpleasant as it might be.
But does it have to be as unpleasant as
says? Not if you know what you’re doing…
The Advantages of Sanding Hardwood Floors
might be asking yourself, why
on Earth would you go through this obviously tough process of sanding
it’s really worth the effort and the extra cash (because
you’ll need some extra
for renting the special tools required by sanding).
The main advantage that sanding
brings on the table is the visual quality of your hardwood floor. And
face it, comfortable as it might be, a floor is nothing without its
And what gives hardwood flooring its good looks is a combination of
shine and color tone.
These qualities overlap in between the sanding
finishing processes, but it’s fair to say that it’s
sanding that brings out the
grain quality. Besides, sanding also makes your floor smoother, which
increase its comfort value.
Stuff You’ll Need for Sanding Hardwood Floors
equipment needed for sanding
might be a bit tricky, because it doesn’t contain just your
every day power
tools, you’ll also need some specific stuff that you can
either get at a
hardware shop or rent out for a few days at a rental.
We would advise
because buying the stuff doesn’t really make sense if you
only refinish your
hardwood floor every couple of years or so. Anyway, here’s
what you’ll need:
- sandpaper (at least three levels, with different
ratings – one heavy, one light and one that’s in
- a vacuum cleaner
- a buffer
- a sander
- an edger
- dust protection (goggles, masks, gloves, etc)
How Sanding Hardwood Floors Works
trick that separates a good
sanding from a bad one is how you apply the sandpaper and the
of each sandpaper layer. But before applying any of the stuff, make
floor is squeaky clean and that there are no nails and imperfections
Apply the heaviest sandpaper
layer and run the sander in even strokes. It will take some time and
make sure you’re comfortable doing this, otherwise you could
get a nasty back
ache. Once the first sandpaper layer is through with, choose a lighter
the third sanding, apply the lightest version you have.
still not getting the tint you need, you can apply some hardwood
or coating that can easily correct the problem.
You will notice that the sander
will not fit around the edges and corners, so you will need to grab the
hand-held edger and get to work.
There will be a lot of sand and
dust flying about the air, so you need to keep your protective gear on
times. Try not to let the dust move through the house, so block the
the room you’re working using wet towels or sheets.
How did your latest sanding project go?
Share Your Story / Tip with Other Visitors!
- Do you have a tip to make sanding go a little easier?
- In your last hardwood floor restoration project, how much time did you spend on sanding?