Sanding a hardwood floor can produce a beautiful result, if it’s done correctly. However, sanding a floor the right way takes time and attention to detail. You can’t just rent a sander from your local hardware store and expect to have professional results. Effective sanding is a methodical process, and you should follow the proper steps to get a good result.
Here are some things Hilltown Hardwood Flooring pays close attention to when sanding your wood floor:
- We make sure the floor is prepared correctly. That means if the floor previously had a rug on it, we must remove all tacks or staples that held the rug down. Also, we make sure to hammer down all nails that are protruding. Remove all adhesives that might have been used to hold the rug in place. These items can damage the sander.
- We ensure that we are using the right kind of sandpaper. For the first pass, we use a coarse paper. Usually 40 grit will do the job properly. A paper that is too coarse will scratch the wood, but too fine will not take off old coatings or smooth the floor enough. For the final sanding, we use a much finer paper, usually around 100 grit.
- We fill holes and replace any rotted boards after using the coarse sander. This is the point in the process where we also make any repairs.
- Take proper safety precautions when we apply the finish. The fumes from some of these oils are highly toxic, so we must wear a proper respirator mask.
Remember that sanding is not always the answer. Sometimes a sanding job will expose rotting wood, and make the wood look different. Also, some floors cannot take more than a few sanding treatments. If your floor has been sanded before, you may be at your limit. To be sure, have the professionals at Hilltown Hardwood Flooring come out for a no obligation evaluation of your wood floors condition.