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How to Sand a Wooden Floor

One of the amazing things about the wood floors is that can be sanded down and refinished to regain a beautiful appearance. You can hire an expert to do this if you want, but the reality is that there is nothing here that you could not do yourself. Sanding wooden floors just takes a little patience and following a certain process to get results that you will be proud of. Here is an easy step-by-step guide that will help you to achieve a professional finish.

You could actually sand a wooden floor entirely by hand if you wanted to. But the best way to go is to use a belt sander which can be found very easily at your nearest tool-hire store. Or, if your budget permits, you can purchase a suitable belt sander yourself. Our advice is to use drum type sander which takes sanding belts, as this would generally produce the best results. Some people really use a disk sander instead but these are not suitable for large areas. But they can be very useful for edging.

Belt or drum sanders are used in the same way that you would use a lawn mower. You carry out your sanding in strips, in alignment with the wood grain. But one thing you will find is that belt sanders cannot get close to walls. For these hard to reach areas you will need an edging tool or a hand held disc sander. These are generally available from tool hire stores, or you can purchase from your nearest DIY store.

Depending on the initial state of the floor you will generally need to kick off with a fairly coarse or medium grit sanding belt. If you are sanding away previously applied varnish then a coarse grit will achieve the best results. Once the top layer has been removed then you will want to use a lighter grit to achieve the desired smooth finish.

Before commencing with the belt sander its essential that you go over the wooden floor looking out for any tacks or nails which might be protruding. These need to be either removed or knocked into the wood. Not doing so will ruin your sanding belt and that can be costly.

With each stroke of the belt sander its worth inspecting the floor to make certain that you are removing just the surface of the wood. You should ensure that you don’t overly apply the belt sander in any specific area as you can quickly sand all the way through the floor boards. It’s also important to be cautious around any pipework that connects to radiators as a coarse grit sandpaper will quickly cut a hole in copper pipes.

Another consideration is the application of varnish remover before commencing with the sanding process. Stripping varnish is a tough and laborious job and often the best results are achieved by using sanding tools and progressively finer grit sanding belts.

It is always essential that you use the best quality sanding belts and discs. Cheap sanding belts simply do not last very long. They clog easily and can often tear. So take care to only use high quality sanding belts and you will certainly achieve a very professional finish.

Once sanded to a smooth finish you are then ready to apply the fresh wood finish that your interior design scheme is calling for.