Why not uncover that hard wood floor and make it brand new again with floor sanding? Refinishing a wood floor in your home is not a job to take too lightly. It requires planning, preparation, a strong back, and time. How much time depends on whether you are merely applying a new finish, completely sanding and refinishing or preparing rough flooring. Be prepared to put the room out of service for a time and remove all furniture.
If starting from square one, be sure you plan ahead so that you do not have rental equipment sitting idle while you are preparing for the project. We can help you with planning and the selection of the right equipment and accessories to give your floor a show-house appearance. Our trained staff will give you complete operating instructions as part of our service.
Top Tips for a Beautifully Finished Floor
Before the floors are sanded, these five steps should be observed:
- Wear clean, soft-soled shoes
- Remove all furniture, pictures, shades, etc. from the room
- Fasten loose boards, replace broken boards, countersink nail heads where needed
- Remove base shoe mouldings. This makes it possible to sand close to the wall. Be careful not to break mouldings
- Open all windows; close doors of adjoining rooms
There are three phases of sanding: Rough sanding; preparatory sanding and finish sanding. For rough sanding use coarse sandpaper such as #24 or #40 grit. Be sure dust bag is securely attached to dust pipe on the sander. Lower drum gently at the start and raise smoothly at the end of each path. Raise and lower the sander drum while moving – never at a standstill. Pass the sander slowly over the floor going with the grain of the wood.
Start at one wall and move straight to the opposite wall. Then, walking backwards, pass the sander back along the same path. Each complete pass (forth and back) should overlap previous pass by 3 inches. Never stop forward or reverse motion of machine while the drum is in contact with the floor. Empty the dust bag often for best vacuuming results. Use an edger to sand borders, closets and stairs. Start near corner by baseboard, working outward to blend with edges of board areas.
Eliminate Rough Finish
Roll edger parallel with wall doing about an 18" section at a time. In preparatory sanding, use medium sandpaper such as #60 or #80 grit. The purpose of this operation is to eliminate roughness caused by the coarse sandpaper used to remove the old finish. Sand in the same way as the first passes and where possible work away from outlets rather than toward them.
Hang the cord over your shoulder to keep path clear and to prevent damage to the cord. Again, use the edger to sand the borders, closets and stairs. All traces of old coatings should now be gone. Use fine sandpaper such as #100 grit to finish and give a perfectly smooth surface. Though the floor may appear smooth enough after the second sanding, this fine sanding is absolutely essential – so don't skip it!
Getting a Mirror Finish
Sand the floors in the same manner as the first two passes. Use the edger with the same grade sandpaper as the sander. Examine the floor for any marks left and smooth out. Clean-up is very important. Sweep up and vacuum all sanding dust and use a tack cloth to pick up tiny dust particles. Apply finish according to the manufacturer’s directions. Remember to clean up the residue (vacuum and tack cloth) each time before applying finish. We can help you by providing the right floor equipment, instructions, and accessories to give you a sparkling refinished floor.