Timber floors are a must have as they add to your homes’ value. Timber floors are durable and appealing and when they start to wear and tear they can easily be restored to their original state with polishing and sanding. Timber floors are resistant to staining and moisture damage, easy to clean, and does not harbor dust mites or even odors. You can hire a professional or do the sanding on your own. You can restore your floor from scratches and scuffs so that it looks as good as new and it retains its original value. Here are floor sanding tips that can help your restore your floors’ glory.
- Get the right equipment
When it comes to floor sanding, you need to have the essential equipment with you. Floor sanding can either be done by hand or using special sanding machines. Floor sanding by hand can be time-consuming. Therefore, you need to lease or buy the right equipment to get the job done easily and quickly. The two types of sanding machines are the disc type and the drum type. The difference is that with a drum sander, you mount the sandpaper onto a cylindrical whereas, with the disc type, you mount the sandpaper on a circular disc.
- Make initial repairs
If you want your timber floor to have a new look, make sure that you repair any gouges or splits before sanding or polishing. Initials repairs help to make the job easier and less demanding. Also, see to it that you inspect metal nail heads before sanding. If you happen to come across any nail heads, make a point of countersinking them to avoid damaging the sander head or tearing up the sandpaper.
- Get the right sandpaper
Before you start sanding, make sure to choose the right sandpaper for the job. It is advisable that you choose sandpaper based on the size of its grits. Coarse grits are quicker but can leave visible scratches behind. Sanding with fine grits can take longer but leaves scratches that are not visible. Choose the size of the grits based on the nature of your floor. You can use both the course and fine grits, starting with the rough one and end with the finest. As such, you are likely to get a smooth result and allow sealant and stain to adhere in the right manner. It is good that you get consistent with the time you spend sanding any area since you might end up damaging the floor if you sand a particular area for too long.
- Check your floors’ depth
Before you think of floor sanding on your own, it is wise that you check the depth of your floor. If your floor is thin, consider looking for a reputable professional sander to assign the job. Thin floors can be difficult to sand if you do not have enough experience. Avoid sanding thin floors on your own because you can easily weaken the floors. Also, ensure that you remove quarter-round and baseboard trim before sanding. Floor sanding can lower the height of your floor creating a wide gap between the trim and the floor.