Is your timber floor looking old, faded, and worn? Some people might think it best to replace the whole floor or tile on top of the wood floor. Unless it’s a really thin timber floor that can’t be salvaged, it might do to give it a good sanding and refinishing to have it looking shiny and brand new again. Floor – a floor sanding company in Brisbane – shows you how the sanding can be done.
As a test to see if your floors really need to be refinished, you can put some drops or spray some drops of water on the floor. If the water doesn’t get absorbed by the floor but stay as globules on top of the floor, it just might need a re-polish. If the water gets absorbed by the floor right away, it’s a sign that the old finish is not doing its job of protecting the floor anymore. If you leave the floor like that for a while, it can be irreparably damaged by moisture and frequent foot traffic. If timber flooring has been surface damaged, stained, or waxed previously, it’s best to sand the floor to the natural untouched wood. Broken timber planks that have been replaced should also be sanded to the same level of the bare wood as the original floor boards.
First of all, determine what type of timber flooring you have. If you have a solid hardwood timber floor that is at least 2 cm thick, it can be sanded again by you or professionals. Some engineered wood that’s not a full solid hardwood can be re-sanded but only once or twice as it’s not as thick as a pure solid hardwood. Some engineered wood cannot be sanded at all so really make sure you know your timber floor. It’s also better to let professionals sand engineered wood as there is little room for mistakes on the sandable engineered wood.
Prepare the area to be sanded. Remove all the furniture and decor that can be moved. You should have access to the whole floor. Any furniture that can’t be moved out of the room should be covered to protect from sanding dust. Remove ventilation covers if you can and cover the holes with a cloth and tape that prevents sand from entering the ventilation holes. Doors and baseboards should be removed to reveal the whole floor.
Examine the floor closely to look for nails or anything jutting out above the surface of the boards. The nail heads should be well below the timber floor surface. Anything jutting out will damage the sander and will prevent the even sanding of the floor. Close off the area being sanded to prevent dust from spreading all over the house. Plastic curtains can be used over doorways and windows to seal off any areas.
If you’re doing the sanding job yourself, you can rent the necessary machine sanders like a large orbital sander to sand your floor. It should have a vacuum attachment to catch most of the dust from sanding while the machine is running. Remember to wear eye protection, ear protection, and breathing protection. Gloves and knee pads are also advisable to use. Don’t forget to wear appropriate shoes with laces that won’t get caught in the sanding machine. If you have hard to reach areas with a big sander, additionally rent a smaller sander that will fit in those areas. Always read the machine’s manual before using. Buy the appropriate attachments and the correct sandpaper – coarse, medium, and fine grit.
You will need to start with the coarse grit sandpaper first going over all the areas from one end of the floor to the other end. You must sand going with the grain of the planks. As soon as you turn the sanding machine on, move it right away so it doesn’t stay in one area. If you let it sit while running in certain areas, the sanding job will be uneven and it can even damage the timber. If you finish sanding one side, move the machine over to the un-sanded area next to it and continue down the grain. Go at an even pace. Edges and hard-to-reach areas can be done with a hand sander using the same grit sandpaper. Thoroughly vacuum the floor with a soft brush attachment to get rid of the dust from the first pass.
If there are unsightly holes or large indents in the floor, this will be the time to fill them with wood filler with the same colour as the timber floor. Let it dry thoroughly then do a second sanding pass with the medium grit sandpaper. Vacuum thoroughly again and then do a third and final pass with the fine grit sandpaper. Vacuum for the last time and you’re set to put on the finish.
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Sanding can save your floor and refinishing it can protect it for a decade or more. If your floor still has a warranty on it, you should not touch it and let the company that the warranty is from refinish or fix your floor. Otherwise go ahead and sand and refinish it yourself or by a professional if needed.