Timber floor sanding is a fairly straight forward process, however many mistakes can be made by those who don’t have the relevant experience. A solid or engineered wood flooring is a significant investment in any home, so it is best not to risk a DIY project on this one. If you don’t have the right tools, knowledge and experience then you can make very costly mistakes if attempting this yourself. These mistakes include achieving an uneven finish, or taking off too much from the wood surface which reduces the ability of the timber to be sanded in future.
What Steps Are Involved?
Sanding hardwood floors is a multi-step process and each step needs careful attention to ensure the final result meets expectations. There are many techniques involved in sanding wooden floors, and with years of experience in the industry Glowood knows them all.
The first step in any wooden floor rejuvenation is preparation. This step includes clearing the area, and removing sealants or adhesives that may be on the wood itself. Some adhesives can clog sanding paper and machines. This can result in a less effective sand or even make a floor impossible to sand.
Once the floor has been prepared, it should be coarse sanded to remove the uppermost part of the wood. The depth of the coarse sand will depend on the wood species but also the presence of scratches, dents and imperfections that need to be removed. Those areas that cannot be reached, such as flooring close to walls and corners can be sanded with specialty equipment.
After the coarse sanding is complete, the next step is of course the fine sanding process. Before this is started, the flooring area should be closely inspected to ensure all imperfections were removed by the coarse sand. The fine sanding process will remove the rough texture left behind after the coarse sand.
Once the sanding is complete and the area has been thoroughly cleaned to remove dust, the staining and sealing process can begin. We have a range of low VOC stains and will patch test the stain to ensure you are happy with the final color before completing the entire area.
Finally the area should be polished. This step is important to ensure a warm finishing to the wood that reflects your level of desired gloss.
Although these processes seem reasonably straight forward, we (and many other flooring authorities) recommend involving a professional who knows what they are doing, is experienced and has the right equipment to achieve a good result. If you would like to know more about our process please contact us on 03 9021 3724 or at our contact page.