Tips on Sanding Hardwood Floors

We have all heard that hardwood floors need to be sanded but why and just how important is it. Without doubt, the process of sanding hardwood floors takes time and effort. During the sanding process, rooms fill with dust, the machines are noisy, and the overall event unpleasant. For this reason, many people bypass the sanding process but now, we want to talk about why this is good for hardwood.

Reduce the Need for Sanding

First, if you take good care of your hardwood floors, the need for sanding is greatly diminished. This means using only a broom or soft-bristle brush attachment for the vacuum cleaner, using only products recommended by the manufacturer, and making sure the floor has a good top coat of finish for protection. That way, you will not have to go through sanding often, if at all.

Sanding can Help Some Floors

However, when floors are not cared for properly or when they become old, the surface becomes dull. In addition, sanding can help remove scratches, gouges, dents, and other imperfections caused from daily wear and tear. An important thing to keep in mind is that while sanding hardwood floors can breathe new life into them, too much sanding is bad. For instance, if you have thin oak floors, every time you sand, you are removing wood.

Check Plank Thickness

One of the first things you want to check before you start sanding your hardwood floors is how thick the planks are so you know if they can sustain sanding. For this, you simply remove the baseboard along with any other molding. You want to be careful in this instance since sanding excessively or sanding thin wood such as parquet could mean you end up sanding all the way to the subfloor. If this happens, then an area or perhaps the entire floor would have to be repaired or replaced. Instead, you can always rent an electric buffer, which would help without sanding down the wood.

Prep the Area

Another important tip when it comes to sanding hardwood floors are making sure you have your room and home prepared. Again, while the sandy process is necessary, it is messy. For this reason, it is essential that everything to include furniture, rugs, lamps, curtains, clothes, etc, be moved to another room. In addition, you want to make sure the doorway is covered with heavy plastic and the door closed so little dust seeps out into other rooms.

Typically, hardwood floors are sanded by a professional, again to ensure the sanding is done to perfection so no damage occurs. Then once done, you would need to clean not just the room where the hardwood floors are located, but the whole house since dust will settle. The outcome is a beautiful room with brand new looking floors to enjoy.