Wood Floor Sanding Mistakes To Avoid

Read our article below about common floor sanding mistakes and how to avoid them:

  • Uneven surfaces
  • Ridges and holes
  • Disappointing results

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Sanding A wooden Floor

If you are thinking of sanding your floors yourself then there are many pitfalls to look out for and avoid. Even when hiring someone you need to be aware of these common mistakes and make sure your professional really is a professional!

What Are The Common Mistakes

There are many things that could go wrong when sanding your wooden floors and these include, hiring poor quality machinery, ending up with uneven surfaces, ridges, holes and scratches, all of which hold onto dirt over time and become very hard to clean. The finish has to be right too, you want to avoid that horrible orange glow - make sure your sealant is right.

Hiring Quality Machinery

Sanding a wooden floor and getting a professional finish is extremely hard, but you can give yourself a bit more of a chance if you are not a professional floor sander by at least starting out with the correct equipment.

You will need to hire high quality machinery, firstly a sander with good dust capture and one that can cope with the hardest jobs easily. You will also need a good quality edging machine, and lastly a finishing/buffing machine.

The buffing machine is used to create a wonderful smoothness on the floor and give it a professional finish.

These items of machinery can be expensive to hire so make sure you are confident that you can do a good job before shelling out the cost.

What Can Go Wrong?

When a floor is finished badly it will have uneven surfaces that are very prone to wear. If your floor has been sanded badly it will have holes, scratches, uneven areas and ridges. All of these areas hold on to dirt and become black and filled with everyday dirt. The floor then becomes unsightly and very hard to clean.

A professionally sanded floor will have a lovely smooth surface with no ridges or uneven areas. Once finished a mop will glide effortlessly over the surface. It can be extremely hard to get this finish is you are not experienced and in that case it is best to hire a professional floor sander.

How to avoid these problems

Well the safest and easiest way to avoid all the problems above is to hire a professional. If you are thinking of sanding the floor yourself you have to weight up the cost of hiring the machinery, the difficulty of the process and the cost of repairing any damage - should the process go wrong. Once you look at all these things you may decide it is easier to hire a professional, which will save money on hiring, repairing damage and also give you a perfect beautiful finish.

If you are sure you want to do it yourself, we would suggest really reading up on the topic first, get all the knowledge you can. Scour the internet for tips and advice from others and make sure you research the best machinery.

If you are unsure about doing the job yourself and want to hire a professional then please contact us. All of our floors have a wonderfully smooth and attractive finish to them - with no holes, ridges or uneven surfaces!

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SANDING WOODEN FLOORS CHECKLIST

  • Virtually no dust made - latest updated equipment used
  • 3 coat lacquering system - rubbed down between coats to ensure a smooth floor and fine finish
  • Choice of lacquers - matt, semi gloss, gloss
  • Stains, oils, waxes all available (stain colours of your choice)
  • Floor board replacements undertaken
  • Filling of gaps, pin holes
  • Sanding of wooden staircases
  • Sanding of all wooden worktops
  • Fitting undertaken

wood floor sandingHOW DOES IT WORK?

The process for sanding and refinishing your wooden floors involves the following:

  1. First we will clean your flooring thoroughly in preparation for sanding.
  2. Sanding the wooden floors - next we begin sanding the wooden floor until all the old surface is removed and smoothed out.
  3. Staining the wooden floor - if you have decided to have the floor stained rather than leaving the natural colour of the wood then the wooden floor is now stained with one or two coats.
  4. Finishing the wooden floors - Once the staining is complete and dry the floors are coated and given a professional finish with a polyurethane lacquer. Once the floors are finished they will look amazing and you won't believe it is the same floor!

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