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How to prepare a wooden floor for sanding

Date posted: 19 September 2012

Wooden floors are an excellent way to add some character to a room while also making it look more authentic and classic, but before you rush out to buy new wooden flooring you might want to consider if you can sand down the existing floorboards to restore them back to their original best.

The easiest way to do this is to look at hiring a floor and edging sander as these are the tools needed to help you accomplish this task.

Once you have hired your floor sanding machines, you are going to need to prepare the room before you start sanding.

Follow these steps to get the room ready :

  • Remove all fragile items along with any furniture which is easy to move or at least clear half the room, so that you have an open space to work with.  
  • You also will want to take the curtains down to prevent any dust and dirt going on them that the sanding process kicks up. 
  • To protect cupboards or doors you will want to tape plastic sheets over all exposed surfaces. 
  • To protect your health, make sure you wear a breathing mask, ear defenders and suitable clothing. 
  • The next task that you will have to do also involves preparation of the floorboards and checking them carefully to make sure you have removed all hazards from them.
  • Ensure that all loose nails that cannot be removed are hammered down to below the surface of the wood and that any loose objects are removed otherwise there is a risk that the sanding sheets used by the floor sander may tear and have to be replaced.  

Finally, you will be ready to start work so long as you have taken some time to read over the manual or safety instructions that come with the floor sander hire equipment. Choose the right grade sanding sheet and place it on the floor sander making sure that it is tight so that it does not slip while you are using it. 

Place the floor sander against the wall and slowly start to work down the floor. You will want to sand in the same direction of the grain and start from one side of the room slowly making progress in straight lines until you reach the other wall.

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