Floor Sanding Benefits

Before polishing the floor and coming up with a glossy finish, systematic floor sanding is the fundamental requirement. Floor sanding in Sunshine Coast has indeed conquered the hearts of property owners and prospective buyers, knowing that the moment they step inside their houses, an image is created on the floor which tells them that success and prosperity continually abide with their hard work and determination.

Steps and Procedures

  • Removing all existing floor coverings
  • Carefully eliminating protruding nails, staples and tacks in order not dent the timber floor
  • Ensuring that the floor is free from wax, grease, silicon, and oils because these foreign items will clog up the sandpaper and may cause the coating to be rejected.
  • Punching all nails 3mm below the timber to ensure a safe and smooth sanding
  • Double-checking the portion of the floor for deformities and uneven portions for this will affect the sanding process.
  • Making sure that all types of equipment are available to avoid delays
  • Being certain on how to operate the machinery used in floor sanding
  • Consulting your rental dealer about some concerns on following the manual especially on replacing the sandpaper.
  • Placing heavy sheets or plastic in the doorway to avoid dust and other particles from entering other rooms.

Tips in sanding a timber floor

  • Begin sanding in areas where there is low visibility because it is often difficult to perform the job on curves and corners of the house.
  • It is not necessary to remove skirting boards. Take care not to scratch them while floor sanding and edging.
  • Planning on replacing damaged boards will require some special calibration procedures.
  • Sanding does not guarantee complete removal of bad stains on boards. The best option would be to replace them.
  • Do not leave out sanding papers because each sheet has a particular progressive purpose.

Operating tips for the sanding machine

  • Never startle or stop the sanding machine while the sandpaper is still in contact with the floor
  • Turn the machine using its rollers to lift it up the floor before you turn it on, turning it around or stopping its operation.
  • Once the machine has started, slowly move the sander forward and gradually lying it so that the sanding belt makes contact with the timber.
  • To stop or turn the machine around, gradually tilt the sander up to lift the sanding belt off the floor.
  • Starting or stopping up the sander while the sanding belt is in contact with the floor may create deep gouge marks on the timber.
  • Change sandpaper regularly as clogged or worn-out papers may lead to burn marks on the timber.
  • If your floor is cupped, rounded or uneven, consider using a P24 grit paper.
  • For clean and new floors, start using a P40 grit paper
  • Start at 45 degrees to the grain of the timber
  • Once the room has been sanded in all directions, start sanding with the grain of the timber
  • Always sand the floor in longest possible lengths
  • Use the edging machine in a left to right, semi-circular direction. Sand the edges of the room with P40 grit paper
  • Change the paper to P60 grit paper and sand with the grain
  • Vacuum the floor thoroughly
  • Change paper to a P120 grit paper
  • Finish the sanding with an orbital sander using either a P120 or P150 grit paper

Most crucial safety tip in floor sanding:

  • Always wear protective clothing and gear like a dust mask, safety glasses, gloves and earplugs for your own good.