Sanding Hardwood Floors - Every home these days have hardwood floors or soft wood floors. It is the most popular choice for interior designs. And it increases your home value, more than any other flooring types. It is a sustainable and renewable product. Trees are harvested responsibly, ensuring continued growth throughout our kid's kids future. And most forest are privately owned, so it will be cared for.
Hardwood floors is a luxury item to have in our home. We choose it to enhance the look and feel of our home. With the right purchase and maintenance, hardwood floors will last a decade or outlive the house itself. Salvaging and Reclaiming wood floors to give it a new life. So, why would you ever allow anyone to ruin it by a botched sanding job? Reducing the lifespan of the hardwood floors, cutting your investment short -why?
Sanding hardwood floors - Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or planning to hire a professional. The purpose of sanding hardwood floors is to achieve a perfect surface, so that it can accept stains, sealers and finishes evenly. Know the process, equipment and sandpaper needed to achieve the perfect surface. Here is a list of things you should know, before tackling your project.
You are probably wondering why, we didn't just stick with one type of mineral for the entire sanding. In order to achieve the perfect sanded surface. You need to reduce the aggressiveness of your sanding as you reach the end. Start with aggressive sandpaper and finish with the least aggressive sandpaper to minimize deep, wide scratches. Scratches and swirls will show through our finish, especially a stained wood floor. Control the scratches for a perfect surface.
When you are sanding hardwood floors, you can be more aggressive with the sanding grits and process. And not worry about damaging the wood floors. Because of its hardness, stock removal is not as aggressive, especially when you are sanding Maple, Brazilian cherry or Ipe. It makes sense to stick with a more aggressive mineral longer and then back off as you get towards the final sanding. Sand the drum and edger to the highest grit possible - 120 grit, do not skip grits. Then remove all sanding scratches with a rotary sander with a hard plate system, making sure you have a uniform scratch pattern. It is not uncommon to sand to as high as 150 grit. These hardwood are tough to work with and the scratches are difficult to remove. The extra sanding makes a big difference in the final result.
The biggest challenge in sanding soft wood floors is keeping your sand paper from clogging up. Soft wood means rapid stock removal. And if the machine can throw away the dust fast enough. The dust will get trapped in the sandpaper, clogging it up. Clogging slows down the sanding process and additional sand paper cost money.
The best way to sand soft wood is to sand up to 60 grit on the drum and 80 grit on the edger. And finish off with a rotary sander using a hard plate system, starting from 80 grit zirconia to 120 or 150 carbide grit. Do not skip any grits. The low rpm speed of a rotary sander will prevent clogging, allowing your sandpaper to last longer and be more efficient.
Knowledge is power. Take your new found knowledge and start sanding hardwood floors for money. You now, know how to achieve a perfect surface, take your time and do not skip grits.
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