Wooden floors are all the rage right now, and for very good reasons. In smaller rooms, a beautifully finished wooden sanded floor gives an air of added space, while in larger rooms, the sheer beauty of perfectly prepared wooden floors is something that can’t be beaten.
The fact is it is quite easy to do it yourself if you have the right tools, but it’s worth knowing it is a time-consuming and, more to the point, dirty and uncomfortable job.
What will you need? For a DIY floor sanding job, you must have the following tools:
- A sander, one that can deal with the while floor surface (drum sander), the edges and the corners. Many sanders come with fitments for all three purposes.
- A mask – the dust created will be colossal and you don’t want to inhale it.
- A finishing sealant, and a method of applying – usually a brush.
- Your general tool kit.
So, tick all those boxes, and let’s have a look at the process.
Three Steps to Sanding a Floor
Put simply, there are three distinct steps to sanding a floor, and it is generally the case that a standard-sized living room will take three days to complete.
Before we go on, we should say that if you are not confident after reading this, you might wish to engage the services of a professional parquet floor sanding company who will do a great job at a sensible price, and save you the worry!
If DIY is the way, the following are the three steps.
Step 1 – Prepare the Floor
The first thing to do is remove all furniture – including curtains and drapes that will become covered in dust if left in place – then check the floor for protruding nails or screws, and any loose boards.
These need to be fixed in place, and nails hammered in flush or removed, whichever is easier. Now, thoroughly brush the floor of all debris, and you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Step 2 – Sanding the Floor
This is where you get down to business; if you haven’t used a sander before – and even if you have – it pays to watch some of the many videos on YouTube that give you great advice on how best to do it, including using the edging and corner sanders.
Be careful not to leave the sander running in one place to avoid irregular sanding. Now, you need to sweep away the dust and go over the floor with a damp cloth, and it’s ready to finish.
Step 3 – Finishing the Floor
Apply your sealant in a smooth and regular fashion. If there are any rough patches of the floor, sand them gently by hand. Once you have covered the entire floor, leave it to dry for at least a day, and then decide if it needs another coat.
That’s it – it’s easy to sand and finish a wooden floor, but if you do want the professionals to do it for you, have a word with them right now and they’ll be happy to help.