We have specialists we recommend who sand floors and could take on the job for you.
But if you want to save money and tackled the job yourself, we have a few tips; if you use the right equipment and follow a process you can do it yourself. Do not skimp out on tools, machines, products and do your research on your type of flooring.
Identify the type of wood you have. Hardwood floors are the best candidates for sanding, softwoods like pine less so. Engineered floors finished with a veneer are more difficult to work on because sanding could remove some or all of the thin veneer and leave you with a patchy finish.
It is also important to assess the depth of the floor to see how much surface material you can remove. If the floor has been previously sanded, you may not have enough depth to work with. One simple test is to see if the heads of nails are close to the surface. That probably indicates the floor has been previously sanded and may not take any more. If you do not know this it is best to get in an expert.
Go over the entire floor carefully with your hand to check if there are any nails protruding. Using a ¬¬hammer push them back in, so they are about 4mm below the current surface. Then, either fill in the small holes with a neutral wood filler, or leave filling till after you finish sanding and use some of the fine dust mixed with a filler to get a great colour match.
As we mentioned earlier, if you don’t want to do the job yourself, you can ask a professional to take care of it for you. Or, perhaps you have other questions, such as how to get scratches out of hardwood floors without sanding, or how to restore hardwood floors without sanding.
We have specialists on our team who can assess your floor and recommend the most suitable approach to get the best results. We can also provide advice on the best type of finish to apply to the floor, to make sure your home looks its absolute best.
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