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Sanding Wood Floors - Why & How

Wood flooring looks beautiful, oozing sophistication and authenticity no matter where it's installed.

As with most things in life, however, wood floors do occasionally need a bit of TLC to stay looking their best. More specifically, sanding is often recommended for solid wood floorboards that have become damaged - today, we're going to address both the why and the how of sanding your wooden floor.

Why sand a wood floor?

There are several reasons why people choose to sand their wood floors, ranging from maintenance to cosmetic improvement. Sanding your wood floor improves its condition by removing any surface damage, and it's also a good option if you're looking to change the finish or colour of your flooring. You just have to be careful not to sand too much or too often. 

The option to sand makes hardwood flooring a surprisingly versatile option for the home. You don’t need to replace and refit new flooring - you can simply revamp your wooden floors via sanding to keep them looking fantastic.

How to sand a wood floor

Before you start sanding your floor, we advise that you clear out all furniture from the room. You don’t want to keep stopping and starting once you get going.

We also recommend you hire a drum sander and a corner sander from a reputable supplier - these machines are far more efficient than sanding by hand!

With that in mind, here's how to sand your wooden floor:

  1. Firstly, make sure there are no loose or protruding boards. If you find any, sort them out before continuing.

  2. The sandpaper you use will depend on the condition of the floor. The more damaged your floor, the coarser the paper you'll need to use. It's a good idea to start with coarse paper and progress to finer sandpaper as you near completion. Have plenty of spare paper handy so that you're able to swap the sandpaper regularly - this ensures that you are actually sanding and not just dulling your floor.

  3. Start in the middle of the room and work your way to the edges (swapping to the corner sander when you get to the corners), following the grain of the wood. Guide the machine carefully around the room at a steady pace, making sure not to leave it in one place for too long.

  4. Repeat the process using finer sandpaper with less grit. The coarser paper will remove the damaged surface, while the paper with less grit will leave you with a nice finish ready for varnishing or sealing.

  5. Once you've sanded the floor down to a smooth finish, be sure to sweep and vacuum away any leftover debris.

That's it! Now your floor is all ready to be sealed, varnished or painted. If you have any further questions about wood flooring and how to keep it looking beautiful, feel free to get in touch with the Floormaker team.

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