Floor Sanding and Polishing
Much thought and effort goes into floorboard sanding and polishing. There are several steps to the process and tons of things to think about. If you’re an amateur and don’t want to damage your floors, you should immediately consult with Beach Floors who can professionally manage this job for you, with great care and craftsmanship.
Not only do professionals offer an expert job and a premium finish, they have the tools required to get the job done. This list of items might include dust masks, earplugs, goggles, work boots or shoes, a drum sander, an edging sander, hammer, sandpaper, vacuum cleaner and nail punch. Purchasing or hiring these products can be expensive, often making the decision to hire professionals a no-brainer!
Preparing the space is important to ensure minimal time can be spent setting up the room for the work to be done, and more time can be spent on the sand and polish itself. Furniture and ornamentation should be removed from the room, as the tools and equipment we’ll be using are pretty large and difficult to manoeuvre. It isn’t absolutely necessary that the room is completely empty if sanding the room in sections; One could sand half of the room, move all the furniture to that side, and then sand the other half. Once the room is empty, we make sure that the whole floor is entirely flat with no nails to catch on with the sanders. We use the nail punch to drive down each nail that is protruding. While this step might not be completely necessary for an experienced floor repair team, a person with no experience with sanders is likely to catch their machine or the sandpaper on the nail and rip their sandpaper or damage their equipment.
The floor will be sanded around the edges with the edge sander and the remainder of the floor will be finished with the larger drum sander. One should sand in the same direction as the grain of the wood whenever possible. Starting with a coarser paper to remove the strongest layers of dirt and grime then moving up to finer grit levels to leave the wood clean and smooth.
Once the floor has been sanded it is completely vulnerable; we aim to get it varnished and polished as soon as possible. Varnish is applied similarly to paint, with brush strokes in the direction of the grain of the wood, and can either sit on top of the wood creating a protective layer or penetrate the wood. Wood that has been protected with a penetrating finish should only be waxed but if your flooring has a surface finish they should be shined with a wood floor polish. The wood floor polish will be worked into the planks of wood with a flat surface mop, and the floorboards will be set to dry once all of the air bubbles have been worked out.
These are the basic steps for floor sanding and polishing. If you have any questions about the process, tools used or need more information on any work involving flooring installation or floor board repairs and maintenance, drop us a line and we’ll be more than happy to be of service to all in the Northern Beaches.
* Indicates required fields