An attractive, long-lasting timber floor or timber staircase is a fantastic asset in any home. But before the sealant can be applied, it’s essential to prepare and sand the timber surface.

In this article, we’ll explain how to sand timber floors and stairs the right way step-by-step. Let’s get started.

Prepare for Sanding

Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. Before you jump into the sanding process, complete the following steps.

Step 1: Punch Nails and Fill Nail Holes

Assess the timber floor or stairs and make sure that all nails are punched at least 3 mm below the boards. A nail that sits above the floor’s surface can sabotage sanding efforts and damage your equipment.

Then, fill punched nail holes with a filler.

Step 2: Clean Your Floor

It’s essential to give your timber floors and stairs a thorough cleaning before the sanding process begins. Dirt and debris can cause deep, unsightly scratches if not removed, so don’t skip this step.

Start with a good sweep, followed by a vacuum. Pay particular attention to hard-to-reach areas like corners and edges.

Step 3: Protect Your Surroundings

Sanding timber floors and stairs can be a messy undertaking. You’ll want to restrict access to the work area and protect or remove any belongings in the room.

Sand Timber Floors and Stairs

Achieving stunning timber floors and stairs requires meticulous attention to detail, and sanding before the sealant is applied is a critical part of that process.

Step 1: Start with Basic Sanding

Basic sanding levels out the boards, removing any unevenness or ridges. Usually, you’ll run over the boards three times using a coarse sandpaper, moving at a slow walking pace and applying constant pressure.

Step 2: Cover Hard-to-Reach Areas with Edging

Your sanding machine cannot get into all of the nooks and crannies of your room, so you’ll need to use an edge sander. Focus on corners and other hard-to-reach areas, such as inside of wardrobes and along the edges of stairs. 

Step 3: Complete the Sanding Process

The sanding process takes place in two phases:

  • Initial cuts. Use a finer grade of sandpaper and run your sanding machine in the same direction as the grain. The goal is to smooth out the coarse marks and scuffs created during the basic sanding step.
  • Final sand. Use an even finer grade of sandpaper to remove any remaining imperfections and create an ideal surface for your sealant to adhere to.

Now, You’re Ready to Apply Your Sealant

A little extra effort ensures your sealant adheres properly and results in a smooth, sleek finish that looks great for years to come. For all your floor sanding and stair sanding needs contact Southern Stain, the Stair Polishing Professionals.

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