Sanding your hard-wood floors can become very expensive if you are hiring a professional to do them. But, if you have the proper tools, it can be much cheaper to do them yourself. Sanding timber floors is much easier and quicker than you may at first think. Read this guide, and you’ll know how to sand timber floors yourself!
In order to sand your own timber floors, you’ll need several tools:
1. Drum Sander
2. Edging Sander
3. Detail Sander
4. Sanding belts
5. Hammer/nail punch
6. Timber filler
8. Dust mask
Before you begin to sand your timber floors, first you’ll need to make sure there are no nails above the surface. If your sander hits an improperly driven nail, you will risk tearing your sanding belt. In order to do this, take your hammer and go throughout the room, fully hammering in any nails which are above the surface of the floor.
To begin with, you’ll use the large drum sander to sand the centre areas of the floor. If the floors are in exceptionally bad condition, begin with using a 40-grit sanding belt. If the floors are already in decent condition, you can skip this step and go straight to using a 60-grit sanding belt.
To insert the correct belt, turn your drum sander on its side, open the front cover, and place the belt on the rotor. Now, you are ready to begin. Be sure to always wear your earmuffs and dust mask while running the machine.
Always sand in the direction of the grain of the wood. Sanding cross-ways can leave excessive scratch marks on your floor. Begin sanding by going moving the sander across the floor in a fluid motion. Only move the machine going forward, not back and forth like you would a vacuum cleaner. Afterwards, if you began with a 40-grit belt, redo the floor with the 60-grit belt.
After the bulk of the floors are done, it is time to do the sides. Using the same grit belts, use the edging sander to get the sides of the room, where the larger drum sander can not reach. Again, be sure to use earmuffs and dust mask. The edging sander can get to all of the areas except the very corners of the room in which you will need to carefully use a scraper appropriate for the job.
Detail Sander (Floor Polishing Machine)
Once the floor has been sanded with the drum sander and edger it’s time for the detail sander. The detail sander (floor polishing machine) is what’s used to polish the floor. This is done by using finer grade sand papers. Work your way through 80 grit, 120 grit, 150 grit and 180 grit for the best results.
Between coats use a 240 grit paper on the detail sander. This will allow for a smoother finish.