Have you ever wondered why the floor of your home becomes rough over a few years, especially wooden floors? Ever thought how a beautifully polished home would uplift its beauty? Well, floor sanding is the basic process that every home owner should start off with to answer these questions. In this procedure, the uppermost surface of the floor is scraped by sanding using grainy materials. This is more like the preparatory stage before polishing the surface. Usually floors are sanded and polished to avoid replacing the entire floor, thus making it a more cost effective process.
Floor sanding typically involves preparation, sanding and adding the finishing touch. With modern day technology, a variety of sanding tools are available to achieve the entire process. Experts say the most important phase is preparing the floor. Any nails or staples protruding from the surface need to be removed completely or they tend to damage the machinery. Once they are removed, it is also essential to vacuum the surface to enable clean sanding.
The next step is the actual floor sanding process. Drum sanding in addition to Belt sanding, are the two most commonly used sanding techniques. For drum sanding three types of sanders are needed – a heavy duty drum sander, and edging sander and a corner sander, each for the purpose of sanding their respective surfaces. Sand papers for each of these sanders are available in the retail market and can be bought at varying price ranges. A drum sander on the other hand is much powerful, has more torque and is used for surfaces that require aggressive abrasion.
So, how does a technician determine what kind of sanding is required for the floor? Well, the Adelaide floor sanding first analyzes the floor type and its grittiness, the flatness and the finish on the floor. He also checks if the floor boards are unevenly set, that is, higher and lower than the other. For drum sanding, the standard starting grit of sand paper is usually the 36 grit for a hardwood floor and this aims at scraping off any old finish to the bare-wood. For edge sanding, a finer 60 grit is used, followed by using the 60 grit on the hardwood floor with the drum sander to refine the surface texture and remove any coarseness caused by the 36 grit. The finishing touch by the drum sander is given by an 80 grit sanding paper to carefully fine tune the surface. The corner sander deals with the room’s corners or any inaccessible floor areas. Subsequently, vacuuming the floor is essential to remove any debris and dirt particles.
After the sanding process, the floor is coated with sealants to provide the polished look and feel. One must remember that although floor sanding is an effective process, certain wooden materials have a limit to how much they can be sanded. Excessive sanding can damage the floor completely which is not desired. With the appropriate tools and machines and right amount of sanding, your home is assured of a much refined look.