Too much dirt and grime due to heavy traffic and regular wear and tear can make the wooden floors look old and boring. But that should not make you frown; you can make the floor look like new with help of a floor sander. Hiring sanding professionals is obviously an option, but if you want to save money and do things yourself it is quite possible by hiring a floor sander.
However, you need to know how to do it correctly to ensure you don’t harm the surface further. Here is a comprehensive guide that will help you sand the floor and make every corner of the home sparkle:
Preparing the room
Decide the direction of sanding depending upon the condition of the floor. If the floor is flat, it is best to sand up and down the boards` grain; if the floor has a thick layer of paint or coating, then start across the grain (at 45 degrees angle). Repeat the process in the opposite direction and then along the grain to finish the process. Reduce the coarseness of the sandpaper as you progress.
Ideally you would need a heavy-duty drum sander, heavy-duty edging sander and corner sander. You can get all types of sander at the local tools and equipment rental store, so you need not worry. Get all the other necessary things such as sandpapers, equipment cleaners, etc. Make sure you open the doors and windows and wear protective gear to save yourself from the dust.
Preparing the floor
Check the floor thoroughly for protruding nail or screw heads. If there are any, nail them inside the surface before you start sanding. If you find loose floorboards, nail them down. Check every corner of the room and make sure it is dry.
Preparing the sanding equipment
Preparing the sanding equipment is crucial to get optimal results. If you are doing it for the first time, ask the personnel at the rental store to help you understand how to prepare the equipment and how to use them safely. Remember, if you fail to prepare the equipment, you can damage it and the result will never be satisfactory. You can also check the Internet for resources that teach how to prepare and use the floor sanding equipment.
Start with the drum sander, then move on to the edging sander and finally the corner sander, Make sure you hold on to the sanders firmly to get the best results.
Cleaning the Floor
Once you are done, clean the floor. Sweep the floor and then vacuum the floor to remove all the dust and debris. You can also wipe the surface with a damp sponge (make sure it does not have too much water) since too much water can damage the floor.
Remember, some stains such as those caused by pet urine cannot be removed even by sanding the floor. In certain cases, replacing the floorboards is the only option left. So evaluate the condition of the floor to decide the treatment.