You can’t go wrong with timber floors if your ultimate goal is to get that natural vibe going in your home. However, there’s a catch to this. You’ll have to learn the ropes of timber floor sanding if you want your floors to stay beautiful and stand the test of time. Before you go to the nearest store to buy your materials, allow us to give you some points on how to sand your timber floors like a pro.
First, you have to know just how much floor coating you’ll need to purchase. The only way for you to do this is to have a clear idea on how big your floor area is. You can calculate this by measuring every room’s length as well as its width before you multiply both figures. Next, you have to add them all up. Voila! That’s your total floor area right there.
Second, you need to be sure that you got your protective gear and the rest of your equipment ready ahead of time. Run a quick check if you have a hammer, punch set, pinch bars, edging sander, sanding belts, sanding paper, ear plugs, safety glasses, dust mask, orbital sander, putty and putty knife, scraper, garbage bags, vacuum cleaner, belt sander, and drum.
Third, remember that your safety and those of the people around you is your top priority. Timber floor sanding can potentially cause injury to anyone who’s in the room. That’s why you have to keep the kids out of the house while you’re busy doing this project. Carefully go over your equipment’s safety precautions before you start working — and follow them. Wearing protective gear such as your safety glasses, dust mask, and earplugs is non-negotiable. Remember to unplug your sanding equipment when you’re not using it and don’t forget to gather the sawdust and store them away from your house to protect yourself from accidental fires. Keep the windows open while you’re applying the coating to keep you from breathing in hazardous fumes.
Fourth, keep in mind that you have to prepare the room for timber floorsanding. This means that the floors must be cleaned to get rid of sticky substances such as wax, grease, and oil. Warped or damaged floorboards must be replaced as soon as possible. If you have to call a professional to get this part of the project done, do so by all means.
Once everything’s ready, sand away on low visibility areas first. You may use your 40-grit grain for starters and complete each task with 150-grit paper. Moreover, you better make sure that the sandpaper is replaced the moment you observe that it’s clogged. Once you’re done sanding, you may carefully apply thin layers of floor coating, ensuring that no bubbles are formed in the process. Let it dry for 24 hours. You can step on your timber floors with your shoes on or you can use cleaning products after a week since the final coat was applied.
If your confidence fails you and you’re having second thoughts about this DIY project, please don’t hesitate to ask for help from a team of professionals. Before you know it, your timber floors will become shiny and as good as new.