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SANDING HARDWOOD FLOORS

            Sanding and refinishing a hardwood floor can be a very rewarding home improvement and significantly increase its value. A dustless floor drum sander can make the project far less strenuous. It is important that you perform a preliminary inspection of the floor prior to sanding. Pull out any nails or staples as these can seriously damage the sanding drum. If the nails can't be pulled, set them deep with a punch and fill them with wood filler. Dustless in this case doesn't necessarily mean "dustless", it mean "less dust", so we recommend wearing a protective particulate mask so you don't breath in the dust.

             Sanding belts are available in several grits from very coarse to fine. Typically you would begin sanding with 60 grit paper to remove the old finish. If glue is present on the wood you may need a coarser grit to remove it first. Turn the sander on and slowly make contact with the floor while pulling it backwards. Continue moving the sander back and forth sanding with the grain of the wood similar to vacuuming a carpet until the floor is evenly sanded. Be sure to keep the sander moving or it will sand a depression. Put the next grit on the machine 60-80-100 and repeat. If your floor has cracks or flaws you need to fill these with wood filler or some professionals utilize their clean sanding dust mixed with wood glue or lacquer for a perfect match. Once you are done sanding, remove all the dust with a rag and mineral spirits before finishing.

 

                                                                              Last modified: April 10, 2017