Whether your hardwood floors are newly-installed or as old as the home you’ve bought, they will need sanding sooner or later. And sanding is one of those tasks you’ll want to know how to execute flawlessly.
The only thing more satisfying than putting sweat equity into your home, is gaining the skill and expertise along the way, that allows you to identify quality work (and secretly smirk at work that’s sub-par).
Here are some tips you simply must have before you embark upon the journey from start- to- finished:
- Sanding will eliminate only SOME stains – This includes stains like water or similar… but tougher stains like pet urine will usually require new planks. Don’t waste your time trying to sand them out; you’ll only discourage yourself from the rest of the task.
- Preparation is key – It’s more than just “cover this furniture” and “remove that window covering”. Take a look at your baseboards. Do you have a base-shoe? This is a quarter-inch kind of round moulding that ties the baseboard to the floor. If your answer is yes, this will need to be removed before you begin the sanding, and re-installed when you’re finished. If this step isn’t taken, you will wind up will a small gap between your floors and that base-shoe which is meant to touch the floor.
- Tick ALL the boxes on your preparation checklist – This should include covering of your vents to prevent getting dust in them, removal or thorough covering of EVERYTHING in the room you’re working on, and nailing down of any loose boards. One last thing before you leave to pick up the sander: measure the square footage of the area you’re sanding, that way you’ll know what your needs are before you rent. And, ANOTHER thing before you leave to pick up that rental… do you know where you’re going?
- Choose your hardware store wisely – This is a special flooring project, thus, go for a specialty flooring store. You cannot put a price on the specialty knowledge of the people- nay, the EXPERTS- you will encounter there.
- Ask the right questions – Take advantage of the advice you can get when you rent a sander for the first time. Doubtless, you’re a bit daunted, maybe even downright scared by the task. Inform the experts you’re renting from that you’ll be using a sander for the first time, and inform them of the square footage measurement you took. They will tell you how many belts you’ll need, when you’ll need to change them… and how to change them, of course.
A carefully-done job will yield the results you really want. Consider a site such as this to gather all the information you really need in order to do this precisely.
It may not be the easiest or most fun of home renovation tasks, but don’t let it concern you. Relax- you’re doing something great, and your floors are going to look like it! Take before and after shots; take pride in your work.