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What is the process of sanding your hardwood floors?

It’s not rocket science, but reading through the section below can help you get started.

That way, you’ll be aware of some of the issues you might face as well as some of the mistakes beginners make, and perhaps have the knowledge to prevent them.

Let’s tackle the information provided by floor sanding experts in Hobart.

Decide on your grit order.

Did you realize that refinishing a floor entails sanding the surface several times? Some novice sanders believe that all they have to do is sand their floors once with one grit of sandpaper and the floors will be clean, flat, and smooth.

However, sanding is not like renting a Rug Doctor; most ancient floors will require at least four passes, each with a finer degree of sandpaper. The most difficult part of the project will be determining the ideal grit starting pass for your floor. However, we can assist you in figuring it out.

The majority of people who have never sanded a floor assume that all floors are sanded in the same grit order. We’d have a lot of money if we had a $1 for every customer who insisted on only three grit passes on all levels. However, each floor is unique, and the state of yours will dictate how you sand it.

And you can’t begin sanding unless you know what grit to use as a starting point. For sanding floors, Pete’s supplies SEVEN different grits, but not every floor need all seven.

The coarser your first grit pass is, the more damaged your floor is and the harder the wood species is.

Using the drum sander and your pre-determined beginning grit, sand all of the main field areas.

You’ll start with the drum sander for each grit pass you make on your floor.

Sand everywhere the drum can reach in every room of your project, not just one at a time.

If you’re sanding floors on two levels, start with the higher level and then move on to the lower level; you only want to bring those equipment up one time.

If you have the luxury of having two individuals working on the project, one on the drum and the other on the edger, don’t put both machines in the same room!

This is a safety hazard; it’s all too easy to be preoccupied with your machine and miss your partner’s edger cord. It’s preferable for the drum sander to go first, finish the grit in the first room, and then move on to the second, leaving the edger to start in the first room alone once the drum sander has moved on.

Sand all the areas that the drum couldn’t reach with the edger (with the same grit as the drum)

Drum first and edge second for every grind you do. This is mostly due to the edger’s ability to sand out any drum marks that may have been left during the transition at the wall edge.

There may be a lot more finish at the periphery of older homes where there has been a lot of foot movement in the main area of each room but little wear at all around the outside. So don’t be surprised if you switch to the edger and use the same grit that was operating perfectly in the middle of the floor and it quickly clogs up and glazes.

Only use the edger to get to the next coarser grit. Move swiftly and remove about half of the finish using the coarse grit. Then continue with the grit that corresponds to the drum sander pass you just completed – now the state of the edge area matches the condition of the field, and you can continue with your grit sequence as intended.

All sanded rooms should be swept or vacuumed.

When you finish a grit, vacuum or at the very least sweep all of the surfaces you just sanded. This is because after each grit pass, sanding mineral fragments fall off the abrasive and litter the floor.

Even if you’ve switched to a finer grit, your drum and edger are still driving those massive, gritty particles into the floor from earlier runs. They continue to grind their 16 grit cat-scratch into the floor even under your fine paper, and you’ll be left wondering where all those enormous, deep gouges are coming from.

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