Floor Sanding Preparation Process
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Timber Floor Sanding and Polishing Process
1. We Clear the Area: Remove all furniture, rugs, and items from the room to create an empty space for the sanding process.
2. We Inspect the Floor: Examine the floor for any protruding nails, staples, or other debris. These should be removed or hammered down to ensure a flat surface.
3. We Repair Damages: If there are any cracks, holes, or damaged areas on the floor, they should be repaired before sanding. Fill in gaps with appropriate wood filler and allow it to dry completely.
4. We Clean the Floor: Thoroughly clean the floor to remove dust, dirt, and any remaining debris. A clean surface ensures better adhesion for the finish and prevents scratches during sanding.
5. We Protect Adjacent Areas: Use masking tape and plastic sheeting to cover and protect adjacent areas, such as walls, baseboards, and fixtures, from dust and potential damage.
6. We Safety Gear: Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including a dust mask, safety goggles, and ear protection, to protect yourself from dust and noise during sanding.
7. We Choose the Right Sandpaper: Select the appropriate grit sandpaper for the initial sanding pass. Coarser grits are used to remove the old finish and level the floor, while finer grits are used for a smoother finish.
8. We Start Sanding: Begin sanding with the coarsest grit sandpaper using a floor sander. Sand in the direction of the wood grain to avoid scratches. Start in one corner and work your way across the room. Repeat the process with progressively finer grits until the desired smoothness is achieved.
9. We Edge Sanding: Use an edger or hand sander to sand along the edges and corners of the room where the floor sander cannot reach.
10. We Detail Sanding: Hand-sand any intricate or hard-to-reach areas that couldn’t be sanded with the larger equipment.
11.We Vacuum and Clean: Thoroughly vacuum the entire area to remove sanding dust. Wipe down the floor with a damp cloth to ensure it’s completely clean before applying any finish.
Remember that the floor sanding preparation process may vary based on the specific type of wood flooring, the condition of the floor.
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