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Hardwood floor sanding and wood refinishing is an excellent way to renovate a home. Hardwood floor sanding can be a straightforward job, however important knowledge and information is required before dealing with such a DIY project. The smallest mistake may cost you a great deal of money to fix and in the case of major mistakes, you may even need to replace your flooring with completely new floors.
The first and most essential piece of information for hardwood floor sanding is knowledge regarding the wood floors that will be sanded. Hardwood floor sanding can be carried out on real hardwood floors as many as seven times. Hardwood floor sanding is possible on engineered hardwood floors once or twice. Even though it is difficult to distinguish between some modern laminate floors and the real thing, laminate floors are not real hardwood and hardwood floor sanding cannot be executed on them. Hardwood floor sanding should not be performed on flooring that is not capable of being sanded, otherwise it may cause irreparable damage to your wood floors.
Once it has been determined that hardwood floor sanding can be carried out on the hardwood or engineered hardwood floors, the preparation is more intense than the actual hardwood floor sanding process. Hardwood floor sanding generates excessive amounts of dust. The room which is to be sanded should be cleared and everything present in the room should be wrapped in plastic. Taping plastic over nearby doorways will also help to keep dust out of other rooms.
The next step of the hardwood floor sanding process includes preparing the room by removing all the baseboards, closet doors, heat registers, door casings and any other obstructions. It is very easy to remove these things and re-attach them after the hardwood floor sanding is complete, rather than working around them. Once the room has been prepared for the hardwood floor sanding, it is time to bring in the sander.
Orbital and drum sanders are the two types of sanders used for sanding wood floors. Although a drum sander will provide the best results, it should not be handled by an unskilled individual, particularly on an old floor that may not have much left to sand. The orbital sander is an ideal machine for an inexperienced individual in order to carry out the hardwood floor sanding. Orbital sanders require pressure to thoroughly wear down wood, therefore they are easier to operate and even though the sanding process may take longer, it will not cause any dents or grooves in the wood flooring.