You’ve made the decision to get wooden floors or renovate your wooden floors so they can breathe new life. This is a great way to revitalize your home’s look and feel. It can be daunting if you don’t know what to do or how long it will take. It may seem complicated. However, it can help you to understand the process and to know the rules to get the results you want.
What is the best time to resurface my floor.
Wooden flooring is known for being durable and long-lasting, but it can be damaged over time. The finish can become cloudy or scratched over time due to the use of harsh cleaners, high-heeled shoes, moisture and other factors. Floor polish can give your floors a shiny sheen if it is applied. However, if you have deep gouges or scratches in your wood, then resurfacing may be necessary. This involves a process called sanding and polishing floorboards. It will revive tired floors.
How do you prepare a floor for polishing and sanding?
What are the steps to make your floor ready for polishing and sanding? To give contractors sufficient space, take out any furniture and other items that may be in the way of the resurfacing. You should also remove staples and tacks. It is important that you empty the space and that your contractor has uninterrupted access to electricity and water, because this is essential for floor sanding.
Don’t forget to finish painting your walls if you aren’t done yet! The floor sander will invariably come in contact with the skirting boards so be sure to remove the last coat.
To protect against dust from sanding, you can cover any objects that are not completely removed with a cloth. Make sure that the area is well lit so contractors can work. You can prevent dust from entering windows and vents by covering them with dust-proof material. Sanding is a messy process.
What is the process?
Sanding involves first putting all nails below the floorboard surface. This is done to ensure a smooth sanding process. A floor sander is used to remove existing floor finishes, stains and varnish. It starts with coarse sandpaper. To further remove any previous coats, you can use a medium-grade sandpaper. An edge floor sander is a tool that will reach hard-to-reach edges that the main floor grinder cannot.
To ensure smooth surfaces, the punched holes are filled with floor filler after the initial sanding.
The final step is to use a fine-grade sandpaper to smoothen the wood surface and remove any floor filler. This is the time to apply a new stain to your wooden floors!
The polishing step comes after the sanding has been completed. For best results, allow your wood flooring to dry overnight before applying a sealant. This will seal the timber flooring’s openness and allow it to dry overnight. It also creates a barrier that will increase the durability of the finish. To equalise the grain of your timber flooring, this base coat will need to be sanded with superfine sandpaper before applying new coats. If you use solvent-based products, each coat will take around a day to dry. Waterborne polyurethane, on the other hand, is quick drying in under 8 hours. You should apply at least 3-4 coats.
What is the average time it takes to polish and sand a floor?
It all depends on how the floor is sanded prior to the project, the size of the area to be resurfaced and the temperature at the time. You should expect to wait at least one week to get your floors finished.
Avoid walking on newly polished floors for at least eight hours. Also, avoid wearing shoes that leave scuff marks. To ensure the floor is completely cured after polishing, it is best to wait at least a week before you move your furniture back. But don’t drag it into the room! To minimize dragging and potential damage, ask for help from family members or movers. Don’t move the rug until it has dried completely.
How often should I resurface my hardwood flooring?
If your wooden floors are properly installed and finished, and you can keep up with the minimal maintenance requirements, you should expect to have to resurface your flooring in about 10-15 years. This is a very long time span, which shows the importance of wooden flooring in your home. It is versatile enough to adapt to your changing design needs over the years. If you are looking for a new look but don’t want to replace the flooring, floor polishing and sanding can give you the look that you desire.