How Often Should I Sand My Floors?
How Often Should I Sand My Floors?
Permanent floor finishes have not yet been invented so you will have to refinish your floors regularly. Regularly can mean different things for different people. A commercial floor with a lot of traffic will have to be refinished much more often than a domestic floor with normal domestic traffic.
Even if the wood floor is not subjected to a lot of traffic, the finish on the floor will change colour and look a bit tired after few years. There are a few factors which can make your wooden floors look more worn out and jaded than they should be.
a. Wrong cleaning products
b. A lot of direct sunlight
c. A lot of heavy traffic
d. Too much water
- Wrong Cleaning Products – using a high PH (acidic) floor cleaner can permanently damage the shine of your floors and can make a brand new floor look old. Bleach based floor cleaners can have the same dulling effect.
- A lot of sunlight – direct exposure to the sunlight will change the colour of your floors in a matter of days. Having a rug on the floor will also stain your floor in a funny way. The floor will brighten up in the area left uncovered and it will stay unchanged in the area under the rug.
- A lot of heavy traffic – a wood floor will look perfect after being refinished. It will be fully protected and ready for use. But any type of floor finish, one pack or two packs has a limited life expectancy. If you have a few hundred or thousand people walking on the wood floor daily it will reduce the periods between floor refinishing. The traffic will bring a lot of negative things to your floors. First the friction itself will wear off your floor. Then the dirt from shoes will attack the finish on your floors. Plus more cleaning and maintenance will be required.
- Too much water – entrance hallway floors which are used by people walking in and out of a property will damage quicker. All the water from the rain will be brought onto your floors. It is just a matter of time before the floor finish cracks and water saturation damage appears. Also, mopping the floor with too much water is one of the main reasons for wood damage.
- Pets – dogs are wood floors number 1 enemy. Especially small, energetic dogs. A pet is likely to be full of energy and most pets have sharp nails even if most pet owners keep the pet nails short. Excited pets will run and sleep on wood floor. All this energetic fun will scratch the finish of the floor and will create spaces for water to penetrate the floor. Watermarks will appear and the floor will look stained.
Here are some of the most common reasons why a floor needs to be refinished. There are high traffic water based floor varnishes that are designed to take a lot of use and abuse but all will eventually wear off. A floor sanding company needs to be contacted once in a while (every 3 years) to assess the wood floor. Even if the floor looks clean, a trained eye will be able to see imperfections and issues, if there are any issues.
Wood floors have to be refinished regularly. Waxed wood floors should be refreshed every 6 months. Refreshing a waxed floor is a pretty easy operation and no training is required. Floors that are finished with a varnish can also be refreshed or sealed with a water based wood floor polish. Solid wood floors are designed to last for a lifetime if properly maintained.
Have a look under the heaters, around the kitchen area, at door entrances etc. to see if you notice black spots on your floors. Black spots are a sign of water damage and you need to act fast to sort it out and prevent further damage. There are many floor sanding companies in Dublin that would love to help you out. Bear in mind, it is cheaper to prevent than repair.
*** most floors have to be refinished every 5 years. If there is a lot of traffic, the periods between floor refinishing is reducing by 50%***
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Wood floors are always under attack. People walking about, kids with their car toy races and miniature train tracks on the floor, pets that dig their sharp claws into the surface as they run about in order to gain traction, the sun’s radiation that bakes the floor causing the finishing to develop a yellow tint, and the wood to darken or get bleached out, all through to the occasional food and drink spills that end up staining the surface. Footfall is a major factor, seeing that traffic lanes usually develop in areas that are frequented, such as the entryways and exits of the establishment, the area outside the elevator, laundry rooms, office corridors, the employee lounge, attendant’s’ counters, etc. The dirt and grit under the shoes abrades the wood surface, and the weight of the people puts strain on the floor- especially when high heels and involved. Shoes with hard metal parts, or damaged heels for that matter, can chisel out the wood. Heavy sets of furniture that are placed without pads can dent the surface. Then there are those cases when, during the move or one is simply rearranging items in the interior space, the furniture gets dragged instead of being lifted. This scratches the surface. Harsh chemicals products used for the cleaning, such as vinegar, and ammonia, plus all-purpose cleaners and dish washing detergents also damage the flooring. Whether the wear is intentional or accidental, you don’t want your floor to remain in that state. It doesn’t have to. Simply get it restored with a thorough floor sanding and refinishing.
Pitfalls Of The DIY Floor Sanding Process
DIYers encounter various problems when taking on the floor restoration project. For starters the professional-grade floor sanding equipment is not easily available for rent, due to the logistics and expenses involved in handling it. Hence with the lower-efficiency machines that are hired, one already starts off at a disadvantage. This is from the power needed to break through the finish coats, to the vacuuming up of the dust that is generated during the floor sanding. Issues like denting and chattering are common with the resultant surface. The low-grit sandpaper that is used for the initial sanding is a rare commodity in local dealer stores. The higher grit sandpapers are meant for smoothening out the surface. Starting with them clogs them up with finish, and there’s the frustration of drawing out the process and still ending up with patches of finish that are not removed. These spots will be magnified by the new coats that are to be applied. Discrepancies such as divots will also become prominent. You don’t want to spend all that time and resources, and end up with unsatisfactory results that can only be remedied by getting the floor sanded again. This increases the inconvenience to the occupants in your establishment since during all that period the area will likely to have be sealed off. You can prevent things from taking this trajectory by getting floor sanding professionals to take care of the project from the start. Coming with high-powered machinery and dustless sanding systems, you get to have a thorough job done in moments, allowing the rest of the finishing process be carried out without a hitch.