The floor takes a beating on a daily basis. Take for instance the kitchen. It’s a highly trafficked area, with all the moving around and shuffling of feet, plus the occasional tools, utensils and even food getting dropped onto it. Over time, the surface loses its character and appeal, dulls and looks neglected. Scratches and dents, from the living room to the dining rooms at home, and in the lobbies, offices, shopping areas and dance floors, in business and entertainment areas are common. Pets’ claws, plus the dirt and sand that’s tracked into the building and gets grinded against the surface of the floor under people’s shoes, cause the surface to wear down. Those fine rocks, glass pieces, dust that has accumulated on the floor, insect gunk, asphalt from the driveway, are all abrasive, with the friction created having the same effect as sandpaper. Then there are those cases when furniture is getting moved, where dragging gorges out the floor surface. Even having heavy furniture sets without padding underneath puts strain on the surface. High heels and shoes with hard surfaces such as metal parts can easily cause damage to the wood. After some time, the floor will need to be refinished. After all, you don’t want to live or work in an area that’s dilapidated and appears to be crumbing apart. You want that elegance that you loved with the wood floor when you were installing in in the first place to be restored. That can be achieved with a thorough floor sanding, then applying the new coats of treatment that accentuate the surface.
Why DIY Floor Sanding Is Risky
Floor sanding is not just a matter of applying a bit of sandpaper to a floor board like in wood shop class. First, it would take a really long time to do it by hand, so machines are needed. These in turn are heavy gear and, without the right measures being put in place, plenty of damage results. For instance, if you hover on one area for far too long, the floor sanding goes deeper into the wood than expected, leaving behind uneven boards. If you make quick passes, then the coats won’t be adequately removed, which affects the finishes that you will apply. Failure to follow the correct grit sequence- like starting with fine grit sandpaper such as 100 or 120g, due to fear of removing too much wood, then the floor sanding won’t be effective. Without the new finish being able to bond properly with the bare wood, the results will be below par. Moreover, without the expertise to handle the equipment, one can end up spending hours on the task drawing out the process, yet it is the first step of the restoration job. Then there’s the sheer amounts of dust generated. It ends up covering your furniture, appliances and fine particles are suspended in the air, from where they can be inhaled, leading to a wide assortment of respiratory complications. All this can be avoided by turning to the floor sanding professionals. They come with state-of-the-art dustless systems that get the job done fast without dirtying the place, providing quality results that prepare the floor to receive the new surface treatment and finish coats.