Hardwood floors blend with any type of décor, from traditional and modern, to casual and dramatic. You only need to select the wood species, and surface finishes that meet your particular taste. From the heavy grained Red Oak, the harder White Oak with its grey undertones, Maple flooring with its straight lines or curly patterns, or even those rare cuts that have distinctive pattern of small marks which resemble tiny eyes, to American Cherry whose colours vary from board to board, the golden brown Birch, or the richly coloured Walnut, you’re spoilt for choice. The elegance of the wood actually enhances the value of the property. There is more demand by buyers and tenants for residential and commercial space in which wood floors have been installed. This makes it easier to generate leads and seal deals, making higher profits in the process. The nature of the wood also makes it easy to clean. Since it doesn’t attract dust, debris and other particles, or latch onto the ones that eventually end up on it, the vacuuming and cleaning process is a breeze. Wood is so durable, that if properly maintained can last for over a hundred years. In fact, there are numerous buildings around the world where their floor installations have been gleaming longer than their countries have celebrated independence. In addition to the cleaning, the maintenance process also involves floor sanding and refinishing, to restore the beauty and strength to the surface.
Common DIY Floor Sanding Mistakes
Going the DIY route with floor sanding is risky. This ranges from making tiny mistakes that become glaring blemishes in the finish, to ruining the floor with extensive damage that may end up requiring you to replace the boards. This is in addition to high amount of time and energy you’ll have spent on the task. There are different factors to consider during the operations, all of which need to blend together to avoid disaster. The machinery has to be high quality, capable of delivering the power needed to sand through to the bare wood. One needs to start off with low-grit sand paper, and work up to the high-grits to ensure the surface remains smooth. How the machinery is manoeuvred across the surface is key. If it’s not moved at a steady pace, dips and ridges could from. Faulty equipment, whether it vibrates too much or is it out of tune, can result in issues such as chatter marks and edger divots. Even the turning on or off of the machine while the sanding belt is in contact with the floor surface will damage it. Concentrating too much on one area because it has imperfections such as being uneven, will cause you to take too much off the floor, digging deeper into the wood. Dust generated also needs to be efficiently vacuumed off. Unfortunately the vacuums that come with the floor sanding equipment for hire usually don’t have the capacity of ensuring sufficient removal of the particles. Some will wind up on the different surfaces in the interior space, and those fine ones will float around in the air space- and inhaling them will irritate the respiratory system. This not only leaves you with a huge cleaning chore, but the dust that is left behind on the floor will cause blemishes on the new finish that is to be applied. These mistakes, plus the accompanying inconveniences and frustrations, can be avoided by calling in the floor sanding experts to take care of the job for you.