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.