Wood Floor Sanding Is Not A Walk In The Park
There’s more to floor sanding than just the actual sanding itself. The process incorporates a stringent preparation session, planning, dealing with imperfections on the surface, nail setting, all through to filling those holes and dents that are on the floorboards. There are cases where damaged boards will need to be repaired, or even replaced. The end goal is to ensure that the surface is smooth and ready for the finish coats that are to be applied. However, while the professionals make it look easy, it really isn’t. This is a hard reality that many enthusiastic DIYers come to confront once they start the project. In fact, most of these end up pausing midway and call in the professionals to rectify the damages made and take over the process. Just what exactly is frustrating about the floor sanding process? What mistakes are usually made? We’ll delve into these issues and more.
- The Mess
One of the main things that put people off about the floor sanding is the mess that is formed. Have you heard those horror stories about people’s homes being left covered in sanding dust for weeks? Not just a couple of surfaces in the living room. The entire house. Even when items are protected by plastic sheets, the fine and light sawdust particles will be airborne, being carried through the different rooms. It’s worse when it gets into the HVAC system, in which case the dust particles can remain in circulation for months. The clean-up job that is required after the DIY floor sanding jobs is massive.
Granted, many of the conventional floor sanding machines today come with dust bags on the unit, which have been designed to collect the dust as it is generated. The particles are held in, reducing the dust released into the surrounding environment – but is not as effective as the dustless floor sanding machinery that the professionals employ. Here, instead of the contemporary sander with dust bag, the pros use industrial-grade vacuuming systems that have been hooked up to the sanding machines. This delivers powerful suction, that can even get rid of over 99% of the dust that is produced during the sanding. The separation filters incorporated in the units prevent the dust from being released back into the airspace, and it is transported safely to containment units through a series of pipes. This makes the process far less messy, taking away the need for an arduous clean-up job after the sanding. What’s more, it aids in making the process safer for both the contractors and the occupants of the building.
Dustless floor sanding services are available across the board, from homes and office buildings, restaurants and hotels, all through to areas like museums and galleries which are particularly dust-sensitive in order to protect the items in the facility. They have the welcome bonus of cutting down the amount of time taken for the floor restoration process, which is beneficial whether you want to minimise the disruption in your home, or the project is being carried out in schools, universities public areas and similar venues which typically have short windows for completing maintenance projects.
Any mistake made during the actual sanding will be highlighted more boldly when the finish products are applied. From scratches left behind due to skipping grit sequences, divots caused by starting the sander when the drum is in contact with the ground – which leads to it spinning on one spot, all through to swirl marks and chatter marks, which ruin the appeal of the floor. These are caused by a myriad of issues, from incorrectly setting the sanders, the pace and direction used when manoeuvring the sanders across the floor surface, all through to working with malfunctioning equipment. Rectifying the imperfections will definitely take up more time and resources, which is why it is recommended that you get professional services right from the word go.
One can’t simply mix different wood stains and finishes in a bid to achieve a unique result. They need to be compatible with each other. Today, manufacturers of the wood stains and floor treatment products blend their formulations to comply with various regulations, such as the strict VOC laws. While years ago flooring contractors would add different products into the wood stains, like kerosene and mineral spirits to thin out the stain and achieve more surface coverage per litre of product, this is no longer appropriate. Firstly, the special blends seen with the different products on the market prevent that. What’s more, using some additives with the wood stains may also be against the law.
Manufacturers have a range of specific products that can be mixed together. For instance, for those looking to dilute the colour of the wood stain, the manufacturer may recommend a neutral stain, with the resultant solution being safe for both the floor and the occupants of the household. Sure, there are situations where the property owner has special staining needs which are different from the options available in the market. A unique blend can be developed by mixing together different formulations, but these need to be in line with the specifications of the manufacturer. You don’t want to ruin your wood floor in the process of experimenting with it. The risks are heightened when taking this on as a DIY job. Bringing in the professional floor sanding and restoration crew will enable you to ensure that you get that unique result you desire without ruining the integrity of the finish coats in the process.
Looking to have your floor sanded and refinished? You don’t have to put yourself through the struggle and frustrations of a DIY process. Simply get in touch with our crew to take care of the job for you, all at an affordable process. We have made heavy investments in state-of-the-art gear, from powerful sanders to dustless systems, in order to expedite the process and reduce downtime. What’s more the years of experience that our personnel come with ensure that the task is done to the desired quality standards.