Various Questions on First Time Sanding

Various Questions on First Time Sanding
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    Hardwood floors are very pretty to look at and extremely functional at the same time.

    But over the years as you use the floors, there are chances of wear and tear to happen.

    The original glamour to the whole look is lost as well.


One doesn’t have to replace the hardwood flooring; instead money can be saved by using restoration techniques for the same. All you need to do is to get the floor sanded back to its original look. But most of those who are new to this might have various questions about the same. Here’s an account of some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers:

Q: At what regular intervals can the hardwood floor get sanding done on?

Most service providers don’t have a definitive answer for the same. Many factors and variables are taken into account here, because of the following;

  1. Are you removing a deep crevice or gouge?
  2. Who would do the sanding?
  3. What pressure is being applied?
  4. What are the factors which can affect sanding?
  5. Is the thickness of the wood apt for sanding?
  6. 3 sanding doses can be done if the thickness is 18mm and more
  7. 4 sanding doses can be done if the thickness is 24mm and more
  8. For floors of 12mm or less, not more than 2 sanding doses please
  9. Can one think of engineered sanding for the hardwood floor?

Yes one can, but for those who are novices at this technique it would be best to employ professional services easily available in the market. Over the past few years, engineered sanding has been considered as a popular option, and there are many companies doling out such services. It in fact is cheaper than traditional sanding methods and can have lasting effects for more than a decade too. Value for money and time saved as well.

Q: Are there sand paper grades to think of?

Yes, there are and any or all of them can be used. The roughest grade is 36, which should be used at the start to get the hardwood surface sanded. The next would be 60 for the second sanding dose. And finally, one can use 100 for a smoother finish.

Q: Can manual hand sanding be done?

Yes it can be done. However, if the space is large and one which needs a lot of sanding, being on your knees and using your hands continuously can be a very cumbersome back breaking task. Very rarely has it been seen that an awesome sanding finish has been achieved this way.

Q: Can drum sanders be used?

Certainly yes, but the finish may or may not be to the likes and expectations thought of, hence using an orbital sander is preferred by most.

It is always advised that homemakers and owners of establishments where hardwood floors are the norm should always check with many service providers online for more tips and ideas. Sanding is not an easy task to conduct manually. And it is certainly not one that comes without proper planning as well.

There are many reputed services that would work for your needs. Check with at least four to five of them; ask them to come over for an inspection. Obtain free quotes from these service providers and make comparisons on costs, quality of materials used and check with other websites of repute too.

Author Bio
Sanding the hardwood floors surely brings back the old world look and charm. But it has to be done with care and a lot of introspection. Hardwood floors in homes and establishments built in the early 60s have had special care given when being laid and taken care of. Jason Pote would like to share more information on gym floor sanding with you today.

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