Understanding The 3 Stages of Floor Sanding


Floor sanding is the process of removing the wooden floor's top layer by scraping it with abrasive materials, i.e. sand paper. In case you need your floor to be re-done to restore the shiny and smooth appearance, then you have to hire a professional floor expert who uses the latest dust-free scraping machines that are can of restoring your existing wooden floor surface back to its unspoiled look. The floor sanding process involves three processes, namely preparation, sanding and coating. All of them are explained below:

The preparation process

This stage involves the removal process of any previous floor layers. It also includes removing any adhesives, glues and uprooting any nails found within the preceding flooring. After that, curative floor repairs will be done if needed. This can be a way of finding reclaimed materials to match the missing pieces, i.e. where a hearth has been removed.

The sanding process

After the floor preparation has been done, the sanding process follows next. Here, the first step is to carry out the sanding with coarse sandpaper to remove any remaining residues and to make the floor flat. But this mainly depends on the type of wood flooring and the kind of build-ups from the previous finishes. After this then a finer sandpaper is used to make a very fine and smooth finish to the flooring. In this process, the entire floor is polished back to bare wood and where necessary, any gaps found within the boards will be filled up with pine slivers for pine floorboards.

The coating process

At this stage, the floor is stained to achieve a desired color finishing, and after that, a protective sealing coat will be applied. The most commonly used color finishes include a water based polyurethane lacquer or hard-wax oils. The lacquers are easy to apply, simple to maintain and can dry within a short period of time. Their only shortcoming is that the floor scratches are a bit harder to repair.On the other hand, the hard-wax oils bring out the wood's natural beauty. If well maintained, hard wax oil finishes can last longer than lacquer finishes but they do need regular maintenance to achieve this.

Probably, your wooden flooring has started showing signs of damage and wearing off, so that is why a complete floor sanding is well recommended to restore the floor's natural looks. But you should generally avoid the more outdated floor paint finishes since they have already been replaced the eco-friendly water-based finishes. 


10 March 2016

Repairing my dad's old fixie

I really want a cool old fixie like some of the people at my university have, but they are actually more expensive than I had first thought. Then I was going through the shed at home, and I found a really old rusted bike my dad used to use. The bike needed a lot of work, so it's been a project for the last few months to get it working properly and get it looking great again. This blog has all of the repair and restoration steps that I have used, and pictures of my progress as the project progressed.