Refinishing or refurbishing a wood floor takes time, patience and care and isn't a job which should be dismissed. That said, with the right preparation, the right equipment and a bit of effort, the result can be rather outstanding. There are basically three steps to refinishing your hardwood flooring. The first is sanding, the second is staining (if you choose to stain the wood flooring) and the third is wood floor finishing.
The first is really a drum sander and the next is an orbital sander. Drum sanders have the advantage of being really successful, but are heavy and may be difficult to use. What is more, if you do not maintain your drum sander continuously on the go, you will find you create permanent grooves which are dug to the surface of your floor from the sander turning in a static position. Orbital sanders on the other hand are more user-friendly and pose less risk of potential harm. Depending on the job that you're doing, you may also think about selecting an edging sander, which will let you get into the corners and straight around the skirting on your own room.
If it comes to choosing the ideal sandpaper, it is a fantastic idea to decide on a range from thick, such as 40 grit, through to nice, which extends as large as 120 grit.
Here are our top tips for Trimming your floor:
1. Sanding may be a messy process, so ensure you remove all furniture and soft furnishings and clear the room completely. When eliminating furniture, take care not to drag heavy things throughout the ground since this can cause damage.
2. If your room is empty, you'll have a good opportunity to make sure that the floor is clear of any staples, nails or tacks that could cause problems even though you're sanding. If you do find staples, be certain that you pull them out and take some time to punch any screws or nails down so that they fall beneath the surface of the wood.
3. When you start to sand, then use the heaviest grit at the beginning and re-do the floor, working with finer grit each time (the exact same rule also applies to the borders if you're using an edging sander).
Once you've finished sanding, then make sure that you vacuum up all of the dust that has collected on the floor and between any openings in the floor. At this point it's really important to leave enough time between sanding and staining and finishing to ensure any airborne dust has settled and has been cleared away before continuing on to the next stage.