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There are many reasons why people in Brisbane
turn to timber for their floors. Timber floors are elegant, timeless and easy
to maintain, sanding it is enough to bring back its beauty and shine.
Moving furniture, high heeled shoes, pets,
etc. can all contribute to the timber floor’s deteriorating appeal. Simple
floor sanding can give a huge difference in the overall appearance of your home
and more so to its value. Hiring someone to do the job for you is possible, but
not necessary. DIY floor sanding can be done, but there are some things you
must avoid to ensure that you are working on the entire sanding process
DIY Sanding: Things To Avoid
Using the incorrect grit sandpaper
Unfortunately, this is
one of the usual mistakes DIYers in Brisbane, and other parts of Australia,
commit when sanding their timber floors. The grit to use must be dependent on
the condition of the floor. For instance, if the floor has not been sanded,
using a rough paper in the beginning, around 24 grit, is recommended. By using
rougher paper, you can remove old varnish and dirt more efficiently. On the
other hand, if the floor has been sanded previously and just requires a
refresh, starting with finer grit is a better idea.
By not using the right
grit, you might end up wasting more paper and exerting more effort for nothing.
Not sanding the floor enough
Sure, most people in
Brisbane are busy, they have work and chores to complete, hence sanding their
floors longer than what they are supposed to be, is one of the mistakes they
usually commit. Sanding floors is physically draining and time demanding, hence
if you do not have time to spare and energy to give, forget about DIY timber
On the first few
strokes, you can see immediate changes on the floor, but after dirt and varnish
are removed, progress might seem very slow. There are also parts of the
floorboards that the sanding machine cannot reach in a few glides. Hence
shadows on the edges and corners of the floorboards can be seen.
Some will stop the
moment they see changes, as they think that the floor looks good already, but
please never give in to temptations. There is a huge difference to see if the
floor is sanded completely. Make sure that shadows and marks are all removed,
tiring and time demanding as it may seem but worth it.
Not altering the sandpaper
The life of the
sandpaper deteriorates with every use and not changing it regularly is a huge
no. Some think that changing the disks and sheets regularly is very costly, but
considering the efficiency and effectiveness of doing so, spending a few
dollars should not matter as much.
If you do this regularly, you are saving yourself energy and time, and also assure you that your timber floor sanding is always successful.
Focusing sanding the edges of the floorboard
Edges of the board are
necessary to be sanded but not as thorough as how you are sanding the surfaces
of the floor. The floor sanding would never be complete until all edges and
corners of the floorboards are sanded well, but giving much attention to parts
of the floorboards that are highly visible to the naked eye is better.
It’d probably be a lie if anyone said otherwise. Look, many
lawn owners are always on top of things to make sure that their lawns and
gardens look exemplary. They’ll mow grass, remove weeds, and ensure that the
edges of the gardens, look affectedly neat.
For a professional look, you’ll need to create a clear cut
boundary between your lawn and pavement as well as the landscape beds. And this
is part of garden bed edging. In this case, you need specific tools. These
tools do a decent job quickly, easily, and in the cleanest way possible.
Importance of Garden Edging
Edging a garden makes your regular gardening look prettier,
but it will take a little longer. Nonetheless, it is worth doing it for the
It gives a professional look to your garden
Garden bed edging gives your gardens a manicured and crisp
appearance. With appropriate tools, you
can cut any crops that are growing uncontrollably. Then with modern edging
materials, you can give it a refreshing finish.
Whether you are using stones, logs, bricks, or seashells,
properly arranging each one of them along the edges of your gardens gives them
a neat appearance.
When you seek professional help, you can get different
designs of edging. Ultimately, this elevates the look of your garden.
It improves curb appeal and value
Proper garden bed edging from Straightcurve works well for both your garden and lawns. Typically, it makes the whole of your yard look impressive. For people intending to increase the value of their landscape, doing a professional garden edging is the way to go.
It protects your landscape from erosion
How often do you weed your garden? Regardless of the number
of times, once you dig up the soil in your garden, the soil becomes loose. Such
soil is bound to flow with water once it rains or when you water your garden.
This may leave a lot of mess around.
Trimming allows you to see the outline. On the outline, you
can arrange beautiful stones. Such stones trap soil and, at the same time, give
your garden an exemplary look.
It protects landscaping from overgrown roots
Your garden bed has different crops. Some have extensively
grown roots. If left unchecked, such roots can grow into other landscape beds
as well as over the edges of pavements. When you do edging on your garden bed,
you create a root barrier. This stops the crops in your garden from invading
Some garden bed edging tools
Some tools are designed explicitly for garden edging. They
Long handle manual lawn edger:
They come in different varieties. So
choose the kind of tool that suits your use.
Wheeled manual edgers:
They have wheels and a cutting
blade. To use the tool, push it repeatedly along the edge of the garden.
Handheld power edgers:
They have a similar design to
trimmers, i.e., have a powerhead, straight/curved handle, and a cutting blade.
Also, they have a guide wheel to ensure you remain on track as you trim your
garden bed. A rotating blade does all cutting.
Walk-behind power edgers:
They look somewhat similar to a
walk-behind lawnmower, but they have three wheels. They are large, thus
challenging to manoeuvre them. They are a good option if you have a large
garden to edge.
Hi, my name is Angela and I’m a proclaimed garden enthusiast. I do talks in our small community on all the things I learned and get to learn about gardening and beautifying my garden for years. It has been my passion ever since I discovered my ‘power’ to bring life to plants and even to those that are dying. I inherited this ‘green thumb’ from my granny who became the main reason why I fell in love with this craft.