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 correctly.
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 sanding.
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.