Sanding your own floor is a difficult task, especially if you lack the necessary equipment and experience. Sanding a floor without a floor sander is a crazy task, and even then, there are good and awful floor sanders. A faulty sander combined with a novice is a recipe for disaster. Anyone who is willing to sand a floor by hand without the proper equipment earns my admiration. Here’s what professional floor sanding in Sunshine Coast has to say.
How do you actually sand a floor?
You’ll need to use the edging sander to sand the room’s edges and the huge drum sander to sand the rest of the floor.
If your floorboards are extremely uneven, start by sanding diagonally to the boards (with the huge drum sander) to smooth them out before moving on to sanding in the direction of the boards. Sanding following the grain of the wood is a good rule of thumb.
You’ll need to use the edging sander to sand the room’s edges and the huge drum sander to sand the rest of the floor. If your floorboards are extremely uneven, you might start by sanding diagonally across them with the huge drum sander to even them out before moving on to sanding in the direction of the boards. Sanding following the grain of the wood is a good rule of thumb.
What sandpaper should you use
The type of grit you use will ultimately be determined by the type of floor you have. What is the state of it? Are there any wavy or uneven floorboards? Is it painted or do you think it’s coated in carpet glue?
16 grit, 24 grit, 40 grit, 60 grit, 80 grit, and 120 grit were the grits we used. Begin by sanding the floor with coarse sandpaper to remove old layers of varnish and smooth it out. Move on to the less coarse paper once your floors are clean of old layers of varnish, stain, and filth.
Starting with 24 grit sandpaper might enough if your floorboards are simply dusty or have a thin coat of paint on them. If your floorboards are particularly uneven or have a heavy coat of paint on them, you should probably start sanding them with 16 grit paper.
How much sandpaper you need to sand a floor
We learned the hard way that it’s important to change your sandpaper on a regular basis. You’ll be able to sand the floors faster if you change the paper more frequently. Also, don’t underestimate how much paper you’ll need.
When you rent a machine, you must also purchase paper, but you can normally return any excess. You don’t want to run out of paper, particularly if you’re working on the weekend and can’t get more. We utilized roughly 12 sheets of 24 grit paper, 8 sheets of 40 grit paper, 8 sheets of 80 grit paper, and 5 sheets of 120 grit paper for the huge drum sander. We used almost the same amount of each grain for the edging sander.
Is it possible to sand floors by hand?
No. I tried, believe me. It would also be a false economy because even if you don’t account for the impossibly long time it would take, you would very certainly end up using so much sandpaper that it would end up costing you more than hiring a machine.
You’ll almost certainly use a detail sander to finish off your room’s corners, so if you’re tempted to check if sanding floors by hand is conceivable, try it in a corner where you’ll be using a detail sander anyhow. You’ll see how long it takes to sand a small spot, and you’ll be able to estimate how long it would take to sand an entire room.