6 Things You Don’t Know About Wood Floor Sanding
Floor sanding is a very popular service when we talk about wooden materials, indeed. It is considered to be the ultimate facelift for your wooden floor. This wood flooring treatment stands for removing the top layer of the floor that includes the old and worn wood finish and sometimes a thin layer of the bare wood underneath when imperfections like dents, scratches and stains penetrate through the finish and occur the condition of bare wood too. Then sanding paper with varying density removes these imperfections and leaves the floor even and uniform, ready for an application of a couple of fresh and new layers of finishing product.
As you may guess, sanding is a very useful service for your wooden floor. It improves its appearance, its condition and even prevents smaller imperfections growing into serious issues that can pressure you to invest into major repairs and even replacing your wooden floor with a new one. Furthermore, floor refinishing can happen quite a few times in hardwood floor’s life cycle. And each time your floor will be back to its initial glory, beauty and solidness again. This is how sanding works like a magic wand.
Above are the basic things you might probably know about the sanding service, especially if you have experienced the service at least once. However, today we are gathered here to discuss and learn more about the 6 things that you (and perhaps even we) didn’t know about sanding! We know you are already intrigued, so without further ado, let’s start with the exciting part!
- You can sand new floors – Did you thought that this procedure is recommended for older wood floors only? Well, here is a little surprise for you! In fact, some new floors need a quick sanding too! It's necessarily for unfinished new floor too, right after their installation. Unfinished wood floors are not leaving the factory with a pre-applied finish. Finishing of the floor is happening after its installation. In order to the pores of the wood to be opened and the finishing, product soaks into them better, in order to add protection and preservation of the colour, texture and grain from within and on the surface too, the floorboards need to be sanded. The great thing about purchasing an unfinished wooden floor is that you have a great freedom of choice of how your floor will look and you have this large window of many opportunities for achieving and enjoying a unique appearance that matches your personal style and preferences.
- engineered wood and laminate are the same thing, but this is not quite the truth! Engineered wood flooring, unlike laminate, is a man-made product from natural wood and lumber products only. Engineered wood has a very interesting structure of layer that are glued together crisscrossed for reducing the impact of moisture and humidity on your floor. The layers are then topped with a layer of hardwood. Although the top layer of engineered wood is not that thick as solid wood floorboards, it still can be sanded, usually up to 2-3 times in the floor’s lifetime.
- After sanding, you have a few finishing options – Another topic that you might not be familiar with is that there are far many finishing product options than lacquer only. Although lacquer finishes are probably one of the most commonly used and popular, there is a broad variety of finishes and each of them can be beneficial for your project.
- Sanding is actually not messy – Gone are the days when wood floor sanding used to be a very messy service bringing a lot of stress and hassle into the house. With the improvement of the industry and technology, this service today is stress- and mess-free than ever. There is no need to cover the whole house with plastic sheets anymore, in order to prevent the fine saw dust getting everywhere because modern sanders have a vacuum machine attached that will collect almost 100% of the dust, created during the service.
- Sanding is not a DIY project – No matter what some people might say, do not try to strip off the old finish of your flooring on your own. Sanding is a service that professionals are trained for a long time. Although not rocket science, sanding is something that requires knowledge and experience. In fact, if you do not have any knowledge or experience and try to attempt it as a DIY project, you may cause so many problems and issues that even a professional help afterwards won’t be able to save and fix what have already been done.
- Sanding is not always the solution – Although sanding is really beneficial service with many advantages, it is not necessarily the magic wand that will get rid of all issues and imperfections your wooden floor might struggle with. Unfortunately, sometimes wooden floors are way too damaged, aged, with a poor construction and appearance, over-sanded, etc. and even the most professional sanding service won’t make the trick! In this case, take your time and do the research to check your options.