How to sand wooden flooring

Many homes in Singapore have parquet flooring and over time the flooring can get scuffed or damaged. Repairing damaged parts of the parquet will fix the flooring but you will still need to sand and finish for the best results. Sanding can be a very labour intensive job but the end results always out way the effort taken. Here is a step by step guide on how to sand a wood floor. 

What you will need:
  • Dust mask
  • Goggles
  • Ear protector
  • Hammer
  • Nail punch
  • Floor sanding machine
  • Sanding belts or discs
  • Sandpaper
  • White spirit
  • Cloth
  • Floor sealer/varnish
Lets get started: 
  1. Clear the room and seal it to keep the dust from escaping. This will be a dusty job!
  2. If the floorboards are uneven and the gaps prove too wide to close, your only solution will be to replace them.
  3. You can fill minor holes with wooden plugs or wood filler.
  4. Hammer in all protruding nails or replace them.
  5. You will need to hire or buy a floor sanding machine, to finish off the corners you will need a belt sander. .
  6. Start by sanding the floors with the floor sanding machine, working diagonally and using the coarsest grade of sandpaper. Move the machine at a slow walking pace, sanding at a 45 degree angle to the floorboard.
  7. Replace the sanding belts when needed and empty the dust bag.
  8. Stop sanding when you feel bare wood.
  9. When you're finished sanding the floor diagonally, change to a medium grade sandpaper, and sand the floor parallel to the floorboard.
  10. Lastly, use a belt sander to sand corners. Again start with the coarsest grade to medium, and finish off with the finest grade of sandpaper.
  11. Hand-sand any inaccessible areas.
  12. Remember to not concentrate on any one spot for too long as it will unevenly dent the floorboard.
  13. When you are finished sanding, vacuum or sweep the floor.
  14. Wipe the floor with white spirit.
Now that the floor has been sanded. you can start to seal or varnish it. There are may products you can use to finish the floor. Depending on what finish you are looking for will depend on which product you will use. Remember to always read the instruction before using a product. 

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