Floor sanding can often be seen as a daunting task that is not only going to cost a fortune but take a long time to complete. At Zealsea Flooring, we know this isn’t the case.
We’ve answered some of the top questions regarding floor sanding and the basic floor sanding process that we follow, so keep reading to find out how you can have your flooring looking like new!
What is Floor Sanding?
Floor sanding is the process of utilising abrasive materials to remove the top surface of a wooden floor. The materials used usually begin with a course sandpaper, followed by a medium then fine sandpaper. Floor sanding is common when old floor coverings are removed and decent timber is found underneath, or to give a tired, damaged space a transformation. The floor sanding process is made up of three steps: Preparation, Sanding and Coating with a protective sealant.
When Should I Sand My Floors?
Many people wonder how you can tell when it is time to sand back timber floors. The first sign is that the floor is beginning to look scuffed and dull. On average, this will begin to show every 10 – 15 years, but this estimate is heavily dependent on the type of flooring. The second sign that it is time for floor sanding is when you notice obvious signs of damage. For example, you may be starting to notice aesthetic damages, such as, deep scratches or gouges that can be caused in high-traffic areas or due to furniture. Finally, floor sanding can be completed if you don’t like the look of your floors, even though they may be in great condition. A lot of people with older yellow timber flooring often choose to sand the wood back and apply a new finish, which prevents having to pull up the floor and relay it with new flooring.
Can Floating Floors Be Sanded?
A lot of customers ask us if it’s possible to have floating floors sanded. Floating floors are flooring that sits on top or an underlay instead of being glued directly to the subfloor. Unfortunately, floor sanding isn’t available for this type of flooring. Due to sanding machines being quite heavy (sometimes even up to 1 tonne), floor sanding on this surface would end up being uneven, as the floor would be compressed from the sanding process.
Can I Complete Floor Sanding Myself?
Floor sanding can be a DIY job but is it fairly difficult if you do not know what you’re doing. It’s always better to hire a professional because you need the correct knowledge and equipment to complete the floor sanding process. Not only can the equipment be dangerous to handle if you are not a professional, but you also run the risk of ruining your flooring. DIY floor sanding may take too much off the surface, leaving you with the financial burden of fixing the damage. Hiring a professional will ensure your floors are sanded properly, safely, and effectively.
Preparation for Floor Sanding
Preparation is key when it comes to the process of floor sanding. First, make sure that there is clear and safe access to the site. This doesn’t just include clear and safe access to the room, but also makes sure there’s safe parking to unload the machinery and enough access for equipment. After the site has clear and safe access, make sure that there is easy access to power. Finally, ensure all furniture and debris need to be removed off the floor to ensure that sanding process can be completed without any complications.
How Long Does the Sanding Process Take?
If a professional is completing the floor sanding, it is good to allow at least 1 – 5 days for the process to be complete. However, the official time that floor sanding takes is dependent on the size of the area and the condition of the flooring. Other factors that may also affect the length of this process are:
- Unevenness of the current flooring
- The previous finish on the flooring
- Damage that the flooring has endured
- The type of wood
- The number of rooms that need to be sanded
Zealsea Flooring’s Process for Sanding:
- Provide a Quote
The first step in the floor sanding process is getting a quote for the project. Here at Zealsea Flooring, we offer free quotes, so all you have to do is reach out via phoning us or filling out the contact form on our website. After asking for a quote, our team will get back to you within one business day.
- Arrival to Site
After a quote is provided and it’s time to lock in a date to have the floor sanding completed. On this day your Zealsea Floor professional will arrive on sight and examine flooring to see what type of timber the flooring is and the extent of the current damage. After examination the correct equipment and sandpaper will be prepared for your flooring.
- The Sanding Process
Next the floor sanding process gets underway! This process may differ depending on different types of flooring but typically begins will the floor being sanded with course sandpaper, followed by medium and then a light sandpaper to finish. This is the stage where the superficial damage on the floor is eliminated. Here at Zealsea, we use a state-of-the-art dust free sanding machine to sand the floor which means less mess afterward.
- Seal and Coat
After the floor sanding is complete, it is time to seal the floor and apply the coats of the finish deciding by you. In between each coat of finish, once the varnish has dried, we buffer the floor with our Polivac buffering machine. The final coat is then applied, and you have yourself a new, beautiful floor.
Take the Hassle Out of Sanding Your Floor
Have the trouble taken out of sanding your floors with the help of our professional sander from Zealsea Flooring, who is one of the best in Australia at his profession.
Simply contact us today and we will be able to provide you guidance on the best options for your space and organise your free quote.