When sanding floors, it's important to take precautions so that you don't damage the surface. If you're not careful, you could cause irreparable harm and have to pay for repairs. This blog post will provide some important information on how to protect your floor from being damaged as well as tips for sanding the floor itself.
Always Wear Eye Protection While Sanding
One important step for sanding floors is always wearing eye protection. Sanding floors can be a messy and unpredictable process as you're working with wood shavings, dust particles, and various other types of debris that are all flying around the area. If any of these items get into your eyes or on your face, it could lead to serious injury - thus necessitating immediate medical attention. Protect yourself by wearing glasses or goggles at all times while sanding surfaces.
Never Use a Belt or Disc Sander on Wood Floors
This type of machine is meant for removing paint and smoothing rough surfaces, not sanding your floor. If you use this type of tool on the surface of your floorboards, it could damage them by cutting grooves into the boards' faces. The only time you should even consider using these types of tools is if they're specifically designed to work with engineered hardwood or laminate flooring (the latter because there's no real face). Also important: never use an orbital sander like those used to polish cars! They can produce heat which will burn through the top coats and cause irreversible damage! Finally, don't use a belt sander either, as they have the potential to cause swirls and other marks on your wood floors.
Use a Vacuum Cleaner to Remove Excess Dust
This is important for two reasons: the first being that you don't want your floor full of sawdust and particles while sanding because it can be difficult to get out later on, and secondly this helps avoid causing scratches in the surface by moving things around with your feet or furniture. Sanding produces so much dust that it's important to keep all pathways clear throughout the entire process before finally using a broom once through.
Don't Forget to Protect Your Hands with Gloves While Working!
Dust from wood can easily irritate skin if left exposed for extended periods of time, which can cause discomfort when trying to sleep at night after finishing work for the day (fingers crossed you're finished by then). Also important is that you purchase the correct sized gloves. If they're too small, it will be difficult to grip tools and use them properly; if they're too big, your hands won't remain safe from splinters or debris which could lead to injury down the line.
Make Sure You're Using the Correct Grit Size for Your Project!
This isn't as important as sanding engineered hardwood because there's no real face nor natural grain structure (the former being smoother than even granite), but this can still cause issues with scratches in solid wood floors through uneven abrasions over time so always err on the side of caution when making important decisions like this one. You want a fine grit size that's between 220 and 320 for solid wood, but never use anything below 100!
Grit sizes can be important when sanding something like a wooden floor. A coarser grain helps remove more material faster while using less pressure from your sander or hand tools (think of it as the difference in removing a rough surface versus a smooth one).
Sand in One Direction and Use a Circular Motion, not Back and Forth
This is important because it helps avoid causing visible scratches that will be much more difficult to fix down the line if you're working with solid wood floors. Also important: never sand diagonally as this can cause your board to warp!
Sanding in one direction with a circular motion is important when sanding any kind of wooden floor or work surface. If you don't do this then it will likely result in scratches that are difficult to remove from the face of your board which may require professional help down the line.
It is important to keep in mind that when sanding floors it is important for anyone who is planning on doing any amount of work around the house with wood. It's important to know how many types of tools you should avoid using which can be dangerous.