The first step to Floor Sanding and Polishing Adelaide is usually the hardest. The floor sanding and the polishing process generally start with a bang. First, all loose nails in both groove and tongue boards are punched below the wood’s surface. Then, if the wood floor already has a protective coating, coarse sandpaper is used, to begin with. However, if the wood floor is bare, fine grade sandpaper is used.
There are several reasons why floors need to be sanded and polished. The first is to remove the signs of wear and tear, such as scratches. When floors have been repeatedly worn and repaired, they can leave nicks, dents, and scratches in the boards. Besides, worn and damaged boards may not have a flat, smooth, reflective surface that will show light when it is walked on. Finally, some floors have been damaged due to water damage or leakage: floor sanding and polishing help remove the scratches and prevent other problems from developing.
Polishing can also be done after floor sanding and before staining, although many homeowners choose to go with the first available finish. There are two raw finishes – premium finishes and non-premium finishes. Premium finishes help restore the lustre of expensive materials while non-premium finishes prevent and reduce fading caused by exposure to the sun.
It is important to note that not all floor sanding and polishing involve removing the original finish. Many homeowners may want to remove the existing skirting boards for their reasons. If there is a requirement to remove skirting boards, the homeowner should ensure that all necessary steps are taken to safeguard against the damage that could occur in the removal process.
The first step in the buffing and sealing process is to prepare the area that will receive the finishing and polishing. This includes prepping the subfloor so that it is ready for the sanding and sealing process. Homeowners should vacuum all loose debris from the room to not contaminate the dust area during the buffing and sealing process. Vacuuming can also help to keep dirt out of the wood while the process is going on. Besides, homeowners should clear away any shelving, shelves, doors, and windows involved in the repair process.
Once all debris has been removed, homeowners should begin the floor sanding and polishing process. For hardwood floors, homeowners should begin by removing the topmost layer of finish. This step of the process aims to ensure the wood floor is immaculate and free of imperfections. Using a dry, soft bristle floor sandpaper, the homeowner should remove the existing floor coating so that the hardwood floors are ready for the polishing process.
Hardwood Floor Sanding and Polishing Adelaide often require several floor sanding passes and at least two passes of floor polishing. Each pass of sanding and polishing will improve the look of the wood floor. During the second pass of floor sanding and the second pass of the polishing, homeowners should only use high-quality sandpaper and never work with low-grade sandpaper. Low-grade sandpaper can strip the finish off of the timber floors and cause the floor to become damaged. On the first pass of sanding and the polishing first pass, homeowners should use fine sandpaper to sand the hardwood floors and use medium-grade polishing products.
To protect the finish of the timber floors and prevent damage from the flooring sanding and polishing process, homeowners should apply a good wax to their floors’ surfaces after the flooring has been sanded and before they begin using the floor sanders and polishers. This helps to protect the finish on the floors and to make them easier to clean. Besides, homeowners should pay special attention to the edges of their timber floorboards. These edges are prone to damage from the flooring sanding and polishing process and should be protected from damage by applying a stain to the board.