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On the web you can find a lot of authoritative insights for the floor sanding, and today we decided to contribute to add some useful ideas for the benefit, above all, of newbies.
On the other hand, remember that the sanding the parquet floor it can be a difficult operation to do depending on the condition of the wood or other wood material with which you are dealing. And that therefore, in the end, the sanding of the parquet could discourage much more than some homeowners or DIY enthusiasts.
In short, some will find the smoothing of parquet extremely exciting, for others it will simply be a reason for unnecessary stress, anxiety and errors. We hope, with this short series of tips and indications of things NOT to do, we can help you determine your steps more safely, thus helping you to get closer to the successful completion of your wooden floor sanding project.
Before proceeding further, however, allow us a small premise: parquet flooring sanding projects are much more complicated than processing other wooden and non-wooden floors. So, if you feel you are not ready yet, it is certainly better to ask for the help of an expert who can protect you from gross mistakes and who, above all, can structure a customized sanding project, based on the actual conditions of the floor surface to be to deal.
Having said that, let's try to understand how to prepare for this activity!
How to prepare for parquet sanding
It is obvious that sanding the parquet yourself can be a good way to save money.
Moreover, what you will need to recover for this purpose is certainly not impossible to obtain or rent.
In fact, to be able to effectively prepare the parquet for sanding you will need a hammer, an awl, a scraper, a pair of gloves and eye protection.
Once you have this basic material at hand, proceed by moving all the furniture and removing the curtains and other objects that could affect the smooth running of your activities or that could otherwise be damaged by sanding.
Then, tape all the cabinets that you failed or do not want to move, and the doors, to seal them against dust. Then, if you have carpet, you will obviously need to lift it up, cleaning up the underlay and grip strips.
Subsequently, the entire area of the parquet floor that will end up being the object of your sanding, will have to be swept several times, in order to free it from dust and debris.
Then sand following the grain of the wood. The only exception is the typical one of the diagonal cut, to level the floor.
Then choose one drum sander recently built, which is suitable for an even more effective result and to manage the dust that you will inevitably raise.
Wear a mask: we repeat, there will be a lot of dust to manage, and that will end up flying around, with the consequence that it could be harmful to your health. Better to go on the safe side and protect yourself with the right protection.
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How to sand parquet floors
Now that you have prepared yourself correctly for sanding parquet floors, it's time to get in on the action!
Avoid being overzealous and making one excessive pressure on the parquet. Parquet floors are rather thin panels and are not as durable as other types of wood floors. However, try to find a balance: although excessive pressure is harmful, it will still be harmful - for the goodness of the final result - a too fast sliding of the drum sander.
This is a rather easy mistake to make, and not that easy to correct.
Also remember that periodically you will need to replace the sandpaper in the sander. If you don't know how to do this, it is good to talk to the shop that will probably rent you this device. The rental agent will have no difficulty in explaining how to change the abrasive papers and the basic sanding technique with the equipment.
I mean, don't leave the store without this information, just because you're afraid of looking like a newbie. Everyone is nervous when using a drum sander for the first time. And you are more likely to make costly mistakes if you do not update yourself on the correct use of the equipment.
Moreover, remember that the equipment hirer could be a good consultant to "exploit" if you want to know how to get the best out of the DIY of a simple sanding. Therefore, have no fear in asking for specific clarifications.
We hope that these brief instructions have been useful for you to get a better understanding of the first steps you should take in order to guarantee you a good sanding of your parquet floor.
But remember that:
- the operation is complex, and one certainly does not improvise good "sanders" of wooden and parquet floors;
- the operation is also quite onerous to manage in terms of dust and effort.
In short, we recommend DIY parquet sanding only to people who have the most useful knowledge and access to the right equipment. For all the others, it is good to resort to the help of professionals in the sector, who will certainly be able to carry out this intervention for you in a more careful and aware way.
It is therefore worth remembering that a small saving today ... could actually cost you very dearly in the future!