5 Common Floor Sanding Mistakes And How You Can Avoid Them

09 May 2022
Agboakiosime Imoudu


Is your hardwood floor old and unattractive, or are you thinking about installing a hardwood floor and want to make sure you do it right? Either way, you’ll need to sand the floor before applying a new finish. Here are five common mistakes people make when sanding hardwood floors, and how to avoid them.

  1. Not removing enough material

If you don’t remove enough material when you sand, it will take forever to get a smooth finish. The best way to avoid this mistake is to use a floor sander that removes a lot of material quickly.

  1. Not sanding in the right direction

When you sand, you should always sand in the direction of the wood grain. If you sand against the grain, you’ll end up with a rough surface.

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  1. Not using the right grit paper

If you use too coarse a grit paper, you’ll leave scratches on the floor. If you use too fine a grit paper, you’ll just be wasting time because the scratches won’t be removed. The best way to avoid this mistake is to use a floor sander that comes with a variety of grit papers.

  1. Avoiding the edges

It’s tempting to avoid sanding the edges of the floor because it’s hard to reach them with a floor sander. But if you don’t sand the edges, they’ll be visible after you finish. The best way to avoid this mistake is to use an edge sander.

  1. Not making adequate preparation before sanding

Before you start sanding, you need to remove all the furniture from the room and cover the doorways with plastic sheeting. If you don’t prepare the floor properly, you’ll end up with a big mess. You also need to wear the right safety gear, such as a dust mask and earplugs.

If you avoid these common mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to getting a perfect finish on your hardwood floor. One sure way to avoid these mistakes is to get a professional from Gulvkanonen to do the job for you.

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