Wooden floors can look fantastic and be a real feature in a home, adding aesthetic appeal and even value to a property, if laid and finished properly.
If you have wooden floor boards in your home but you haven’t made the most of them, then you really should. Either you can secure the services of a wood flooring professional such as Flooring By Design, to provide you with everything you need, or you can finish your floors yourself. But in order to do that you will need a few pieces of vital equipment, such as the following:
A Drum Sander
If you aim to finish your own wooden flooring the most substantial piece of equipment you need is a drum sander. This machine does the most significant amount of sanding, taking your floor from a rough surface to a relatively smooth one.
A drum sander is easy enough to use once you know what you are doing, but before you tackle your precious floor it’s wise to practise on some scrap wood, or a part of the floor that will be less visible.
A Vibrating Sander
Once you have thoroughly drum sanded your floor, it is time to pick up the vibrating sander. This is the next stage in achieving a gorgeous wooden surface and this sander is needed to smooth any rough marks left by the larger drum sander.
It is wise to use gradually finer gritted sandpaper in this machine, in order to get the smoothest finish possible. A vibrating sander usually comes with a dust bag to collect debris made while sanding, though you should still expect a considerable amount of dust in your room, so it is important to open windows and remove furniture and other furnishings from the area you’re working in.
An Edge Sander
The edge sander is a smaller sander still, but a vital one if you want to get a fantastic finish on your wooden floor. As the name suggests, the edge sander will allow you to reach edges that are inaccessible with the larger drum and vibrating sanders. Most edge sanders are shaped similar to irons, with a pointed end that allows you to reach corners of rooms, and small areas around pipes and fittings.
With these three sanding machines you should be able to really make the most of your wooden floors, so why not see what you have under your carpet!