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  • Writer's pictureJhon Jair Grisales

The Role of Sanding in Hardwood Floor Restoration: Dos and Don'ts

Sanding is a crucial step in the hardwood floor restoration process, playing a pivotal role in revealing the natural beauty of the wood and preparing it for refinishing. However, sanding is both a skill and an art, and when done incorrectly, it can lead to costly mistakes. In this blog post, presented by Jersey Garden Hardwood Floors, we'll explore the dos and don'ts of sanding in hardwood floor restoration, ensuring that your floors shine with perfection.



The Dos of Sanding

1. Do Start with the Right Grit

  • Do begin with coarse grit: Start with a coarse grit sandpaper (around 36 to 60 grit) to efficiently remove the existing finish and surface imperfections.

  • Gradually transition to finer grits: Progressively use finer grits (80, 100, 120, and 150 grit) to achieve a smooth and even surface.

2. Do Use Professional-Grade Equipment

  • Do invest in quality equipment: Rent or purchase professional-grade sanders and edgers for efficient and effective sanding.

3. Do Sand Along the Grain

  • Do follow the wood grain: Always sand in the direction of the wood grain to avoid leaving unsightly cross-grain scratches.

4. Do Maintain Consistent Pressure

  • Do apply even pressure: Keep a consistent downward pressure on the sander to ensure uniform results.

5. Do Inspect for Imperfections

  • Do inspect as you go: Periodically stop to inspect your work for any imperfections, such as scratches or gouges, and address them promptly.


 

The Don'ts of Sanding

1. Don't Skip Grits

  • Don't skip grit levels: Skipping grit levels can result in uneven sanding and make it challenging to achieve a smooth finish.

2. Don't Stay in One Spot

  • Don't linger in one area: Continuous sanding in one spot can create gouges or uneven surfaces. Keep the sander moving.

3. Don't Neglect Edge Sanding

  • Don't forget edges: Neglecting to sand the edges of the room can lead to an uneven appearance. Use an edger for these areas.

4. Don't Overdo It

  • Don't oversand: Over-sanding can reduce the thickness of the wood and compromise the floor's structural integrity.


Conclusion

Sanding is a critical aspect of hardwood floor restoration, and when done correctly, it sets the stage for a flawless finish. Following these dos and don'ts will help you achieve professional-quality results. However, if you're unsure or prefer to leave this task to experts, contact Jersey Garden Hardwood Floors at (973) 978-5215 or visit jgwoodflooring.com. Our team of professionals is skilled in the art of sanding and will ensure that your hardwood floors are restored to their full glory.


Contact us at (973) 978-5215 or visit Jersey Garden Hardwood Floors.

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