Sand down wooden floor - this is how it works

As simple as the task may sound, many mistakes can be made when sanding a high-quality wooden floor. First of all, you need to consider what type of soil it is actually. For example, some types of wooden floor cannot be sanded at all. Here we are going to show you how to properly sand the floor.

Structured plank floors - never sand

Structured plank floors, where the entire wood structure of the grain has been retained, are particularly valuable. If you delete this floor by hand, feel clearly the structure. These planks can not undermine them. A wood floor of this kind may be worked up exclusively with a coarse brush if necessary.

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Also in the aftertreatment or sealing is in demand in this soil expertise. Some waxes can be used, depending on which wood species was laid. Mostly but only a high-quality wood oil for this floor should be used.

Grind a wooden floor step by step

  • Sandpaper various grainings
  • foil
  • Screech
  • Wooden kitty
  • Ground grinder
  • Tape grinder
  • spatula
  • Fine broom
  • Vacuum cleaner with parquet brush
  • screwdriver
  • small crowbar
  • hammer

1. Clearing out space

Sanding dust really settles in every joint and crack. The room should therefore always be completely cleared out if you want to sand the floor. You should also protect the other rooms from the dust. To do this, glue a double overlapping layer of film to the door frame. So you can go through without having to tear off the foil every time.

2. Remove the skirting board

The baseboards must also be removed before you can start sanding. Carefully remove this with a small crowbar. Place the baseboards in the garage on two trestles. Then you can sand the skirting boards at a comfortable working height and reseal them.

3. Mending the floor

Rough damage and any branches that have fallen out should be sealed with wood putty of the same color. Also, check to see if there are any nails sticking out. Nails should be countersunk so that they do not damage the machine's sanding pad. Otherwise, this could cost your deposit if you rent a machine from the hardware store. In addition, the grinding wheels tear faster and your renovation budget is unnecessarily burdened.

4th. Sand the wooden floor

If very extreme scratches have left their marks on your wooden floor, you can start with a size 40 sanding sheet. Sand moderate damage with a 60 grit in the first sanding pass. You can usually leave out the 80 grit and then use the 100 grit sandpaper in the next course. In the case of a wooden floor that is supposed to give off a natural impression, it is sufficient to work with a 120 grit in the last passage. A parquet floor or a smooth noble floor should be sanded with a 150.

Tips & Tricks Now that you have laboriously brought out the natural wood surface again, you shouldn't hide it again with a varnish. A wood oil or a seal with wax also achieve a certain protection of the wood, but still allow it to breathe. The grain, as well as the color of the wood, is optically supported much better with oil or wax.