A wooden floor is one of the best kinds of floors that one can have in their homes. This is due to the fact that it’s natural, non-toxic and beautiful. In terms of cleaning, it’s relatively easier to clean than others and never harbours a lot of dust mites or germs. This makes it more suitable for people suffering from allergies. However, they’ll often need sanding to make them have their best look. To do this the most important tool you’ll need is a flooring sander which can be rented from us at Floor Sander Hire London and be used until when the job is done.
However, before you begin doing the sanding job on your floor, ask yourself the following questions. The answers will help inform you on whether to go ahead or not:
1. Can I do it myself?
If you’ve never done any floor sanding, it would be wise to get a lesson before you begin. This is a vital preparation requirement. There are places where you can find the lessons and be able to equip yourself with the necessary knowledge. Therefore, just ensure you’re able to follow instructions given and never listen to anyone with a different opinion than those given by the professional. Of course, you may not be able to do the sanding as good as a professional would, but you can ensure that you'll cause no damage to your floor.
2. How much will it cost me? Will I be saving some money?
The cost of sanding a square foot of your floor is relatively cheaper than that of hiring a professional. This is after taking things like finish, rental charges, abrasive, and other necessary tools into account. However, if the amount of floor space you want to sand it small, then it would generally be a little costly. This is due to the fact that when hiring a machine, the cost will remain the same whether your floor is small or large. On the other hand, if you have a relatively large floor space to sand, you’ll be saving a good amount.
3. Do I need to rent an edger too?
The best tool for reaching those hard to reach places on your wooden floor is an edger. However, a belt sander can also do the job but it will take you so much time. So, if time is an important factor to you when sanding your floor, then you need to consider hiring an edger too. It will save you a lot of time.
4. So how long does it take to sand a floor?
If you’re using both the electric sander and the edger in 140 square-foot floor space, it will take you roughly 5 hours to do three sanding passes.
Another thing you must take into account is how old your house is. If yours is 50 years old or more, you’ll need extra time to complete it. The reason for this is that older houses have more rooms, generally speaking. With multiple rooms, you’ll need to do more edging and edging is highly time-consuming. Older houses also often have heavy layers of the older finishes. So, there’s no definite period of time for floor sanding because so many factors will play a role in the aspect of time.
With the answers to these questions, you’ll be able to take all the necessary factors into consideration before you’re able to come up with a rough time estimate for completing the process of sanding your wooden floor.