Restore Your Timber Floor With Sanding and Polishing

Timber floors are popular for use as flooring and can be found even in older homes. They give an elegance, warmth, and comfort that most stone or ceramic floors will not have. Wood is a natural product that does not have the hardness or resistance to damage that other floors may have. They do require careful use. Every home will have its share of spills, accidents and even damage from shoes, and dragged furniture to which timber floors are very vulnerable. Timber floor sanding and polishing can in most cases restore timber floors to their original looks.

One great advantage with solid timber flooring is that there is sufficient thickness of timber available that will display the same characteristics even when top layers are removed by sanding. Timber can also get gouged or cut from rough usage, while other common sources of damage to wooden timber floors come from pet urine, rusting around nails used to fix the floors, water, coffee and other liquid stains, burn marks from cigarette stubs and indentations form legs of chairs and tables. Sanding is a process that removes the existing damaged surface of your timber floor. Sanding operations can depend on the condition of the floor and its hardness. Sanding requires being carried out in several stages which start with rough abrasives to ones that are gradually smoother.

Most sanding operations are carried out by machines that take away or reduce the drudgery that sanding entails. In the first stage, a rough grade of sandpaper or emery stone is used to remove all the high points and ridges that have been formed on the timber floor. You may require making at least three passes with the sanding machine, with each pass removing the scratches made by the previous pass. In this first phase, the floor will feel rough after this sanding operation is completed. This roughness is then removed by further passes made with the sanding machine using a finer abrasive material. All dust created during sanding must be cleared before any further operations are undertaken. Certain sanding machines come equipped with a vacuum that can simplify the process.

The third operation of sanding using very fine abrasive material is then made so that the surface has the fineness and finish that is required. Remember that every sanding operation reduces the timber floor thickness and this is important where you are using engineered products on your floor that have just a veneer of timber. Always remember to sand with the grain of the timber. Remove all the dust formed and clean up the floor with methylated spirit.

You are now ready for the final job of polishing the floor. You can use finishes that are oil based or have polyurethane in them.  The finishes can be semi-gloss or glossy. Apply the polish uniformly to the timber floor and make sure you go with the grain. Let this coat dry out for at least eight hours. You can then again lightly sand the floor before you apply the second coat of polish. Allow this to dry overnight, before your floor is ready for its normal use again. Your sanding and polishing operation is now complete. For safety, get help from the professional, Brisbane floor sanding contractor.