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    Top tips on how to sand a floor

    Published on 16 April 2019, Tuesday, 8:43 AM

    Floor sanding can revitalise your tired-looking wooden floors, giving them a new lease of life.

    But if you're embarking on this kind of DIY project, you will need to ensure you have the right tools and materials at your disposal:

    ·      Floor stripper
    ·      Floor sander
    ·      Floor edger
    ·      Triangular sander
    ·      Rotary orbital sander
    ·      Floor polisher
    ·      Woodfiller
    ·      Floor finish
    ·      Mop or roller

    Now that you have the tools, here's more information on how to sand a floor:

    1/ Remove all furniture and take up floor coverings, which may require the floor stripper

    2/ Secure loose boards with a nail gun and apply wood filler to nail holes and flooring defects

    3/ Cover and tape up doorways to prevent dust settling in other rooms during sanding

    4/ Run the floor sander over the floor in both diagonal directions and then along the grain, starting with a course abrasive paper and then moving through to finer papers

    5/ A floor edger and oscillating triangular sander should be used for any areas where the floor sander can't reach

    6/ The rotary orbital sander should be used if you're aiming for a superfine professional finish

    7/ Vacuum regularly to prevent dust from clogging sanding papers.

    8/ Apply two or three coats of floor finish to complete the job

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.