Floor sanding is something you might have to do at least once in your life and if you don't want professional help, you will have to do it yourself. In this case, you will need to know what to do and how to do it correctly. Unfortunately, many of the guides and instructional articles online are completely inaccurate and if you follow them, the results can be devastating. Not only is there a big chance that you will mess up the floor sanding job altogether, but you might actually injure yourself.
So this is why it is important to debunk some of the most common myths about floor sanding. If you want to be able to do a good job and have a hassle-free experience, keep reading.
Floor sanding is easy
Floor sanding is in fact far from easy if you want to do it right. This is why not many people do it themselves. A good floor sanding job requires experience, patience, effort and skill. However, if you do everything with care, your lack of those things might not be so noticeable and there is a chance you will actually manage to sand your floor well and make it last a long time.
Floor sanding is dusty
Many people associate "floor sanding" with "dust". However, if you have the proper tools and do everything correctly, floor sanding can be less dusty than painting a room for example. Indeed, floor sanding produces large amounts of dust, but nearly all of it will be stored in vacuum bags so you won't have to worry about it at all.
Sand now, paint later
Some people believe that if they paint a room and then sand the floor, the dust will ruin the paint completely. Take a look at myth number 2. The dust won't ruin anything because it won't escape the vacuum bag on your machine. It's actually recommended to paint a room before sanding the floor. This is because your masking might not be perfect and you might end up cleaning specks of paint from your newly sanded floor afterwards. It's much easier to paint the walls and clean up the mess you might have made on the floor with your floor sander.
Remove the skirting and open the windows
There is absolutely no point in removing the skirting before starting a floor sanding project just like there is no point to open the windows either. If your skirting is already removed, that's okay. But by any means, leave it where it is as it is not going to be an obstacle for you. As for the windows - it's actually better to keep them closed. This will prevent any dust particles to be blown around your house. In the past, when you couldn't get a proper floor sanding machine, it was a necessity to work with the windows open, because those machines generated tons of dust. Nowadays, dust is no longer a problem.
In conclusion, floor sanding is a difficult job. And it will be difficult to get it right the first time. But it you avoid those myths and actually do everything according to the best practices, you just might enjoy the way your floor looks. If you don't feel like doing it yourself anymore, simply call a professional.
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