Floor Sanding Tips

If you are planning on sanding your own timber floors, here are a few floor sanding tips you will be sure to appreciate. In my previous post on floor sanding machines, I mentioned that sanding floors can kick up some dust. This is because the vacuum bag on the floor sander can’t pick up all the dust. These floor sanding tips are all about how to protect your room, furniture and fixtures from the dust.

1 of 4 Floor Sanding Tips – Cover it

Floor Sanding Tips - Cover with Duct TapeIt never ceases to amaze me the places dust can get into. However, taking a few minutes to seal things up will save hours of cleaning later on down the track. So before you even start with preparing the floorboards, get some duct tape and plastic and seal off all power points and electrical switches. If you’ve had an air conditioning company install an air conditioner or a ducted ventilation system, make sure those are covered up well too. Even though all air-conditioners have air filters, getting dust into the nooks and crannies is a pain.

2 of 4 Floor Sanding Tips – Contain it

Only sanding part of the house? Dust will still find its way throughout the house if not careful. In my post on preparing for floor sanding I mentioned getting drop sheets for the floor sanding project. This is where those drop sheets come in. Get the drop sheets hang them on both sides of doors or entrances to the area being sanded. Use duct tape to secure the drop sheets in place.

3 of 4 Floor Sanding Tips – Clear it

Floor Sanding Tips - Clear the room!You need to get absolutely everything out of the room you are sanding. This includes any furniture, carpets, blinds and curtains, hanging pictures, your vacuum cleaner, dog, cat and anything else except the paint on the walls! If you don’t do this, you will find it just gets in your way and accumulates dust which you may never get rid of. What’s worse, is that dust clings to curtain material and most materials used on sofas and rugs. Out of all the floor sanding tips mentioned here, this is one you really need to listen to. Replacing furniture and curtains is costly.

4 of 4 Floor Sanding Tips – Clean it

This may sound obvious, but it is step that can’t be missed. In between each sanding, get your vacuum out and suck up as much dust as you can. And make sure you do a real thorough clean of all surfaces before you even think of polishing the floorboards. You can learn how to sand a floor here.

So these are my 4 floor sanding tips related to managing dust. Actually, if you hire a professional floor sander here in Brisbane, you will see that hardly any dust escapes during the sanding process. This is because the machines they use are better than any you can hire and they have refined their technique. If you would like to get in touch with me about your floor sanding project or more floor sanding tips, feel free to contact me anytime. I would love to hear from you. You can even contact me via my Google+ page.