5 Mistakes to Avoid When You Sand Timber Floors
When we sand timber floors, the first thing we do is talk to our clients. We talk about staying safe, and how to avoid headaches during works. There have been some “uh oh” moments over the years from miss-communication. For that reason, here are the top 5 tips to iron out the bugs and make it a stress-free experience.
1. – Don’t Sand Timber Floors until Last When Renovating
Before you sand timber floors you should finish your all your building work. For fear that you end up with a scratched or dented floor; you should schedule it as the last task. Jump in beforehand and you risk costly damage. Don’t risk blowing your budget out of the water. Tools, glue, grout, work boots, grit, paint and more can result in re-coating or re-sanding to repair them.
2. – Don’t Leave Your Cars Under The House
Some gaps between floorboards can be wider than others. Depending on the size, the floor coating can sometimes seep or drip through. Rather than ruin your pride and joy’s paint work, you should move them out. In the event that you decide to cover them, ensure to use plastic drop sheets rather than fabric. Of course, it is only necessary if you do not have a ceiling present under your floor.
3. – Don’t Roll Your Fridge Over Your Freshly Sanded Floor
Some people have ruined their floors days after completion. Oh yes, believe me, it has happened! Today’s fridges have a huge weight riding on four tiny wheels. They can indent the surface as well as taking the floor coating with it. But there is a safe way to move them back in after you sand timber floors. Watch the short video below to find out how.
4. – Don’t Forget There is a Fire Hazard Risk
Many timber floor coatings are flammable. In the event that we coat your floor with one, you should be well aware of what you can and can’t do. As a matter of fact, it is preferable if you vacate the house, especially during the coating process. It can be dangerous for a home owner unaware of the risks. Some activities classed as high risk can include naked flames such as a plumber’s torch. Others can include even a toaster, gas or electric cooker and smoking to name a few.
5. – Don’t Leave Clothes/Towels in Built-in Cupboards
Although we guarantee to keep your home dust free, there is yet, an exception. If we sand and polish flooring in built-in cupboards, it will pay to empty them prior. Sanding edges in tight places can warrant the use of smaller hand-held sanders. Sometimes, because of the confined spaces, vacuum hose connection may be difficult. Static electricity charged dust particles can cling to fabric located on lower shelves. Coupled with that, towels and clothing can absorb the smell of the floor coating used. You should move them before the sanding process. This is always preferable rather than washing and re-folding everything afterwards.
We sand timber floors in Brisbane on a daily basis. It’s important to us to inform our clients every step of the way about what to expect before and during works. Find out more about our floor sanding services or talk to us today for free, helpful advice – we’d love to hear from you.