How To Sand The Floors Myself? The Process Of Sanding Hardwood Floors

edger for sanding wood floor edges

How Does The Process Of Sanding Hardwood Floors Looks Like?

Without Installing brand-new flooring and getting into the expense or trouble, you have the option of Sanding Hardwood floors to change the whole look of the floors just like you have installed a new one. But wait, how does the entire process look like? That’s what we are going to discuss in the article.

Step 1: Managing the Right Tool / Equipment and materials:

Before you start anything, there should be the whole check and balance of the materials and Tools/Equipment. Without it, you can’t probably do the entire procedure that easily. You can Google the list of Tools and materials required for the Sanding of Hardwood Floors.

tools for sanding hardwood floor

Step 2: Cleaning the Floor:

After managing all of the necessary tools, the next step should be to clean or wipe out the entire surface. Usually, the hard debris or dust that used to be present on the Hardwood Floors creates issues in the sanding process as a whole. Therefore, you need to clean all of the debris and dust out of the Hardwood floors to let the sanding work complete in the right way for you.

Apart from that, if any of the sides have loose nails, you need to take the help of a hammer to fix it up. So, nothing would ruin at the time of starting the sanding procedure.

cleaning the hardwood floor

Step 3: Starting with the Grit Sequence:

The majority of the people are into the myth of sanding the Hardwood floor for one time, and they would get smooth, flat, and clean results. In reality, you have to consider four sanding passes to imagine the better results.

You need to know that the Grit sequence is significant for the hardwood flooring. Not every surface needs the same type of grit, and you can get it done in one grit. Therefore, you need first to identify the Sequence and then start the work based upon that. Otherwise, you will damage the floors with the same type of grit sequence.

You will have multiple types of grit sequences in the market, just like 12grit, 16 grit, 24 grit, 36grit, 60grit, 80grit, and 100grit. Most importantly, all of the grits have their unique usages.

different grits of sanding paper

Step 4: Use Drum Sander to Sand the main Fields:

The drum sander is the essential tool in the entire sanding process. We have talked about the Grit sequence; the Grits are used in the Drum sander to begin the procedure. Before using the Edger’s and sanders, you should briefly know Sanders in advance.

If you have multiple Hardwood Floors rooms that require sanding, you should only do it on one flow when the Drum sander can easily reach every room. If you have multiple stories where you want to do the sanding, you have to finish up one floor and then go towards the other floor.

Apart from that, if anyone else is working with you, never try to use the edger and drum simultaneously in one room. It will save your time, but the focus will get off, and you might miss the important parts of the floors, which will raise safety issues later on.

drum sander for hardwood floors

Step 5: Take Help of Edger:

The edger is used to sand all the remaining places where it’s hard for the Drum sander to do the sanding. However, never try to use the Edger and Drum sander simultaneously, as discussed earlier.

edger for sanding wood floor edges

Step 6: Clean the Surface:

You have cleaned the Surface to clean it adequately and the debris or dust to be appropriately wiped out. In this phase, you would have a lot of litter and abrasion on the floors that are usually caused due to the sanding mineral. Well, you need to clean the surface again to keep the abrasive or litter out of the floor. For cleaning purposes, you can take the help of a mop or a vacuum.

Step 7: Again Use Drum Sander: 

After performing the entire process earlier, the next step is to go to the next field area. Therefore, you have to start over again with the drum sander. Therefore, initialize the Sanding Sequence and start the work again similarly.

Step 8: Again Use Edger:

Just like we have mentioned earlier, you would not sand some of the field areas with the help of a Drum sander. For that, you will have to take the help of edges.

Step 9: Re-do the Step 6 and Step 8:

Your main task should be to sand the Hardwood Floor through 80Grit. Therefore, you need to follow the steps mentioned above in Step 9 until the Hardwood Floor reaches 80grit. It would be ok if you have successfully reached 100grit. The perfect Floor stain recommended for fine finishing grit is 100. Therefore, it would be a bonus if you achieved it successfully.

Step 10: Use of Carbide Scrapers:

Normally, the rooms are square, and the edges you are using are Round. Therefore, those four corners should not be leftover. In that case, Carbide Scrapers is mandatory to sand the four corners of the rooms. It should be done after you complete the other parts of the room’s surface.

scraper for hardwood floor

Step 11: Check the Perimeters:

You have achieved the 100grit sanding with having a whole bunch of experience. However, you need to know about the perimeters of your room. For that, you can take the help of your knees and hands.

Step 12: Use a buffer:

You have done multiple coats onto the Hardwood floors, and there might be an exception that you will get to major problems in the future by just skipping the minor issues. So, you need to buff the surface earlier to prevent any issues that might happen in the future. Before going for the last coat, you have to buff the surface area to blend sand the whole floor.

buffer for sanding hardwood floor

Step 13: Perform the Vacuuming:

Wiping off the dust from the surface is essential. Therefore, you need to vacuum or clean the surface for the last time after you have finished the work.

vacuuming wood floor

Step 14: Use Microfiber Cloth:

In the last step, you need to use a dry Microfiber cloth to remove all of the remaining dust from the hardwood floor. After that, you are done with the sanding of Hardwood floors.

wiping floor with microfiber cloth