3 Tips for Sanding Your Hardwood Floors

The addition of hardwood flooring to your home can increase its value and create a more modern aesthetic. Unfortunately, hardwood flooring can take a beating as your family, friends, and pets travel across it each day. Resurfacing your hardwood flooring can be a simple and effective way to restore your home's beauty and appeal.

Here are three simple tips that you can use to make the sanding process a little easier as you work to resurface your home's hardwood flooring in the future.

1. Check the depth of your flooring.

Pulling up one of the planks in your hardwood flooring can be a simple way to check the depth of your flooring. Hardwood floors that have been resurfaced several times can become thin and shallow.

If the planks are thin, it can be challenging for an amateur to resurface the floors using an industrial-grade sander without causing serious damage. Consider contacting a professional for assistance with the sanding process of your home's hardwood flooring is thin.

2. Repair damage prior to sanding.

If you notice that there are some cracks, splits, or gouges in the surface of your hardwood flooring, it can be beneficial to repair these damaged areas prior to beginning the sanding process.

As you apply a putty or wood filler to eliminate cracks, splits, and gouges from the surface of your flooring, you may notice that these areas become slightly raised. By repairing the damage prior to sanding, you can easily resurface repaired areas to be level with your original flooring without having to invest time and money into additional rounds of sanding.

3. Be consistent with your approach.

Resurfacing your home's hardwood floors can be time consuming, but it's important that you are taking the time to be consistent. You will get the best results if you set aside time to make several passes over each section of flooring with your industrial-grade sander.

Start with the coarsest sandpaper attachment first to eliminate the top layer of your flooring. Then, make subsequent passes with increasingly smoother sandpaper attachments to really buff out the surface of your floors. By making multiple passes and being consistent in the amount of time you spend with each attachment, you will be able to restore the luster and beauty of your home's flooring.

Resurfacing your home's hardwood flooring requires proper sanding. Be sure that you check the depth of your flooring and repair damaged areas prior to sanding, and then be consistent as you sand to create attractive and functional resurfaced floors.