A Wood Floor Sander Can Make an Old Floor New
Although hardwood floors are a lasting investment especially when compared to carpet or linoleum, they still require ongoing care and maintenance to achieve optimal longevity and appearance. Wood floors can become dull and faded over time, especially in high traffic, or heavily traveled areas and will lose their luster. Additionally, small surface scratches in a floor’s finish will eventually detract from the floor’s overall appearance and subsequently, the appearance of the entire room or home.
However, having hardwood floors allows for an alternative to replacing an entire room’s flooring. Using a wood floor sander will strip the floor’s surface down to the wood, removing scratches and smoothing the texture. Once the floor is stripped and sanded it is ready to be refinished which will replenish the color, deep luster and shine of the wood. A wood floor sander can sometimes be found as a hand held model for very small areas, but more commonly, they are large sanders with a post and handles to allow for sanding without straining the back or knees. Although self propelled by the sander belt, control of the wood floor sander must be maintained by its operator at all times and therefore should only be used by those individuals who can physically handle it.
Stripping or sanding a wood floor can be a do-it-yourself project or as a service offered by some commercial contractors or flooring companies. Using a professional contractor ensures damage liability will rest on the company completing the task and will allow for expert operation of a wood floor sander. If planning to sand your own floors, many home improvement stores and equipment rental outlets offer a wood floor sander to be rented for a specified period of time. However, as damage to the floor or equipment can result from misuse of a wood floor sander, seeking advice from a professional is advisable before beginning.
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