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When and how to use floor sanding in Liverpool

One of the great advantages of solid wood floors, and even many engineered wood floors, is the ability to sand and refinish them to give a just-like-new appearance. While this may seem an attractive proposition, when is it really a good time to get a floor sanded?

After all, there’s a finite number of times a wood floor can be sanded, especially with engineered wood floors, and it will mean a degree of expense and disruption. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide whether to get your floor sanded and what to look out for.

Is your floor suitable for refinishing?

Your first step should be to decide if your floor is suitable for sanding and refinishing. Laminate and vinyl floors are never suitable for sanding because they are not made from real wood. Sanding is usually applied to solid wood floors, because they are the same wood throughout, but engineered wood floors can often be sanded as well, although usually not for as many times.

Even solid wood floors may be unsuitable for refinishing if there is insufficient thickness above the tongue and groove, perhaps because it has already been sanded several times over the years. If you have any doubts, find a floor-sanding specialist in the Liverpool that can assess your floor’s suitability and provide a free, no-obligation quotation.

How often should you sand a solid or engineered wood floor?

There are no strict rules on how often you should refinish a wood floor. Some suggest it may be required every 10-20 years, but much depends on your personal preferences and the level of foot traffic involved. For example, some people may like the character of a well-used wood floor, while others may prefer to keep it as pristine as possible. What’s more, while many minor scratches and other blemishes can be treated yourself or with professional help, more severe damage may require a refinishing to completely remove it.

What to look for when getting your floor sanded

While many people in Liverpool like to have a go at doing things themselves, sanding a wood floor yourself is usually not recommended. This is a time consuming and delicate task, and it can often result in dips and rises if the sander is not correctly controlled. While it may look fine just after sanding, these imperfections will stand out clearly once the finish is applied.

When looking for a flooring professional, a good tradesperson should be able to evaluate what needs to be done and provide a free estimate. If you have requirements beyond the refinishing itself, such as loose or damaged wood blocks, you should make sure your chosen operative can repair these prior to sanding. This may involve blocks being removed, cleaned and reaffixed, or when they are heavily damaged, it may require new blocks to be fitted instead.

While floor sanding and refinishing is not as time consuming as an original installation, you should still be prepared for some dust and noise. You should also follow your professional’s advice about when it’s safe to walk on the floor again and move furniture back into the room.

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