Hardwood Floor Refinishing: Equipment & Materials
If you’re going to refinish your flooring yourself, it’s important that you get all the right tools. Unless you intend to sand each and every floor in your home, most random orbital Sanders is just the right choice for do it yourself hardwood floor refinished. They take much less time to complete than drum Sanders and are usually less likely to destroy your floor, however they don’t always provide the right finish for your flooring.
Some people will spend hundreds of dollars on a professional floor refinisher and still end up with a dull finish, chipped edges and a dulled-out appearance to the finished flooring. It’s unfortunate that they choose to go this route, because the quality of finished floors is often affected by poor refinishing techniques. To ensure a high quality result, be sure that your refinishing contractor uses the right equipment.
You might think that the random orbital Sanders available to the public can’t be very effective at refinishing your flooring, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A lot of hardwood floor polishers are designed to be used on a regular basis. If they are not regularly used, they can become dull and damaged quickly and may even chip or dent your flooring. By using your new floor polish, you can ensure that your polished finish remains strong and will be far better for you than using random Sanders and other abrasive products to refinish your floors.
Floor Sanders generally comes in two different forms – belt-driven and corded. Most floor Sanders is powered by the same type of power source, which is corded. These cords are commonly made out of braided nylon and can be rewound easily and plugged into any standard outlet, so that you don’t have to worry about an extended cord going through walls or overhead.
If you opt for a more lightweight sanding system, belt-driven Sanders can be a great option as well. This will allow you to refinish your floor very quickly and without worrying about dragging the floor across the room or damaging it when sanding.
When choosing a floor sander, you also need to decide if you’re going to get a self-cleaning or automatic one. Both options will remove any loose dirt that can be missed when manually sanding. Automatic Sanders will allow you to speed up the process and ensure a faster finish.