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Should I sand the floor myself?



I often hear my friends ask me this question – Should I sand the floor myself? – Mostly in search of a reassuring positive response. Al l they're looking for is some encouragement, a vote of confidence in their ability to manage a task they've never undertaken before. A ‘yes' from you is all they're generally looking for. However, there are those that want some serious answers to the question of “should I sand the floor myself,” before they can be convinced of their ability to do what it takes to refinish their own floors.

Here are some common questions that begin with should I sand the floor myself:
    1. Should I sand the floor myself or pay a professional to do it?
    This is a very delicate question and one that requires a straightforward answer. The good floor sanding job is the direct result of your ability to handle and use the floor sanding machine. Ask yourself the question – should I sand the floor myself – and listen to your answer. If you're not too confident of your abilities then I'd suggest you hire professionals to do the job. They might reduce their cost if you ask them for a quote that involves sanding the floor only. You can then do the finishing on your own. If however, you're confident of your ability to handle a drum or orbital sander then there's nothing like doing the job yourself and saving several hundreds of pounds. A word of caution though – poorly used floor sanders can cause damage to your floor which can not only disfigure it but weaken it requiring replacement. Believe me, that can certainly be a very expensive project.

    2. Should I sand the floor myself to take away the deep scratches on my wooden floor?
    Deep scratches and stains can certainly have you asking yourself “should I sand the floor myself,” in a bid to do something about it without spending too much. Before you even ask this question, you need to check the thickness of your wood floor. If your floor is thin then it can't withstand the sanding process which can rob it of its sturdiness. Wooden floors that are at least 3/4th inch thick can withstand the floor sanding process. If yours is of the said thickness then you can undertake the task of sanding it with the three grades of sanding sheets – coarse, medium and fine – at the end of which it should be free of all regular scratch-marks and stains.

    3. Should I sand the floor myself to get rid of the gaps in my floor?
    Gaps in the floor can defeat the purpose of your heating system, allowing cold drafts to get in. They therefore need to be taken care of promptly. However, you don't need to sand the floor to deal with this issue. Instead make use of a professional filler like lecol. It is resistant to both vacuum cleaners and shrinkage – something that can't be said of regular wood fillers available at most outlets
Those are among the main answers to the question of ‘should I sand the floor myself' that I can think of right now. If you do find yourself responding with a ‘yes' to the question - should I sand the floor myself – then read up as much as you can and learn about all the safety measures you need to incorporate.


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