Sanding Floors – Tools Materials and Safety

Image for sanding floorsMay be the wooden floor of your house is in a deplorable state. Perhaps, years might have passed by without sanding and polishing. It is unsightly now and you definitely need to do something about it. But come to think of it, hiring an expert for sanding floors is quite costly! How can you minimize the cost? I have an idea –I am going to let you know about the tools and materials required for the success of your task. Do not risk and get hurt in the process. That is why I am going to let you know of the safety measures that you will need to consider. Sanding floors especially can be quite risky!

The tools you will need for sanding floors

You won’t be sanding your timber floor with your bare hands, of course. Definitely, you will require the necessary tools to execute the task. For the costly ones, you may consider hiring them from the professionals around your location. I am sure you won’t have trouble finding them, as timber floor houses are so common in Melbourne. On the other hand, there are those tools that are less expensive and you will need them to execute the task, just in case, in the near future.

First off, the tools that you will find in your nearest hardware shop are a nail punch and a disk sander. I also recommend that you buy a belt sander if you do not have one already. In addition, your sanding work will be easier if you have a scrapper—a double sided one, and a putty knife.

If you are a type of a person that like to have your hands on the job, it won’t be surprising that you own screwdrivers, a hammer, and a vacuum cleaner. Well, consider servicing the vacuum cleaner as it is about to get back to work!

Sanding floors—you require these materials

As a complementary to the tools above, I recommend that you consider obtaining some materials like a masking tape and rags. Also, look for drop sheets, duct tape, and one or two sanding blocks. Finally, how can your list of materials be complete without a couple of sandpapers! Remember that all these materials are easily obtainable at your nearest hardware.

Do not worry even if you do not have the money to buy the tools for sanding floors. You can hire some of them, for example, the sanders. There is no need investing too much money in a piece of equipment that you will only use once a year or so.

There you go … I just exhausted the list of materials and tools that you need for the undertaking. Something to consider though, how can you safely handle the sharp tools that can pose a danger to you, especially if you are sanding for the first time? Read on!

How to be safe when sanding floors

Sanding floors is not a walk in the park. It is a tedious job for the passionate DIY-ers but very rewarding all the same. There are a few health risks too, for example, inhalation of toxic timber dust into your lungs. That is not the only risk; other risks can include a metallic tool falling down on you if you did not consider safety when making its storage.

Always look at the safety instructions that come with a number of tools and materials required for the job. Additionally, consider wearing safety gloves, safety head mask, and other personal protective equipment and most importantly, keep everything away from the reach of children. After years as professional timber floor sanders, we have the work down to an art. So if you need help, give us a call or send us an email.