sanding hardwood floor

Floor Staining

Get Your Floor Staining Project Done Right The First Time

Mississauga Handyman recently did a small renovation work where an opening was made between the kitchen and dining/living room area, which made the space quite a bit larger and more open. Where the existing wall was between the kitchen and living room there has to be a bulkhead installed to support the floor. And this bulkhead was supported by a group of sandwiched 2 x 6 boards. Then it was boxed in with drywall creating a drywall column and the support being which consisted of three 2 x 10 boards sandwiched together creating one strong beam.

All the drywall work was plastered with a series of coats of sheetrock 20 and sheetrock 45. The sheetrock 20 is nice because it sets fast enough that you can put another coat on almost immediately. So what we did is we put two layers of sheetrock 20 down onto the corner beads because you always have to build up a relatively thicker layer of mud in this area and you would not be able to do this with regular drywall mud. After the first two coats were completed in this case we applied sheetrock 90 because it sets slowly and allows you a long enough time to work with it. After doing all the taping and corner beads you let it dry overnight and it is ready to sand in the morning getting rid of all the high spots and irregularities to finish off with regular plaster mud.


We next did the oak hardwood flooring sanding staining and varnishing. This floor had many coats of clear varnish on it, that had to be removed to the bare wood. When sanding hardwood floors that have lots of coats of varnish or urethane on them you need a special floor sanding machine to remove the finish coat off the floor. This is a slow tedious process to grind the floor down to fresh wood. This also is done was very coarse sandpaper leaving grooves and ridges. Consecutive Sanding has to be done was progressively finer sanding papers to get out the scratches from the previous grit. Don’t just go from coarse grit to a fine grit because you will not be successful getting out the scratches that the previous grit had scratched into the wood. You must resend the word numerous times with finer and finer sanding paper.




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