Underneath the carpet there is often a beautiful wooden floor waiting to be refurbished and shown off. Here at Cherry & White Tool Hire in Gloucester we offer floor sander and tool hire services to allow you to refurbish your wooden flooring.
A wooden floor has obvious advantages, not least its natural, non-toxic beauty. It’s also a lot easier to clean than carpet, and harbours fewer germs and dust mites, so it’s better for people with allergies. If you’re shopping around for wooden flooring, the best timber on the market is from sustainably managed forests – visit the Forest Stewardship Council (fsc-uk.org) for more information. Consider carefully what type of wood to buy: tropical hardwoods, including mahogany, are not recommended unless they have been certified by the FSC.
To bring your wooden floor back to its beautiful best, you will need to get your hands on some specialist kit, not least of which is an electric floor sander. You can easily rent one from Cherry & White Tool Hire in Gloucester – and their floor edging sander goes right up to the skirting board, so you won’t have to get down on your hands and knees with sandpaper to finish the job. You should also get a special brush for applying the varnish – preferably with synthetic fibres, sandpaper, a mop and bucket, varnish, a floor pad and hammer.
What to do …..
1. Close the door so the dust doesn’t travel, open the windows, and put on a dust mask and safety goggles. Inspect the bare floor (we’ll take it for granted you’ve removed all furniture and rugs/ carpets) – Hammer down any nails that might be sticking out, so the sandpaper or sander doesn’t get damaged.
2. Fill in any gaps in the floorboards. For large gaps or holes, use a thin strip of wood covered in glue and stick it in the gap; for smaller gaps use papier mache. Add some water-based wood dye to match the sanded floor. Force it into the gaps, smooth off and let it dry.
3. Start by sanding the floor with coarse sandpaper. If you are using a floor sander you will need to fit it with sandpaper, ensuring that it is incredibly tight around the drum – the staff at Cherry & White Tool Hire will talk you through this to avoid any errors. Start at one end of the room, leaving about two-thirds of the floor exposed in front. Start the sander – the drum needs to be off the floor – then walk forward and gently ease the drum to the floor. As you reach the end of the strip, cautiously begin to raise the drum off the floor.
With hand-held floor sanders, again load the sandpaper so it’s tight, start with the sander off the floor and lower it gently. Sand with the grain, moving the sander slowly from side to side. As you get to the end of the strip, turn by sanding in a semicircle direction. Safety Note: Remember to unplug the sander whenever you need to change the sandpaper!
4. Once the dust has settled , vacuum everywhere, then wipe the floor with white spirit and leave to dry completely. Apply varnish to seal the wood; you can do this using a floor pad. Varnish floor pads come in a plastic container with the varnish. Dip the pad into the container to load it and start at the corner of the room that is furthest from the door. It’s important to move the floor pad in the direction of the wood grain. For consistency, as you get to the other side of the room, turn the pad around and apply the varnish from the other end. Apply two to three coats leaving about two hours drying time in between.
The Cherry & White Tool Hire Expert Tip
For a really nice finish, Cherry & White Tool Hire recommend this tip …. “In between the coats, go over the floor with a light sandpaper. Then mop the floor and wipe it with a little bit of paint thinner on a cloth to pick up all the dust, then varnish again. It’s best to do three coats of varnish, wiping the floor in between. The more you do that the more likely you will get a good finish and a harder, durable floor.”
For more information about floor sander hire in Gloucester or for a free no-obligation quotation please contact Cherry & White Tool Hire …. and remember floor sander delivery and collection in Gloucester is free for you too!