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Hardwood Flooring Supplier in Brisbane: “You Cannot Make Mistakes While Sanding.”

Timber supplier in Brisbane reveals the most common mistakes amateurs make when sanding a hardwood floor.

Brisbane, QLD, 12 September 2014 - The average hardwood floor is 19 millimetres thick. However, only 5 mm is available to be used as the surface of the floor. The other 14 millimetres consist of the tongue and groove configuration that provides structure and support for the floor. This means that, over the life of a timber floor, there are only 5 millimetres that can be removed for sanding, finishing and refinishing.

Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, a timber supplier that provides hardwood flooring in Brisbane, cautions his customers who prefer the DIY approach to be very careful when sanding and finishing a hardwood floor:

“For a professional who has access to professional equipment, the 5 millimetre threshold never comes into play. But for an amateur who has to go to a hire shop for a floor sander, there is a lot less margin for error because a small mistake can have large consequences.”

Mr Kyle recently provided two posts for readers of his blog. The first was an overview on how to sand and finish a floor and the second was about how to avoid the two most costly mistakes that amateurs tend to make when sanding a floor.

Sanding a Floor

The steps to sanding a floor are simple but must be executed for a positive outcome. First, the room must be emptied of all furniture and possessions such as curtains and area rugs. Heating and cooling ducts, electrical outlets and light fixtures must be covered with duct tape and plastic to prevent saturation by grit and dust. The room must also be adequately ventilated. After every stage of sanding, dust and grit should be removed via a combination of sweeping and vacuuming.

Sanding is done in three stages: rough, medium and fine. Rough and medium sanding are done in a diagonal direction and fine sanding is done in an up and down direction along the length of the boards. Sanding starts with 24 grit and 40 grit for rough sanding, 80 grit for medium sanding and ends from 100-120 grit for fine sanding.

The Costly Mistakes

There are two mistakes that can be costly when sanding a floor. The most common error is allowing the sanding belt of the floor sander to touch the floor while turning the machine on or off. The other mistake is concentrating on one area of the floor and creating a spot that is sanded too deep.

According to Mr Kyle, “The machine should always be leaned on its rear wheels to remove the belt from contact with the floor when turning the machine on or off. And you should always run it all the way to the wall without stopping in the middle of the floor. That eliminates the two most costly mistakes amateurs make and gives you the best chance for professional results.”

Narangba Timbers is a timber supplier that provides hardwood flooring in Brisbane. They are a third-generation family business that was established in 1972. They only carry the best timber and feature a strong commitment to providing great customer service. For more information, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/.