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Sanding Hardwood Floors

One great method of making sure that your hardwood floors look as good as new is by sanding them. If you do this, then you should find that you can give them a new lease of life that they wouldn't have had before. Many people never bother to do this at all, however it is thought that you should try to do so at least every couple of years. Although a lot of individuals choose to hire somebody to do this, there is no reason that you shouldn't be able to do it on your own.

Prepare your room
When you're sanding, you can cause a lot of mess, and this means that it is vital that you move all of the furniture out of the room before you start. It is not enough to move it to one side and then switch when you need to do the other, because the dust will travel and will settle on your items. Instead, you should get it all out of the way, and make sure that you never sand with the door open.

Think of your own safety
You should remember that if you breathe in the dust from the sanding machine, you may cause yourself problems in the future. To avoid this, you can wear eye goggles and a mask, and always work with a window open. Even when you have finished the sanding, you should wear a mask until you are sure that all of the dust has been cleared.

Sand paper or a sanding machine?
If you have the money to hire a sanding machine, then this will certainly get the job done faster. However, if you choose this option then you should ensure that you read the instructions carefully, as this is important for your own health and safety. You should make sure that you are sanding each area evenly, as you want the floor to be at the same level without any bumps for when you move the furniture back in.

Clean up
Before you put anything back in the room, you should get rid of all of the dust. A vacuum cleaner is the first place to start, and once the bulk of it has been dealt with you could choose to use a damp mop (not wet, as this could damage your floor) or wood floor wipes to remove the rest of the dust. Once you have done this, you can replace your furniture and enjoy your new and improved wood flooring.

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