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6 Floor Sanding Mistakes You're probably Making

The floor sanding process can be a difficult job to do, especially if you are doing it on your own. It isn’t as simple as applying sand paper to the floor and then rubbing it. There are lot of important things that you need to do in order to apply it correctly.

You must read the dos and don’ts before starting the floor sanding. Many mistakes are there that people make. We are here to aware you of the common problems with floor sanding that will make your floor sanding experience happier.

  1. Lack of appropriate sanding

The first common mistake people make, they believe by using 120g sandpapers, they can sand the floor. Sanding the floor takes so much time it makes you exhausted. You will see a huge difference when the top layer is removed and wood bared. Here, people think that they have removed enough top layer but actually didn’t. Get rid of scratches and dirt to get the smooth and even the surface. The smoothness of the floorboard determines sanding is enough or not. You keep sanding your floor until all marks are removed and it looks brand new floor.

  1. Starting with the wrong grit sandpaper

Starting floor sanding with the wrong grit paper can put you in big trouble. So what type of grit should you use? It depends on your floorboard. If you're refinishing your floor, more likely to use thin grit paper, but not in all cases. However, if you’re sanding your floor first time, you have to use coarse grit like 24 or 40 size.

Sandpaper can also clogs when you use too thin grit. Clogged up paper is unusable so you should avoid it.

  1. Too much pressure on sander

Everyone wants to complete their work quickly, so they push sander with high pressure. Many issues arise including cut – through, swirls, uneven sanding, and more heat production. Excess heat can damage the sander that results in the early filling of your disc.

The solution is the weight of sander or gravity, let their work. The sander should move around the floor as if it were sliding.

  1. Sanding in One Direction

Most people do sanding just in one way that results in an uneven floor. The purpose of diagonal sanding is to ensure that even a single spot or corner of your floorboard that is difficult to reach won’t miss. First move in a back and forth direction, then begin diagonally. This trick definitely makes your floor cool and even, just like a professional does.

  1. Overuse of the same sandpaper 

It is also a big mistake people make while doing floor sanding. By using the sandpaper over and over, its thickness decreases. Moreover, your sanding process gets longer and wastes your time.

If you notice that your floor sanding is going slow, then you need to change sandpaper.

  1. Not taking help from professionals

Taking help from professionals reduces your time and worry. As they have advanced machinery for floor sanding  they can complete the whole process in less time.


Getting the perfect floor sanding is difficult if your’ doing it the first time. But if you follow the above tricks and tips you can do it professionally. Learning from others mistakes can lessen your time and effort.

Harry Virk

Harry Virk is the director of CleaningPro Auckland. He has years of experience in the cleaning industry and his company is expert at providing exceptional cleaning services in Auckland. He has a passion for helping people and making sure that their homes are clean, tidy, and ready for visitors.

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