Is Floor Sanding Messy?

When it comes time to refinish your hardwood floors, you may be wondering if you should rent a floor sander and do it yourself or hire a professional. Floor sanding can certainly get messy, so it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each option.

If you decide to DIY, you’ll need to rent a drum sander, edge sander, and possibly a buffer from your local home improvement store. These industrial machines can be heavy, loud, and tricky for a novice to operate. As you pass the sanding drums and screens over the floor, plumes of fine dust will be generated. This dust gets everywhere – coating the floor, walls, and any furniture or belongings left in the room. You’ll need tarps on the ground and plastic sheeting covering doorways to try to contain it. Wearing a protective mask is a must.

It’s hard work!

It’s physically demanding work running these heavy machines back and forth. You’ll also need a delicate touch to avoid gouging the floor or sanding unevenly. Achieving a perfectly smooth, blemish-free floor takes skill and experience. Novice DIYers often end up with scratched or unevenly sanded floors. Plus refinishing can only be done at certain times when you can clear your home of people, pets and furniture – like over a weekend. This limits how much flooring you can complete.

Hire a professional, it’s less messy!

Hiring professional floor sanders and refinishers may cost more upfront, but offers notable benefits. Reputable professionals have years of experience operating equipment and approaches the job systematically. They take precautions like sealing vents, covering furnishings, and containing dust that you may miss. Professionals have access to specialized dust containment systems and powerful dust extractors that trap most airborne particles, controlling the mess generated. They can complete the job smoothly and efficiently within your timeframe. This includes properly sanding to the appropriate level, applying stains or sealers evenly, and finishing with protective top coats that extend the life of your floors. With a quality professional sanding service, you can avoid the headaches that come with DIY and end up with beautiful floors.

What should you do?

In summary, floor sanding yourself can mean dealing with heavy equipment, major dust and debris, and uneven sanding results. Hiring a pro to refinish your floors means avoiding the mess and ending up with a flawless finish. When it comes to your home’s beautiful wood floors, investing in professional sanding services can pay off in the long run.

We can help keep floor sanding less messy!

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