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Advice on sanding parquet

We don't need to explain to you that sanding parquet or wood flooring isn't the same thing as sanding a window frame or a baseboard. There's a very large surface that you'll want to sand evenly so it will last for years again, after you perhaps varnish it. How do you do it? Which sander do you use? We'll explain it to you.

Which sanders are suitable for sanding parquet?

Sanding a floor the right way can, of course, only be done with the right sander. However, which sander is the right one may differ depending on the situation. You'd almost think any sander will do, as long as it has a piece of sandpaper attached. You do, however, want an even reduction, and things shouldn't take any longer than they need. That's why the following 3 machines are most suitable for this challenging job.

Eccentric sanders

Sanding parquet with an eccentric sander

If you're going to sand your parquet floor using an eccentric sander, you've chosen a sander that's easy to control. Because of its relatively large, round sanding pad, it's suitable for large surfaces. The speed at which you'll sand a floor with it may be called average. In the case of an eccentric sander, you do need to keep paying attention, since the rotating movement you're making should be the same everywhere, just like the pressure you exert. This type of machine unfortunately can't reach corners. You'll need to sand them by hand or with another machine.

Belt sanders

Belt sander

Want to sand your floor quickly? Have a look at a belt sander. This sander has a large, rectangular pad, with a sanding belt running over it at high speed. Reduction, partly because of the higher weight pressing on the floor, is a lot quicker than with an eccentric sander. This does mean damage is done more easily. In order to prevent this, you should work with the grain in any case. The corners of the area can be reached more easily, but you won't make the final few centimeters.

Sheet sanders

Sheet sander

It won't be very fast, but a sheet sander is suitable for sanding parquet too. We mostly added this type to this list for its use in finishing, since a sheet sander does allow you to get into the corners easily and to go along your baseboard or wall exactly. Want to sand your entire wood flooring with a sheet sander anyway? You could make a case for that, since thanks to its smaller sanding surface and relatively low weight, a sheet sander is the safest choice when it comes to damage.

What should I pay attention to when sanding parquet?

Chosen the right sander or sanders? Great! Let's get started! Prepare the entire space so you won't have to drag furniture while you're in the middle of sanding. Cover everything that remains in the area with foil, then check the floor for any protruding nails. If you find any, hammer them into the wood at least 2 or 3 millimeters deep. Sanding parquet is dusty business, so make sure you have an effective method of dust extraction. In addition, always work with a dusk mask. Start at a coarse grit (K40) without using too much pressure. After the first reduction, switch to finer paper (K80/K100). Once you're done sanding, clear the space of all dust, since you don't want the finish to be ruined by leftover dust before it even starts.

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