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So the time has come. You can’t look at your scratched and worn down hardwood floor any longer. It is time to re-finish the floor and restore it back to its natural beauty.Before you get into the actual sanding job there will be a few things that you need to do. Preparing your wood floor is an important step of the wood floor restoration process so make sure you take your time with it.

Here are a few things to consider when preparing your floor for sanding.

Clear the Room Before Sanding

This is probably pretty obvious but before you begin sanding, you will want to remove all of the furniture and clear out the room. Even though you will be sanding your floor down, it is still a good idea to be careful when you move the furniture out of the room. There is no need to create more scratches in your floor.

Clean the Floor

I know this seems silly since you are going to make a complete mess of the floor soon but cleaning it is a necessary step. Using an approved floor cleaner go around and get out as many stains as possible. Unfortunately, you will not be able to remove any pet stains.

Hammer in the Nails

Over time the floor will shift and this will often cause little nails to become exposed. Go around with a hammer and make sure you sink all of these nails back into the hardwood floor.

This is a necessary step, as you do not want the sanding machine to catch these nails and cause more damage to your floor and the sanding machine.

Remove the Baseboards Before Sanding

If you have any crown moulding or baseboards, you will want to carefully remove them with a pry bar. The reason is you don’t want to accidentally damage them during the sanding process.

Protect the House From Floor Sanding Dust

Before you get started with the sanding, you should place some sheets or protective covers on all the furniture in the vicinity. As well, you will want to try and shut the room off from the rest of the house, as much as possible. This means you will need to close all the doors to the other rooms. This will save you plenty of time down the road when you have to clean up all the dust.

While the steps to preparing your floor are not difficult, they are important so make sure you take the time to follow through with all of them.