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#1 3inthebed

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:04 AM

Has anyone had any experience with hardwood floor sanding? We are thinking of sanding and polishing our existing floorboards some time this year. We will use a professional. What I really want to know is how much dust is there really? If all the doors to all rooms off the sanded area are closed, is that enough to keep dust out of those rooms? The doors and archs will have been freshly painted so dont really want to stick or tack up a plastic screen over the door frames and ruin the lovely paintwork. So will any dust creep under the doors and infiltrate those rooms? If so, is it just a little that is easily vacuumed up?

#2 HRH Countrymel

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:15 AM

There is a lot of dust.

Put everything away in the rooms you aren't sanding and put dust sheets over them, put door doggies (draft sausages) along the other side of doors too.

Remember to remove curtains/window coverings from the sanding rooms - they will get filthy otherwise.

We sanded our ourselves - NIGHTMARE! - and it went everywhere - but it was easy to clean up again once we had regained the will to live.

#3 3inthebed

Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

Thanks countrymel. I guess the professionals have vacuum sanders so it is supposed to be less dusty than if you do it yourself. Has anyone had it done professionally and what was the carnage?
In our instance, it is only the hallway to sand. All rooms off this hallway can be closed. It is the items stored in these rooms that I want to protect.

#4 HRH Countrymel

Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

We had rented the big professional sander thing - but it was blocked at one point and just blew dust everywhere like a mighty tornado!  It was only for about 5 mins but Whoah!

In case that happens I'd do the dust sheet thingy in the bedrooms... if it is just your hall I think you'll be fine.

#5 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

Ours was done professionally 5 yrs ago, it's still messy  and stinky. You need to remove everything, take down curtains etc or they'll need washing. If it's just the hallway it might not be too bad but I'd make sure all stereos, tv's etc in the other rooms are covered with thick dropsheets  as the dust just gets in everything.

We are re-doing them ourselves this weekend, we are armed with drop sheets, masks, goggles - everything.

The smell (we used tung oil) lasted for days and days last time so maybe consider somewhere else to stay overnight at least, can't be walked on for a while anyway so in a hallway you'd have no access to the other rooms.

#6 roses99

Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:45 AM

Is there any chance you could do the sanding before you do the painting?

If so, I'd do that.

#7 3inthebed

Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

[quote name='roses99' date='09/01/2013, 12:45 PM' post='15221548']
Is there any chance you could do the sanding before you do the painting?

Unfortunately not. The painting is our summer project half way through now.

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