Pine flooring offers warmth and natural appeal to a room. As a mid-cost flooring choice, pine can be installed and then stained to match a hardwood, or you can let the light colour of the pine show through. Because it's relatively soft, it's better not to use an aggressive power sander, like a drum sander, that can inadvertently chew away chunks of your new floor. A more conservative sander and a light touch are all you need to sand your new pine floor.
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Things you need
- Random orbital sander
- Fine-grit sanding disks
- Vibrating hand sander
- 120-grit sanding pads
- Respirator mask
Check your nailing pattern to make sure that the heads of all the nails are beneath the surface of the pine. Any heads that stick up will tear up the sanding disks.
Fit a walk-behind random orbital sandersander with sanding disks labelled as fine-grit or 120-grit. Put on a respirator mask. Sanding pine creates a lot of airborne wood dust.
Start the sander in one corner of the floor, and move it in the same direction as the pine planks run. Don't move it back and forth; just lightly steer it along the planks in one direction. Stop when you get to the other end of the floor and come back on the next strip of flooring.
Continue sanding back and forth across the pine planks, never letting the sander sit still in one place while it's turned on.
Sand the edges of the pine planks with a vibrating hand sander, fitted with a 120-grit sanding pad. Move the sander lightly back and forth, with the wood grain, to sand the areas missed by the orbital sander. Wear kneepads for this step.
Tips and warnings
- A random orbital sander is less likely to damage soft pine. It features one or more flat disks that spin at the same time that the entire sanding assembly moves in an orbital pattern to prevent sanding marks on your floor. These are usually available at construction rental centres.
- Apply a pine sealer to the wood if you plan to stain it. A pine sealer is a liquid that you brush on and let soak in. When dry, the sealer helps the wood absorb stain uniformly. Without it, you may end up with a blotchy floor.
- Don't use a coarser grit than 120 to sand the floor. Coarse grits sand more quickly, but the risk of damage to a soft wood, like pine, is greater.
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