WHAT TYPE OF FLOORING CAN BE SANDED AND POLISHED?
1) Solid timber flooring
2) Engineered flooring
3) Parquet flooring (mosaic and block)
5) Particle boards and plywood sheets
Before you get started on your sanding project, you need to determine what kind of wood floor you have.
There are multiple varieties.
- Solid tongue-and-groove flooring style. Usually 19 mm thick, they last a lifetime and their thickness allow them to be sanded multiple times during their usable life
- Pre-finished flooring, engineered flooring.Only some of these can be sanded and refinished. This type usually has a very thin wear layer of wood and cannot be sanded and refinished more than once or twice in its lifetime.If you put a sanding machine on the wrong floor, you will be very disappointed. The engineered flooring which is made to look like solid wood flooring comprises thin layers of wood laminated together with glue.
- Parquet floor is available either in 14- or 19-mm thickness and serves well for multiple sanding and polishing
- Bamboo flooring
- Particle boards and plywood can be (slightly) sanded and polished,
- Laminate flooring cannot be sanded as is made up from the MDF base with a thin laminate print on top
Not all spots on your floor might be easily accessible
Rapid sealer goes on the floor first
The polishing timber floors Over the last several decades, there has been a lot of developing in treating, protecting, and coating floors. These days the most used types of coatings are:
- Oil-based finishes
- Solvent-based polyurethanes
- Water-based polyurethanes.
- Penetrating waxes and oils
Exept the last one , each category has all three basic lusters available: matt, satin and gloss.
Which one to use, and when?
It comes to:
1) The area of use and future traffic
2) The effect you try to achieve
3) The amount of maintenance time you are prepared to spend
4) Health aspect and your sensitivity to a coating
Urethane coatings floor finish
Bona water based polyurethane