I recently bought an abandoned farm house from the the early 1900's.
It has softwood flooring that has been covered by carpet and vinyl. I
would like to restore the wood and have been given conflicting advice
about softwood. Is it okay to sand the floor with a lower grit to get
the adhesive off the floor, or should I only use higher grit? Is the
overall process the same as hardwood floors? Thanks for any help.
On Sat, 26 Jan 2008 08:03:09 -0800 (PST), G Francis
It is the same. To get a nice smooth surface use 3 or 4 grit grades
working up to 220 or 250 grit. It is much easier to gouge a softer
wood, so be careful about moving or tipping the sander or being in any
spot for too long. Some sanders are much more aggressive than others.
Sanding always makes a mess so having a dust collector and a
well-fitting respirator makes good sense. Also, consider hanging
sheets of plastic to confine the dust else it will easily travel over
Not sure about your softwood floor project but at our summer home we
refinished the 800 sq feet of softwood flooring last summer. Real nice
job, took our time and put 5 coats on it. Daughter had some friends up
for a BBQ and someone decided that high heel shoes was appropriate
footwear for cottage country. The rest is history.
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