Working With The Sander
PREPARATION FOR SANDING AND COATING
Using a Solvent Based Finish.
- If building or renovating, the start date for sanding and coating floors is critical particularly in relation to other trades. Be realistic as there are often delays and floor-sanders are busy which may mean that they must put your job back in order to move onto another site if you are behind; this can put you behind still further.
- Other building trades should be complete before work on the floor can start. Especially should all household fittings such as lights and electrical points be fitted and working. [except decorative lights]
- It is recommended that all painting except the final coat on skirting boards be completed. There will be some touch up work required as sanding is a dusty and heavy manual job and it is inevitable that there will be some minor damage; this can easily be touched up.
- Carpets should be laid after the floors are finished.
- Unless specifically agreed to and quoted for, all furniture should be removed together with all floor coverings including staples, tacks etc.
- Adequate lighting and power to be available.
- Arrangements made for clear and safe access to the site.
- In many instances arrangements should be made for alternative accommodation; bear in mind the wet floors and the time needed for the coating to cure and the likelihood of strong fumes.
- With solvents the fumes can hang around for a few days. Air the home after 24 hours to allow these to dissipate.