It doesn’t seem risky, but refinishing your floor is. There are numerous injury-causing options presented to you throughout the process. Your required machines are strong, and you are putting yourself at risk by using them. The floor has the ability to injure you, even if you manage the machines carefully and take measures against dust and toxins.
All sanders are hazardous, but edgers and drum sanders are more so due to their power, weight, and cutting force. When machines can remove 1/16″ of wood in a single pass, they are very efficient at removing fingers and toes in the event of an accident. Floor sanding presents wood dust and the risk of breathing it. Inhalation hazards include solvent-based floor sealers and coatings. A combustible and very dangerous product during a floor sanding process.
Damage on the floor
Before you can sand a floor, you need to figure out the knack for it. There will be a key time when the drum sander touches the floor. Letting the machine move ahead slowly leaves a distinct indentation in the wood. Deep depressions, ridges, and cross-grain scratches are also possible with the edger. If you practice on a real soccer pitch, you’ll get more experience.
An errant maneuver with floor sanding machinery causes a calamity. To stop the floor sander or edger from spinning, you must have a good grasp on it. It shoots across the room and rips the plug out of the socket. At worst, it tramples the cord, exposing the wires, and slams into the wall with enough force to destroy it. Regardless of the option you select, you will leave scratches on the floor.
Refinishing engineered wood flooring can wear through the laminated surface of the floor, so be cautious to examine the floor before refinishing. Proceed with caution, because it is almost impossible to restore the floor. Removing the door threshold allows you to check the cross-section of the flooring boards; if that’s the case, don’t sand it. Test solid wood by pushing down on the edges of the planks. If you’re feeling kind, you’re revealing the wood’s tongues by sanding.