Hardwood Restoration Tips:
The first tip I’d give is speed! When sanding with the big machine (Drum or Belt) never allow it to stop dead while the drum is in contact with the floor, even for a split second. This will certainly leave a deep gauge to the floor. This again goes back to the structures of the wood, which as we now know are closed. Meaning the machine requires less time in contact with the floor to remove its surface. The second, speed again! Once you have reached higher grades of abrasives, say 80-120 grit, it’s very important you move quickly to prevent burn marks appearing on the floor. Finally, do not over sand! Once an area of the floor is stripped clean back to bare wood and is free of any imperfections, move on to the next section. Going over and over the same piece is also a contributing factor to leaving burn marks. Not to mention removing way too much of the floor!