How to Remove High Sports on Unfinished Wood Flooring

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How to Remove High Sports on Unfinished Wood Flooring

You should always sand an unfinished floor once fitted before applying the oil to even the surface. You may find that there are pronounced high spots in some areas on the join between boards. This is normal and usually down to subfloor, glue and manufacturing tolerances. To remove them you can work a sander gently along the join to even out the high spot. Here we use an orbital machine, you could do this by hand but it would take a lot of effort. Do not use a belt sander.

When sanding always work your way up the grit grades i.e. 80g to start, 100g to even and 120g to finish. These grades will usually be sufficient to achieve the required results. You can always attempt to try with 120g first and see if it will be sufficient and make the judgement call from there. Always finish on 120g as this is generally the optimal grit for applying oils.

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