Sanding Wooden Floors Explained

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Authentic wooden floors do not just add to the aesthetic factor of the room but they also add a certain warmth to it. However, these require maintenance as they are prone to getting dull over a period of time, especially in areas with high traffic. This is where a wooden floor sander comes in handy because it polishes the wood and makes it brand new once again.

Before you engage in the sanding process, you will want to remove all the furniture from your room because the wood dust may get into them. Also, having items in the room you’re sanding will simply interferes with the sanding process, so make sure you have a ‘clean slate’ to begin with. It will also be helpful to remove the fragile items and curtains in the room to avoid damage.

Sanding wood floors will be easier if you get rid of any loose nails or protruding ones on the board because these could tear the sanding paper. If your wood floors require repairs in certain spots then make sure you do it before sanding it. It is also recommended to vacuum the floor and sweep it well before sanding. Once you’re done prepping the floor for sanding, it is time to prep yourself. For this, you can refer to the manual that comes with the sanding machine so that you know what you’re doing.

Fit the sanding machine with the appropriate sanding paper before you start the process. Make sure everything is secured tight before you switch on the machine. When sanding the floor, always move in the forward direction and once you reach the end of the room, just turn the drum sander around and sand another section of the room. Keep repeating this until you’ve sanded the entire room. You can also sand the room twice if you want best results.

After the sanding process is over, you’d want to switch off the belt sander and concentrate on small areas and corners of the room which is not accessible by the drum sander. For this task, the edge sander would be perfect as it is capable of sanding those hard-to-reach nooks and corners. Once the sanding process is over, you’d want to seal in your hard work by using a floor varnish on it, it also helps to maximize the shine.

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All The Best Ways To Thicken Cooked Sauces

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Thick and smooth sauces are far more appetizing than sauces that lack substance. Even if the sauce has a pleasant taste, the watery texture can actually ruin the meal. It is not very difficult to learn how to thicken sauces, especially if you already have a knack for cooking. If you are willing to use your creativity, you can thicken your sauces by applying a few simple tricks and tips to your cooking methods.

Reducing Heat

If your sauce seems watery, you should try the method of reducing the heat first. in most cases, the simple method can be the solution you are searching for. Your sauce may contain enough ingredients to give it a nice thick texture, but you may have too much water in your sauce.  Simmering the sauce for a few short minutes will evaporate the excess water and thicken the sauce.

Adding Cornstarch

Cornstarch is a good way to thicken the sauce without compromising the taste too much. The trick is to add a small portion to the sauce every minute or so until the sauce gains consistency. Before you add the cornstarch, you need to mix it with water and turn it into a smooth paste.  This will keep your sauce from turning lumpy and ruining the taste of your meal.

Adding Flour

Flour is an ingredient that can add consistency to any sauce or gravy. However, you need to be careful when using flour because it has an overbearing flavor. It can also turn a perfectly good sauce into a grainy lumpy mush. To avoid these issues, you will need to cook the flour in butter or olive oil before adding it to the sauce.

Using Egg Yolks

Egg Yolks are great thickening agents for custards, frosting, and other sweet sauces. You can still use them for regular sauces, but you will need to thoroughly whisk the egg beforehand. For best results, add a little sauce to the egg before you start whisking. When you are done, blend it with the rest of the sauce and simmer it for 1-2 minutes.

If you are an experimental person, don’t be afraid to try unorthodox or odd methods. Try using atypical ingredients while you are learning how to thicken sauces. If you season your sauces regularly, you will probably end up with a good creation in the end. Before long, you will be able to create great-tasting sauces with ease.