Step by Step Instructions on How to Refinish Hardwood Floors
By Mark J. Donovan
||If you’re unfortunate enough not to have pre-finished hardwood floors or you purchased non-finished hardwood flooring material or your old wood floors are simply looking in rough shape you’ll have to finish / refinish them.
Finishing or refinishing your hardwood floors is not an easy job. Besides being a dusty and smelly job it also can be back-breaking, particularly if you don’t use the right tools. Even with the right tools, also expect to have to be on your knees quite a bit and having to do a lot of bending over. Scraping and sanding in corners and along the edges of a hardwood floor is tedious and painful work.
With that said, if you’re still committed to refinishing your hardwood floor, versus calling in a pro, read on.
Selecting the Right Type of Hardwood Finish
The first thing you need to decide upon when refinishing a hardwood floor is the type of finish you want to see on the floor, e.g. a high gloss finish, a medium gloss finish or a flat finish.
Selecting the Right Hardwood Refinishing Tools
Visit your local hardware store or tool rental store and look into renting a floor sander and edge sander. They are too expensive to outright purchase so really try to rent these pieces of equipment. They’ll save you a ton of time and a lot of hand sanding and backaches.
Also pick up at the hardware store hand paint scrapers, sandpaper of coarse, medium and fine grit, polyethylene plastic, tape, brush, paint roller, and your finish of choice. Again, I prefer a polyurethane finish.
Now use your hand scraper and small blocks of sandpaper to get into the corners where the big-boy tools couldn’t.
With the floor entirely sanded, now sweep and vacuum it again thoroughly.
Next, apply stain to the hardwood floor, if you want to stain the wood a slightly different color than its natural stain.
Allow the stain to fully dry, e.g. wait 24 hours, and then apply the polyurethane sealer or varnish sealer to it using either a brush or roller.
Let the urethane or varnish dry for 24 hours and apply a second coat to complete the project. If you want to create an extremely durable finish apply a third coat of finish.
For help on finding a wood flooring installation contractor, see HomeAdditionPlus.com’s Wood Flooring Installation Bid Sheet. It will help ensure that you find and hire the right flooring installation contractor for your wood flooring project. In addition, it will help to ensure that your wood floor installation is completed on time and on budget.
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