How to Refinish Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood is one of the most preferred flooring options in today’s market. At the same time hardwood floor refinishing is an intolerant work because any signs of faults will show and gives a hideous appearance. But in the end, a proper refinished floor can bring beauty to a room and look new for ages. Hiring an expert to refinish your hardwood flooring, applying several coats of application will cost $4 or more per square feet. But DIY can save you money and time as well. You may be confused in refinishing your hardwood flooring?

Relax!! Here you can go with the steps in refinishing your hardwood flooring for a smooth and glossy look.

Follow step by step procedure to refinish your hardwood flooring-

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Step 1: Always choose DIY friendly equipment- Random orbital sanders are the best friendly equipment for DIY floor re- finishers. Though it takes longer time to remove old finishes than other sanders (alternative) but it doesn’t require a lot of experience to use and less chances to damage your hardwood flooring.

Step 2: Take Precautions- Refinishing and floor sanding generate a lot of dust, dirt and fumes all over the home. So always ensure to wear masks and glasses while applying sealers on hardwood.

Step 3: Maintain desired degree of smoothness- Use adequate coarse-grit abrasive to remove the old finish and the scratches of your hardwood flooring. Always make sure to manage grit coarser scale only up to 60; as this could help keep your floor from damaging. You can continue with abrasives row by row that are gradually better unless you get the right degree of smoothness.

Step 4: Remember the corners- To remove old finish of baseboard moldings a palm sander will be used. But using a sharp scraper can be helpful because the sander may miss out to remove the old finish from corners at times. Scrapers allow you to get into edges/ corners easily than sander, to remove the old finish of your hardwood.

Step 5: Remove dust- Once you finished sanding the floor, remove the dust by wiping or vacuuming the sanded areas with tack cloth.

Step 6: Seal the floor- A sealer coat is not actually required but if your floor gets stained unevenly, then sealer helps in stain coverage. It is most important to apply the sealer evenly on your hardwood flooring.

Note- Before you apply sealer on hardwood, test a small hidden area first to make sure that the sealer won’t be causing any adverse effects on hardwood.

Step 7: Apply stain evenly- Applying stain evenly on a large area isn’t as simple as it might appear.The best method in applying the stain is with an applicator to one small section at a time (about 18″x 3″) and then rubbing off all excess applicator with a rag. Avoid letting the rag dry, as the floor will end up with stripes all over. Oil-based stains stay longer and work effectively than water-based.

Step 8: Thin coats works well than thick ones- A better way for DIY’s is it to roll on the polyurethane using a high density foam roller. So that the coat will be thin, even and will dry up quickly to a glossy smooth finish.

Step 9: Have an exit strategy- Begin the applications to refinish your hardwood flooring along the wall opposite the exit door. Always work in parallel rows in the direction of the wall with the exit door. At the end when you get close to the door, you will have to change the work pattern and work from the end walls toward the door. This makes little tough to complete strokes, so apply a little extra application on it for a smooth and glossy finish of your hardwood flooring.

At the end, these steps would decently help you in refinishing your hardwood flooring. But with improper procedure it may result in unexpected damage to your hardwood flooring.

How to Refinish Hardwood Floors? was last modified: January 21st, 2015 by Jason Valasek

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