Refinishing Hardwood Floors – Here’s What You Do


Refinishing hardwood floors3Refinishing hardwood floors isn’t as difficult as it may seem, there is a process that anyone can follow, it takes just just two steps to bring back the beauty and luster it had when it was first laid down.

Of all the surfaces in a house the floor is the one that gets the most traffic.

It has to be able to cope with an unbelievable amount of walking on, running scuffing, dirt, dust, hair and more.

And one of the most durable materials to deal with all of this abuse in wood. When a wood floor is first laid it’s beautiful to look at and to walk on, it’s aroma is warm and inviting.

Durable it may be, but overtime it’s surface will suffer and dull and at that point it’s time to bring it back to it’s former glory. Here’s what you do.

Step 1. Screening (for non waxed polyurethane finished floors)

A sanding process that uses disks that don’t clog up. Screening removes the old floor finish without removing any wood off of the floor planks.

This process creates far less mess and dust than traditional sanding, however the wood below the surface finish must be in good condition.

If it is stained, ripped, gouged or damaged, then you will need to sand the surface. Sanding machines can be rented with sanding and/or screening disks, just be aware that sanding is a brutal process that creates a lot of dust, so it might be best left for a professional to do.

Step 2. Finishing

One of the most popular surface finishers is polyurethane (a type of plastic coating), it’s resistant to virtually everything you can throw at it and it really brings wood back to life.

It comes in two types, water or oil based. The type you choose depends on the finish you want, oil based polyurethane tends to darken over time, whereas the water based version stays clear.

Another factor to take in to account is drying time, water based dries quickly, usually in a few hours, but the oil based can take a day or more before you can walk on it.

It’s normal to put more than one finishing coat down and to get the smoothest finish you should lightly sand between each coat with a fine grit paper.

The final coat doesn’t need sanding though and once you’re done you can stand back and admire the beauty of the reborn floor.

Refinishing hardwood floors is a job most people can tackle on their own, just take your time and plan it properly, you’ll be amazed at the result if you do.



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