How To Refinish Hardwood Floors

by Editor on June 10, 2013

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Are your hardwood floors scuffed, scratched or suffering from other visible blemishes and imperfections? There’s nothing quite like the stylish high-end appearance of hardwood floors. Whether it’s oak, cherry, maple or ash, you can rest assured knowing that it’s offering a sophisticated touch of style to the surrounding decor. After constant years of traffic and use, though, even hardwood floors will show signs of wear. The good news is that you can typically refinish them to cover up any visible damage; here’s how you do it:

It’s important to note that contractors are almost always willing to perform hardwood floor refinishing jobs. If you don’t have the necessary tools, or if you simply aren’t comfortable doing it, call around to get some estimates from several different contractors in your area. With that said, refinishing hardwood floors is actually a lot easier than most people realize. And once you’ve learned how to do it, you can easily refinish your floors again in the future.

Remove The Old Finish

The first step is to remove the old finish on your hardwood floors. To cut down on your time, it’s recommended that you use a walk-behind orbital sander for the main parts of the floors. For the corners and edges against the walls, however, you’ll need to use a handheld edge sander.

Gear up beforehand with safety goggles and a mask to protect yourself from the dust particles. When you are fully geared up and ready to go, start sanding off the old finish using a medium-grit paper. Around 70-80 grit should do the job just fine for most types of hardwood. If it’s taking off too much hardwood from your floors, drop it down to a 50-60. Continue sanding until you’ve covered the entire area of the hardwood floor.

Cleaning Up

Before you can refinish the hardwood floors, you must clean up any dust and debris that was created during the sanding process. I recommend going over with a high-quality, tornado-style vacuum cleaner several times to ensure it’s clean and free of any dust and debris. Touch several different areas of the floor with your hands to ensure it’s clean before continuing on to the next step. If you feel even small particles of dust on your hands, you’ll need to go back over it with the vacuum cleaner again.

Refinishing

Now comes the fun part of staining the hardwood floors. This step is pretty self-explanatory, as you rub the finish of your choice onto the surface of the floor. I’ve found that a lint-free microfiber cloth is the best way to rub finish onto a floor since it leaves behind to streaks or strands of fabric. Depending on the size of your hardwood floors, this may take a while. Just keep rubbing the finish over the hardwood floors and you will have it done before you know. As an extra layer of protection, you can also go over the finish with a second sealing layer; however, that entirely optional and won’t affect the quality of your refinishing job.

About the Author

Austin is a content contributor for Gigantic Mirrors. He enjoys writing about sports training, home improvement ideas, and much more. He suggest going to GignaticMirrors.com for quality wall mirrors and more.

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