How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

Having a hardwood floor is beneficial. Aside from its durability and strength, you can easily refinish it once it wears down and age. You can also opt for hardwood floor refinishing in if you’re doing a remodeling or renovation. The process involves sanding the blemish then applying a color so it looks good and new. Another good news is that you can DIY this stuff, just follow our guide below.  

Hardwood Floors

Sanding vs Screening 

Once the wood floor loses its color and luster, our usual impulse is to sand it down until it shows its raw wood and then reapply a color to make it look good again. However, you should assess the situation first because that’s often the wrong solution for an aging hardwood floor. The right solution is refinishing it, not completely refinish it.  

The entire wood floor materials are coated, this coating eventually becomes scuffed scratched and dull overtime. You can get rid of this dullness by refinishing the hardwood floor. If you inspected that the damage is only on the surface and not deep on the wood, you can just add a new coat. Hardwood floor refinishing project is laborious, and 90% of it is mostly preparation. You need to be thorough when it comes to touching up deep scratches, cleaning the floor and roughening the finish with sanding screens.  

Step 1: Test for Adhesion 

You have to test some areas first before you coat the entire hardwood floor. Roughen up the test areas, the areas should be along the closet or wall and other is a high-traffic zone. Clean the area and roughen with sanding screen. Wipe the residue and apply a coating of polyurethane. Leave it for 24 hours then check if it’s smooth and doesn’t scrape off.  

Step 2: Prepare the Money and Purchase Materials  

Prepare your budget because you will spend more on the tools than the sanding and refinishing of the floor. So be smart. It’s wiser to coat two rooms than coating one room because you will really spend more. Most of the materials you need will be purchased from the home centers.  

These materials include scouring pads, liquid floor cleaner, bristle brush, a finish applicator, respirator, sanding screen and mask, gallon of mineral spirits and a buffer. You can buy some of them and rent some, or even borrow one from your neighbors.  

Step 3: Clean the Floor 

Clean the floor from elements like chewing gum, stains and other trouble spots. If the floor has scratches, apply a coat of mineral spirits to hide them. If the floor has a ridge, flatten it out by standing on it.  

Step 4: Buff the Floor 

Start buffing the floor at one wall then move backwards across the room. Do this slowly. Make sure you clean the room and other areas where the dust will gather.  

Step 5: Choose a Finish 

Start applying the finish at a wall. The best DIY finish is polyurethane. Make sure that the finish is recommended for wood refinishing before purchasing it. The entire project might take you one whole day.  

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