Has your hardwood floor lost its luster and beauty? Is it so dull you’re tempted to rip it off and put new flooring?
Refinishing hardwood floors is a great way to revive and revitalize your hardwood floors without pulling them out (not to mention pulling your hair out).
Hardwood Floors – More Lives than a Cat
As long as your floor is a hardwood floor, it has as many lives as a cat, maybe even more. The process of refinishing your hardwood floors involves removing the top layer of the finishing that covers your floor using a floor sander. Yes, the sander also gets rid of scratches, stains, and any other imperfection that may be plaguing your floor. This is not your small sander, by the way, it’s an industrial-sized floor sander, and you don’t need to buy it, you can simply get a Lowe’s rental.
But then I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take it from the top. Perhaps you want to know exactly how to refinish hardwood floors. Let’s get to it.
Refinishing Hardwood Floors in 3 Easy Steps
Refinishing your hardwood floor is a task that will need you to block out probably a day out of your diary as it is time-consuming and laborious. But it is well worth it if you put in the effort and follow the following steps.
1. Sand Your Floor
You will need to give your floor a good sanding in order to remove the top layer of finishing that has lost its luster. The sanding also gets rid of all the blemishes on your floor and gives you a new floor to work with. A word of caution, make sure to sand evenly and avoid keeping the sander in one place for too long. Use an edge sander to sand the edges of the room.
After you’ve finished sanding, check your floor to make sure there aren’t any areas you missed. Any such areas will require you to hand-sand with fine grit paper. Do this until those spots match the rest of the floor.
2. Clean Up – Thoroughly
After you are done sanding, it’s time to take out the vacuum, again, an industrial grade vacuum. A Lowe’s rental won’t cost you much. Vacuum up all the dust particles from off the floor, making sure to use the soft-bristle hardwood floor attachment so as to make sure the vacuum does not scratch the floor (otherwise it’s back to sanding).
Be as thorough as you can in your cleaning. If you need to change filters, do so. Vacuum everything and everywhere in the room, including the walls, windows, power outlets – everything. This is a critical stage as any dust that escapes will cause rough spots if it gets into your finish.
After vacuuming, wipe everything with a moist cloth and then give the floor a final vacuum. I repeat, make sure you get rid of all the dust.
3. Old Wood into New Wood
It’s now time to give your wooden floor that new lease of life. You’ve sanded and brought out new grains, and you’re sure there is no dust in the room. Now you apply your sealant. Using a 4-inch bristle brush, cut into the areas around the perimeter of the room, making sure to work in the direction of the wood grain.
Once you’re done with the perimeter, you can start covering the rest of your floor. Use a lambs-wool applicator to apply your sealant and ensure that you overlap the areas you cut earlier. Once the whole floor has been covered, allow the sealant to dry for 24 hours. Once the 24 hours elapse, buff the floor with a power buffer, vacuum, and then apply a second coat of sealant.
This will give your floor a new, natural look – a brand new look.
Refinishing Hardwood Floors – Other Finishing Options
Depending on your preference, you can either leave your floor as it is with the sealant being the finish or, you can decide to enhance it in one of 2 ways.
1. Stain. Staining involves brushing a coat or two of a liquid material onto the wood. This will change the color of the wood while still bringing out its natural features. You can choose from many staining colors depending on how you want your floor to look.
2. Paint. This is not a common finish but you can apply paint on your floor, resulting in your floor losing its wooden floor look.
Don’t Give Up on Your Floor
Just because your hardwood floor is looking drab and dull doesn’t mean it has no hope of being restored to its glory days. The beauty of wood is that a simple sanding and refinishing can bring out that beautiful look that you always loved. Refinishing hardwood floors is a cost-effective way of giving your floor and room that brand new look.