Refinishing Solid Hardwood Flooring
Are your floors looking worn and scratched? Over time your solid hardwood flooring can tend to wear, meaning it is time to think about refinishing your floor surface. This process can be long and arduous, unless you are prepared for the job. So, today we will discuss a step by step process on how to refinish your hardwood flooring.
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Things you will need:
- A drum sander, and don’t forget the dust bag
- A disk sander, edger or even a handheld sanding block for the parts of the room that are to cramped to receive a drum sander
- A stock of sandpaper with several choices in grits
- Dust mask
- Finishing Stain/Sealer
First off, it is important to know a few things about your hardwood floor’s history and condition. By finding out a bit about your flooring you will be able to range how much sanding that you will need to do, as well as what the appropriate stain will be for the floor’s particular specie.
Before refinishing your solid hardwood flooring make sure that you remove anything that is covering the surface. Check for adhesive or anything on the wood surface, and strip it off. Look for nails sticking out, and stains on the ground leading into the floor. This could indicate a stain that you are not aware off that can show after you begin sanding. Finally identify your problem spots so that you can make sure that they are given the attention that they require.
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Now its time to begin the actual process of sanding the floor, this is a straight forward process that will utilize the drum sander, and the disk sander, edger, your handheld. It will be unique to the floor, use the sanding equipment accordingly. This process is fairly easy to just pick up to do, and doesn’t take a lot of time if you work efficiently.
Once sanded to your liking it will be in your best interest to go over the floor once more visually to make absolutely certain that there are no unwanted grains or layers that pop out. When you are finished sanding, it is time to move forward.
Because, staining can be a unique process depending on the product that you use, we recommend that you follow the products instructions. Generally, how ever you apply the stain and let it sit, for a set amount of time, and after it dries thoroughly apply the sealer.
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Before you know it, your beautiful solid hardwood flooring will look as good, if not better than the day it was installed.