When refinishing a hardwood floor, it is important to pay attention to the details. Sanding the
floor with the right grit of sandpaper is essential. Too coarse and it can damage the floor; too
fine and it will not remove the sealer. Once the floor is completely sanded, it needs to be
vacuumed and cleaned to remove all the dust. After that, the sealer needs to be applied and
allowed to dry completely. Once dry, it is time to apply the stain. Once the stain is dry, a topcoat
of polyurethane should be applied.
This needs to be done in several thin layers, allowing each coat to dry completely before the
next is applied. Refinishing a hardwood floor is a labor-intensive job, and mistakes can be
costly. It is important to take the time to do it right the first time. If the budget allows, it may be
wise to hire a professional to do the job. It may cost more in the short term, but in the long run, it
could save you a lot of time and money.
How to Refinish Your Hardwood Floors
- Preparation: Start by removing any furniture and rugs from the room.
Before you begin any project, it is important to prepare the area. Move furniture and rugs out of
the way, sweep and vacuum the floor, remove any dirt and debris, and protect any surrounding
walls from splashes or debris. Remove any existing finish with a floor scraper and sandpaper.
- Choose the Right Sanding Equipment: If you are doing the sanding yourself, make sure
you have the right type of sander for your job. An orbital sander is lightweight and easy to
maneuver, while a drum sander is heavier but more powerful.
- Wear Protective Gear: Make sure you wear protective gear when sanding, such as a dust
mask, safety glasses, and earplugs.
- Sand in the Right Direction: When sanding, always sand with the grain of wood.
Sanding against the grain can create scratches and uneven surfaces.
- Dust Control: Vacuum the floor to remove any dust and debris. Sanding produces a lot of
dust, so be sure to use a vacuum to suck up the dust as you go. If possible, set up a dust
collector in the room while you work. Clean the floor with a damp mop to remove any remaining
- Apply Sealer: Once you’ve finished sanding, it’s time to apply a sealer to your floor. This will
help. Apply a new finish to the floor, following the instructions on the product label. Allow the
finish to dry completely before replacing furniture and rugs.
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Hardwood Flooring for your hardwood flooring needs.
We won’t stop until you’re satisfied.
Wayne Maher Hardwood Flooring, NY
Phone: (914) 213-3995