As resilient as hardwood flooring is, after a certain amount of time it may require some maintenance to keep it looking beautiful. If done correctly, you can breathe new life into your flooring, adding a wow factor to the room! Here are 5 easy steps to refinish hardwood flooring.
1. Get the Right Clothes and Supplies
Before you begin, you have to collect all the necessary supplies. You don’t want to ruin your clothes, so just in case, make sure that you have some on hand that you don’t mind getting a little dirty. You should also get a dust mask to protect yourself when you are prepping the floors, and possibly a respirator to guard against the fumes of the finish. Wear some booties over your shoes as well so that they don’t get dirty. The job requires that you get a buffer and sandpaper to get the spots that the buffer misses. Of course, you’ll also need cleaning and painting supplies.
2. Select Your Finish
The right finish can really enhance the natural beauty of your hardwood floors. It can also provide the desired effect if you are going for a specific look in one of your rooms or your home in general. You should also base your decision on factors like how durable you need the finish to be, and whether you need special moisture protection.
3. Clean the Room
Before you even start cleaning the room, you should clear all the furniture out of it. Once you’ve done that you can move on to sweep the floor, removing any dust bunnies. You may even want to go over everything with a vacuum if you have one with the proper setting for your floors. There are cleansers made specifically for hardwood flooring and the next thing you should do is to wipe everything down with one of them.
4. Prep the Room
Once you’ve deep cleaned your hardwood flooring, it’s time to start prepping the room for the next step. You should probably close all the doors and windows in this room to prevent dust from flying into the other rooms of your house. You will need a buffer to remove the old finish on your floors, and most can be found at home improvement or retail stores. After you’ve buffed the room, you should go over any places it didn’t quite get to like corners and edges. When you’ve gone over the whole floor, let the dust settle for a few minutes and then come back to sweep it up. Once all of this is done, you can apply masking tape along the baseboards to prevent the finish from getting on them.
5. Apply the Finish
You should start at the wall with your finish, cutting along the edges of it using a high quality brush. To avoid your coats looking uneven, stop after about 10 minutes and move on to the next step. Pour a small amount of finish in line with the grain of your floor and use a long-handled roller to spread it out. After you have applied your first coat, wait several hours and then apply another one. You should wait about a week before moving furniture back into the room to avoid any damage to the new finish.
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