Hardwood floors create a rich look and they last a lifetime if you refurbish and refinish it overtime. Refinishing a hardwood floor is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project if you have the right tools and techniques. A wood floor need refinishing when a spill of water immediately gets absorbed, and if they sink in slowly, only a simple polish is needed.
This guide will lie out the main steps needed for refinishing hardwood floors to bring back their luster and shine.
Things you will need
- Plastic sheeting
- Nail set
- Putty knife
- Large flooring sander
- Paint tray
- Paint brush
- Steel wool
- Painter’s tape
- Wood putty
- Wood stain
- Dust mask
- Clear out all furniture items from the room, and clean the floor.
- Remove the shoe molding, which is the quarter round that is all around the floor. You can pry it off, or simply use painter’s tape all around it.
- Remove the carpet staples and fasteners from the flooring.
- With the plastic sheet, cover the light fixtures, vents and doorways. Tape the sheet from the edges.
- Sand the hardwood floor in three sessions. Start with a slow grit course, the a medium grit, and then a fine 100 grit course.
- Sand around all the edges with a power hand sander.
- Vacuum thoroughly with the brush attachment.
- Apply wood filler if there are any holes or gauges in the flooring.
- Buff the floor with a screen to smooth out and scratches. This will require the same pattern as done in sanding the floor. With an extension pole, you can screen the edges and corners.
- Clean the room with a vacuum and dust the walls, fixtures, and windowsills.
- Wipe the floor with a cloth that is damped with mineral spirit.
- Apply a sanding sealer by starting from the corner of the room.
- With smooth strokes, apply the polyurethane around the floor with a natural-bristle brush. Let it dry and then apply another coat.