Being careful with the floor helps but time to time and at some point, refinishing the floor will be necessary, handle it to make it look new, and give back to your house the feeling of being new. This is a very careful procedure, you made a mistake and for sure it will show, with a professional and the correct technique this will bring beauty to that room like no other procedure for sure.
Is always recommended to be done by a professional but in the case that you decided to do it by yourself, there are some bullets that must be taken into consideration.
- Safety comes First! Using personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a respirator, gloves, safety shoes and all the equipment that you may consider will be kept you away from injuries.
- Ask for professional advice by choosing the appropriate sandpaper and floor sander according to your floor needs.
- Being careful sanding tight corners, will end in an injury, so take all the precautions. And also, is the difficult part of the job that can be very hard.
- Use a vacuum to control dust, do the procedure from time to time, and do not wait until the end.
HOW TO DO IT
Now that we know what we need, let’s take a look at the step by step to refinish a hardwood floor:
- Clean deep the floor, remove everything from the floor and use a hardwood flooring cleaner, if you want to do it and not buy it, mix 10 parts of water with 1part of white vinegar.
- Prepare the perimeter, use sandpaper that can be one of 180-grit, Rub with the grain 4 to 6 inches out from the baseboard, we recommend you not to use a sanding block to refinish the hardwood.
- Scuff-sand the floor finishing, using a buffing move it from side to side across the floor in the direction of the grain.
- Vacuum, but first let the powder settle for 10-15 minutes, clean the vacuum and a clean filter, a tip here is to do it in line with the flooring strips.
- Roll out the poly: Use a long-handled roller with a nap cover, roll out the finish with the grain, then across it. Leave it to sit for 15 minutes and brush along the edges, repeat the process every 15 minutes until the floor is covered totally. Let it dry for 3 hours before recoating and at least a week before placing all the furniture again.
- Enjoy the result.
The floor is without question one of the most important and noticeable things in the house, so it is totally worth investing in it and care of it, personally, I believe that all the efforts and money that you invest in your home is money and time so best invested.