Hardwood Floor Refinishing Tips: Hardwood is among the most efficient and cosmopolitan flooring materials for homes. It gives off a very classic but elegant finish that can last for decades. While the wooden floors are reminiscent of the old buildings in Europe and the first American houses in the south, they still adapt very much to modern houses.
But a small drawback of having wooden floors is that it wears out over time. While the wooden floor can last a lifetime, its glossy finish can become dull and damaged due to overuse. This attrition can be remarkably observed on wooden floors located in parts of the house with high pedestrian traffic.
Worn and dilapidated wooden floors are not only unpleasant to the eye, but they are also difficult to clean. This is especially true for wooden floors that have chipped polishes or coatings. In short, preserving the beauty and shine of wooden floors depends on periodic maintenance or finishing.
However, it is good to note that not all opacities or chipping of the wooden floor would require a total finishing job. Sometimes, all you need is plain old water and cloth to bring the shine back to the wooden floor. Fortunately, there is a way to check if it’s time to stand up and use the broom or start moving the furniture and kneeling.
The first thing you should do is go to the wooden floor that is most often used. Soak this part with water, maybe a spoon or two. So watch.
If the water suddenly turns into small pearls, this means that the protective enamel of the wooden floor is still functional and a full scale finish is not necessary; just a damp cloth or a stain remover to restore shine. However, if the water penetrates the floor and makes it darker in color, the coating is already ruined and it is time to finish the wooden floor.
Finishing the wooden floor is not a walk in the park. It is always better to hire the services of flooring professionals who have both the knowledge acquired from real experience and the electric tools to refresh the worn wooden floor. However, if you like to finish the floor by doing it yourself, you can start by going over the tips below.
First, measure the area of the wooden floor you want to finish. Usually, floors smaller than or equal to fifty square feet can be sanded manually. Smoothing the paper and a good pair of knee pads will help you finish the job. However, if the floor you’re about to finish is more than fifty square feet; you will definitely need a sander unless you want to sacrifice your knees and joints.
Secondly, after removing all the furniture and accessories that are likely to obstruct the finishing work area, hit the old floor covering, which is usually made of wax, varnish or paint. The wax coating can be easily removed using a normal paint stripper; while oil-based paint or lamination of the floor can be removed with acetone or paint thinner. Removing the wooden lining will prepare the floor for sanding.
Third, never forget to remove nails and nails protruding from the floor surface. Nails and tacks not only spoil the sandpaper and sander, they can also damage your hands. In addition, nails and nails that are not properly removed can seriously ruin your hardwood finishing projects. After removing these things, remember to complete the holes left with a matching colored commercial wood filler.
Fourth, after smoothing the entire hardwood surface, wipe it with a cloth or a damp cloth. It is best to get a resin-coated cloth, available from the nearest hardware store; this special material can easily remove microscopic dust pieces better than vacuum cleaners.
Finally, after the floor has dried, you can start applying a new coating of wax, varnish or varnish. For example, three coats of paint are recommended. Allow the coating to dry and lightly sand the floor after each of the three applications. Before calling it a day, don’t forget to clean the newly finished wooden floor again with a damp cloth or resin-coated to bring out the shine.
by Rob Buenaventura