One of the benefits of a solid wood floor is that it can be sanded and refinished once it becomes scratched and aged, which means that with a little hard work, you can make your home's old floors look like new again. When refinishing your hardwood floors, it is important to use the right tools so that you remove the old finish without damaging the underlying wood.
The Right Sander for Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors
Move the sander back and forth (in the same direction that the floor boards are laid) and sand the entire floor until you achieve a consistent, smooth surface. Sand the wood's surface several times, each time reducing the coarseness of the sandpaper grit.
Stain Wood Floors before Finishing with Polyurethane
Once the floor has been sanded, swept, and vacuumed, you can begin the finishing process. Using a foam applicator pad, apply a coat of stain to the wood, wiping off any excess stain with a lint-free cotton rag. If you would rather have a clear finish, you can skip the stain and just apply several coats of polyurethane.
Refinishing hardwood floors is a home improvement project that can usually be accomplished by any homeowner that has some project experience working with sanders and other finishing equipment. You should follow all of the instructions that come with the sanders, and read and follow the directions that are supplied with the type of polyurethane that you choose. Once properly refinished, your new floors should remain beautiful for years to come.
About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.