If you have just purchased a home that has hardwood flooring that has seen better days, you will most likely want to do some cosmetic improvements to it before moving in your belongings. Refinishing hardwood floors can be done on your own with the proper tools and some knowledge in how to do the procedure. Here are some general guidelines to get you started.
Prepare The Area
If you had brought any of your personal belongings into the room you will be working in, remove them so they do not become covered in sawdust when you start the refinishing process. Cover light fixtures with paper bags until after you are done with the sanding portion of the process to keep the mechanisms in the fixtures clean. Avoid using these lights and instead plug-in a movable lamp if light is needed. Remove the shoe molding from the walls using a crowbar and store in another room until you have completed refinishing the floor.
Sand The Floor
To refinish, the top layer of the floor needs to be completely sanded down to remove any scratches, pitting, or uneven portions due to normal wear. Rent a drum sander from a local hardware store or rental shop to do the job.
Start in the middle of the room and sand from one wall to the opposite wall. Move the sander over so you can do another pass right next to the one you had just done, overlapping a few inches of the sander over the portion you had just completed.
Continue back and forth until you get to the end of the room. Replace the sander in the middle of the room and repeat with the other side of the room. Use course-grit sandpaper when you do this process. After the entire room is sanded, switch to medium-grit sandpaper and sand the room again. Make sure to sand with the grain of the wood.
Use an edge sander with course-grit sandpaper to sand down all the edges of the room where the sander could not reach. Repeat with medium-grit sandpaper. After the room is sanded, vacuum it so all sawdust is removed.
Give Some Shine
Adding stain to your floors will give it a healthy color and will add some protection to the wood in the process. Use a paintbrush to apply the stain. Wipe up any excess using a piece of cloth. Allow to dry completely. Some stains will require you sand it after the first coating. Check the instructions on your stain to see if this applies.
After the second coat has been applied and dried, add a layer of sealant to further protect your floor from premature damage. After it has dried, replace the shoe moldings. You can now move your belongings into a room with a great-looking hardwood floor! For help, contact local professionals, such as Idaho Hardwood Flooring.