Refinishing Old Hardwood Floors

Refinishing Old Hardwood Floors

Refinishing Old Hardwood Floors

by The Carpenter

Refinishing Old Hardwood Floors

Old hardwood floors can make any home look outstanding with a classic look that complements any style. There are a lot of homes that have nice hardwood floors but the owners did not take care of them for decades, many even placing carpet over them, but with a little elbow grease refinishing old hardwood floors can make your home look spectacular. Let’s take a look at the process.

Make sure you remove all furniture, tables, shelving and anything else that is sitting on the floor. Hardwood floor refinishing is tricky enough without having to work around large items. You also want to make sure that the floors are finished evenly and if you are consistently starting and stopping to move items around you will end up with uneven floors. It takes a lot of work refinishing old hardwood floors so don’t be in a rush.

Do a thorough inspection of your floors looking for any nails, debris, or any cracks in the floor and make note. In the case of any nails sticking out make sure to pound them in so that they don’t stick up above the rest of the floor. We will be using a sander later and nails can ruin the sander so be sure to be take extra care to be sure no nails are sticking up.

You’ll want to rent a drum sander (assuming you don’t already own one) to sand down your floors. You can typically rent one of these from a hardware store or commercial equipment rental store. When renting the sander be sure to also buy sandpaper that will fit the machine. You’ll want to get a heavy duty grit sandpaper to start with, but you will also want to get a more fine grit sandpaper as well for later on in the process.

Once you get the sander home, start with the heavy duty sandpaper on the floors. Move the sander back and forth in a smooth pattern and be sure to go over every inch of the floor. Always keep the sander moving and do not leave it in one place for more than a couple seconds. Doing so will result in a section of the floor that is more worn away than the rest.

When you are finished with the heavy sandpaper, vacuum up all sawdust from the first round of sanding and replace it with a finer sandpaper. Repeat the process of sanding the entire floor smoothly again. When that’s done repeat the process once again with a finer sandpaper. When you are done sanding be sure to clean away all sawdust and debris.

Assuming you already have picked a color of stain apply evenly with a paint brush, but take extra care not to apply too much stain to one area. If you slip up you can just use a rag to smooth it out or absorb up any excess stain. Take your time though, there is no sense in spending all this time refinishing old hardwood floors just to ruin them because you were in a rush. Once completed, be sure to ventilate the area and let the stain dry.

You’re almost done now, once the stain is dry apply polyurethane evenly with a paint brush, similarly to what you’ve already done with the stain. Be sure not to use too much on one area, and clean up with a rag if you apply too much.

That’s it, you’re done! Hardwood floors are a great investment for your home, and they really aren’t all that difficult to do if you are willing to take your time and do it right. Refinishing old hardwood floors is a simple process and it will pay off tenfold on the value of your home.

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