Tips for Wood Floor Refinishing


Has your hardwood floor seen better days? Does water soak in immediately it’s poured? Instead of replacing it, refinish it to make it look new.

Wood flooring Refinishing Steps

  • Prepare the room by clearing curtains and pictures and removing doors and shoe molding.
  • Cover the air vents, lights, windows and doorways with plastic
  • Load the machine with a coarse grit sandpaper, start it up, and immediately begin moving-letting it run in one spot will damage the floor.
  • It’s easiest to work along the grain to see what you’ve sanded. Continue sanding, getting close to the edges.

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    Sand the edges using a power hand sander with the same grit paper. In the corners, use a detail sander.

  • Vacuum all the dust after sanding and fill in the deep gouges and holes matching wood filler
  • Use a medium grit sandpaper for the second pass for both hand sander along the edges, and the detail sander for the corners.
  • Clean up the dust with a vacuum and brush attachment
  • Third and final pass, use fine grit sandpaper and smooth out fine scratches if the floor feels rough after sanding.
  • Stain if you want to change the floor color. If you’re not staining, apply a sanding sealer before the polyurethane finish. Let it dry, then slightly sand with 320-grit sandpaper. Vacuum the entire room again and clean it dry. Using a natural bristle brush and applicator, apply a polyurethane finish and your wood flooring refinishing should be complete.
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