Hardwood floors make a beautiful addition to any home, whether it is in a new home or a remodeling job. The process has to be done with caution if you want a quality job. It will require sanding the floor, and sealing it with a stain of your choice. Here are a few tips to help you with the procedures for a fantastic finished product.
Tip 1: Unless you plan on doing a lot of sanding projects, you should use a random-orbit sander. This sander allows you to use different patterns, even against the grain of the wood. Without even a scratch, you can uncover a beautiful wood beneath the layers of old paint or stain. However, you will want to keep the sander level. For a beginner, this one is a great choice.
Tip 2: Moving the sander may require a helper since it is so heavy. Ramps are helpful for the process, just as you would use for any other heavy piece of machinery or equipment.
Tip 3: Don't use sandpaper grit higher than what you will need for the job. As you sand each layer of the flooring away, you will want to sweep and vacuum the floor. You will also want to clean between the grits on the machine in case you picked up any debris. You don't want to create a scratch that will require more sanding.
Tip 4: Use a tack cloth to remove all dust or hair from the floor. Any stray particles will cause a rough finish on the floor.
Tip 5: Use caution when placing a sealer coat. If it is uneven, you will be able to see any skipped spots where you have started or lapped over the previous row.
Tip 6: Observe the floors closely to see if there are any signs the floor has been refinished too many times before. You will notice the staples or nail heads are not as close to the flooring as they should be.
Tip 7: Refinishing your hardwood floors may not be as difficult as you think. It is possible you won't have to go all the way down to bare wood. You might be able to take off just the polyurethane layer which would be much simpler. This is called screening and has an inexpensive technique that will save a lot of time.
You can do a good job on your floors with a bit of time and a lot of effort. However, if these tips don't seem to be a process you want to accomplish, you can always hire a professional (such as one from Flooring by Carastan Carpet & Flooring).