Refinishing is a tedious task to do that is why a lot of homeowners would rather hire a cleaning company to do the job for them. However, it is essential that homeowners refinish their hardwood floors themselves. They should realize that the joy of seeing the same result as professional does and at the same time save a considerable amount of money is an investment well spent. Refinishing does not require rocket science to get the job right, all you need to do get the right tools and pay close attention to details and set a time to do this job.
The first step is to clear all furniture, carpet and area rug out of the room. This way, it will be easier to do cleaning, sanding and refinishing. Furthermore, by taking away the stuff in your room, you can prevent damaging your furniture and carpet and your job will get faster and easier.
Next is to sand off stains and stubborn spots on the floor using a sander and sandpaper. When sanding, plan ahead whereâ€™s the best place to start and which direction youâ€™re going to end. If possible, start from one end of the room towards the front door or backdoor.
See to it that you wonâ€™t miss any dull spot. Moving from one direction to another is not going to make your job any easier. After sanding, use a broom stick to clear any debris on the floor and then do vacuum cleaning right after. Your wooden floor should look beautiful and shiny.
Before you start refinishing, prepare the stain beforehand. Do this by stirring the stain first. Use a clean stick to stir and make sure you stir it thoroughly. You will know that the mixture is ready when there are no bubbles coming out of the mixture. Air bubble in your mixture can cause mottled outward show on the floor.
Now that the stain is ready. Use either a brush or a clean cloth to apply. Use a brush if you wish to make it darker, and use a cloth if you want to apply the stain lighter. After you have stained all parts of the floor proceed on to the final step.
The next and final step is to seal the stained floor. Use a standard size roller in applying the sealant on the floor. When applying, follow the direction of the wood grains so that it will look beautiful.
Apply a thin layer of sealant but make sure it is evenly thin on all areas of the floor. Again, see to it that you wonâ€™t miss a spot. Move your furniture back in place when youâ€™re sure enough that the floor is completely dry.
You have to be careful in putting back the stuff in place. See to it that you will not drag them when moving. Thereâ€™s a good chance that you will scratch the newly finished floor. Ask someone to help you lift the furniture and appliances back in place.