Many people enjoy the look of a smooth hardwood surface on the floors within a home. If you have decided to have hardwood flooring installed, you will want to take steps in maintaining its pleasing look with some simple maintenance steps. With regular usage, hardwood floors will lose their shine, becoming lackluster in appearance. To revitalize a hardwood floor, refinishing will be necessary. Here are some instructions to follow in doing a hardwood floor refinishing procedure on your own.
Before you refinish your flooring, remove all furniture from the room you are working within and place it in storage in another area until you are completely finished. If your room has hardwood flooring in a closet, either remove or cover your clothing so they do not become covered with sawdust from the process. Take light bulbs out of light fixtures and cover the fixtures with paper bags so sawdust does not fly into the mechanisms. The shoe molding will need to be removed from walls. Use a crowbar to lift them out of place and set aside. Vacuum the entire floor to remove any debris before you start refinishing the wood.
Smoothing The Wood
The first step in refinishing a wood floor is by sanding the wood to remove any prior stain or sealant. Rent a drum sander from a local hardware store to do the job. When you begin sanding, pick an area in the room that will be covered by a larger piece of furniture in case you miscalculate the amount of pressure you need to use with the equipment to sand properly.
Start with a coarse-grit sandpaper and slowly move from one side of the room to the other, sanding with the grain, sloughing off the top layer of your flooring in the process. After you
Adding Some Finishing
After you have sanded the entire floor, vacuum any sawdust that collected during the process. To add