Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors
Well-looked-after hardwood floors can last nearly 100 years if they’re cared for appropriately. Refinishing your hardwood floors is the best way to help them last.
This article explores the best methods to achieve a high-quality finish for your hardwood floors from preparing your wood to floor sanding to applying floor finish.
If you’re struggling with any steps then don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help as refinishing hardwood floors can be tricky and require expert knowledge.
Assess the floor appropriately
Are you aware of the type of wood you will be dealing with? Woods such as oak or maple are easier to work with compared to pine wood for example. The type of hardwood you use will slightly impact your process,
Be aware that an old floor that’s been refinished a few times might not be able to take another refinishing. Pull up a heating grate to test how much hardwood is left. If there’s less than 1/8 inch above the top, or if you can spot any nail heads in the floor, you can no longer re-sand the floor. Remember to check this before getting stuck in!
Prepare the floor
If your assessment found that the hardwood floor can handle another sanding, then get planning for refinishing. Depending on the condition of your hardwood floor you need to choose the appropriate sandpaper. If the floor has been painted it might require you to choose a tougher sandpaper of 24 or even 16-grit. But if the floor hasn’t been sanded for a long time then opt for 36-grit.
Remember to pull up all the heating grates and any old carpet tacks before you get sanding.
It’s essential that your floor is extremely clean before you behind sanding so get the duster and mop out. Then, make any essential repairs to gouges and cracks in the floor before you begin sanding.
Should I sand my hardwood floors?
The most important step in the process of refinishing a hardwood floor is sanding. Sanding requires the sander to wear a respiratory mask since the process creates a lot of dust. You’ll need to cover any vents or doorways with plastic to keep dust from spreading around your home.
Wearing safety gear is essential as splinters can go anywhere. This is why many people choose to leave this step to the professionals as it requires expert skills. The Flooring Group offer professional floor sanding in London. We can lay, install and fit your hardwood floors so you can rest easy that the job will be finished to a high standard.
Apply the floor finish
Once the sanding has been completed to a high standard you can go on to finish your floors.
For the main section of the room, use a lambswool applicator for oil-based polyurethanes and a paint roller for water-based urethanes. Start as far away from the door as possible to avoid painting yourself into a corner. Work outwards, covering as much of the floor as possible. Then, blend any brush marks in while the finish is still wet using a foam applicator. This needs to be left to dry for 24 hours.
Once dry, check the hardwood floor before applying your second coat, remembering to dust and mop again first. After you have applied your second coat of finish, let the floor dry for one to seven days
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