If you are considering refinishing the floorboards in your house, hopefully this blog will make things a little easier for you, make your experience more enjoyable, and save you from some of the complications and stress. The video above will give you an overview of what is involved.
This is a job I have had to do on several occasions, not one that I have enjoyed particularly, but the end result has always been worth the effort.
1 The floor needs to be prepared
The first thing which needs to be done during the Floorboard refinishing process is to make sure that your floor is prepared. This involves taking out anything from the room which can be damaged, such as the furniture. If you leave anything in the room then you need to know that it is going to get be covered with dust, and that includes things that you might just forget, such as pictures, curtains and light fittings.
Then you need to see if there is any boards which have become loose and if so, thenyou have to nail them back immediately. If you find any nails have started to stick out of any of the boards then just nail them back then and there. Moreover, if you find any stains of water which are present on the floor then it has to be sanded out. If the room is small then you can actually sand that area by hand. However, if the room is bigger, then you would require getting the proper size sander.
2. Make sure that you are sanding in the exact direction of the floorboards
As you begin your floorboard refinishing, you have to make sure whether you are sanding in the exact direction of the floorboards. You have to go over each portion with your sander until tyou can only see baree wood. You also have to use an edger as it is very important to get into those portions of the rooms where the drum sander cannot get.
You need to make sure that you hold the machine level on the floor as it can leave marks if it is held at the wrong angle. If you find any holes after sanding, then don’t forget to fill them with the latex wood filler. After the sanding is complete, clean all the debris and dust completely.
3. Stain the floor
If you want to, then you can always stain the floor. However, you need to know that it is optional. You have to keep in mind that if you are expecting to get a lot of scratches on the floor and if you are using stain then it would actually make them even more noticeable. So, it is always advisable to avoid staining if your floor is in a high traffic area.
4. Finish the wood
The final step in Floorboard refinishing is to finish the wood. A lot of people use polyurethane as it is water based and it provides a stronger finish. Another type of finish is urethane which is not so durable. However, it won’t stain the floors yellow which the polyurethane can. They are available in matte, satin, semi gloss and high gloss finishes.
You should apply the finish first around the perimeter of the room then do in the remaining portion of the room. During this process, you need to wear a mask as there would be strong fumes.
Once finished, you can step back and admire your beautiful new wood floor. As I said at the start of this blog, the process is not particularly enjoyable, due to the dust and noxious fumes, but the end result is always a winner.