Authentic hardwood floors are what gives a house a lot of its value, beauty, character, and warmth. However, as anyone who currently has or has had hardwood flooring in the past will tell you, they need a lot of care and attention. This is because as durable as they are, they still endure a lot of wear and tear throughout their life.
If you are planning on refinishing or refurbishing your floor yourself rather than employing specialist hardwood flooring contractors, to keep its character while fixing some of the less appealing issues related to wear. we have put together a great step by step guide below.
1. Clear the Room
Don’t try to be a superhero and think you can work on your floor just by moving furniture and other stuff around. You need to empty the room completely. Make sure you do this before you hire a buffer or other equipment, as you are normally charged an hourly rate and you don’t want to waste that precious and costly time gutting the room.
2. Repair the Flooring
At this point, it is wise to fill any nail heads that are exposed, plug holes that have been left from old phone lines or televisions and countersink if necessary.
3. Properly Clean Your Flooring
There is no point even trying to apply a new finish to your flooring until you’ve cleaned off the remaining contaminants from the previous layer. While you are working at cleaning this off, any wax, floor and furniture polish, cleaning residue, soap film, dust, great, dirt and grime should be lifted too.
4. Allow for Drying Time
Get on your hands and knees if you have to and use a dry and soft cloth to wipe the floor. As well as drying it by hand, you may have to give it time to dry off naturally before you tackle the next step.
5. Gently Work at The Old Finish
As the flooring will still have some of the old finish on it, you’ll be unable to put the new layer on as is. This is why you need to work at it gently so that there is something that the chemicals can bond with. Lightly scratch at the flooring to achieve this.
6. Clear the Dust
Use a vacuum to suck up all the dust caused by the sanding of the flooring. We say use a vacuum because a brush or mop merely pushes the gritty dust into the cracks between floorboards.
7. Apply the Finish
It is important, regardless of the kind of finish you opt for, that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. All chemical compositions and product lines are slightly different, even if they are made by the same manufacturer. So always read the instructions.
Once you have allowed time for it to dry properly and applied as many coats as necessary, you will be left with a hardwood flooring that still retains that old authentic appeal with a new lease of life.
Although you will have to set aside time to get the work done to a high standard, we have hopefully shown it is not nearly as difficult as you may have thought it would be to do yourself, and if you do need a professional flooring expert, you know where we are.