How To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors

If you have hardwood floors, and want to completely change the style of your home, you can do it without replacing your hardwood. The best way to change the look of your hardwood is to completely refinish by sanding off the top later and restaining the wood. This article will run you through the basic steps of refinishing your hardwood floors.

Sanding Down Your Floors

The key to sanding down large floors is using a drum sander. Of course, you will probably need to rent one to get the job done. You can use a handheld power sander to sand down smaller rooms, but it would take much too long to do a full floor. Drum sanders are easy to use, if not a little bit bulky. You run them kind of like a lawnmower. Never let the drum sander be stationary while it is running, this could wear down the floor too much in one spot. You also need to be careful about hitting the side of your walls with drum sander.

The bottom portion of most walls, where the sander would do the most damage, is usually covered by baseboard. You can mask off your baseboard with strips of cardboard to protect it from getting scratched by the sander. You might still need to use a handheld sander to get into hard-to-reach corners. If you want to restain your floor in a completely different color, you need to make sure to remove all of the old stain.

Staining the Floor

Before you apply any stain to your floor, you want to thoroughly sweep and vacuum up all the sawdust. The easiest way to quickly stain your floor is to just use rags. You need a bunch of rags, some of which you use completely and drier ones that you use to wipe it up. Be sure to wear latex gloves when working with the stain. You can't slop the stain onto the floor and then spread it out quickly with the rags. Do not let large puddles of stain sit for too long. These puddles could permanently stain the wood in undesirable patterns.

In most cases, you want to apply at least two coats of stain. Between each coat, you need to lightly steel wool the floor after it dries. This will smooth out the surface and ensure that you get the cleanest finish possible.

Just like that, you can completely change the look of any room with hardwood flooring.