There are many reasons why you may need floor refinishing in your home. It may have been damaged in some way and needs to be redone. You may simply want to give your floor a make over and don’t want the expense or hassle of hiring professional flooring company in to do it for you. Floor refinishing can be a simple DIY project that you can take on yourself or you can have it done by a professional. Either way you will end up with a new look for your floor that is sure to please everyone in the home.
The first step in floor refinishing is to sand the floor to where it is very smooth. This process will take about an hour to do. Total and screening floor refinishing take longer but both are well worth the extra time and effort for what you get out of it. Usually the hardest part of both hardwood floor refinishing and total floor refinishing is sanding. This is because there is so much of the wood to be sanded away before the refinisher can start working on the refinishing.
When using a sander, turn off the power and the gas and unplug the machine. Put the sandpaper on the floor and begin to sand. The goal is to remove as much of the old finish as possible without removing the actual flooring itself. Start at one end of the room and work your way to the other end. Be sure to wear heavy gloves and safety glasses when sanding. The reason for this is that you don’t want to chip or scratch the finish on the way down to the bottom.
When finished, it is important to allow the floor to dry thoroughly. For an extra measure of drying time, place a drop cloth over the floor before bringing it outside. Don’t let it sit on the ground in direct sunlight for more than 10 minutes, as that might cause the finish to fade faster. Refinishing takes patience and time, but home warranty companies understand this and usually reward the homeowners for their patience.
The last step of sanding the floor is to finish the finish off with the wood sealer. Depending on your home warranty provider, you may need to use only one coat of sealant, or you may have to add another coat after the first one wears off. When using a sander to complete this step, make sure you always face the panel toward the wall when finishing. If you have a wood base molding option, simply use the edges of the wood as a guide to push the sealant into the panel.
When finished, you now have a clean floor ready to use. It is important to wipe the floor down after sanding to remove all dust, debris, and polish. If you have wood floors, you will want to finish them using a wood buffer to further protect the floor from scratches and buffing dust. A good buffing provides great results and ensures that the floor will continue to look good for years to come.