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Refinishing DIY Hardwood Flooring

It doesn't matter how well you take care of your hardwood flooring, eventually it will begin to show signs of wear and dulling. Many people opt to just find a new type of flooring rather than taking the time to refinish their hardwood to it's previous standards of glory, due to the work involved. Well believe it or not, refinishing your hardwood flooring is actually a very simple process, just a bit time consuming.

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American Scrape - Hickory - Armstrong Solid Hardwood Flooring

Refinishing your Hardwood Flooring can be done in a few steps...

 

  • You will begin by sanding your floors after everything has been moved from the room and you have taken the proper steps to properly seal the room. This is done by placing plastic over the doorways. No for the sanding process you will need to actually rent a floor sander from you local home improvement store. This is actually not very expensive, and you will receive a good breakdown on how to use the equipment. It also helps to bring the dimensions of the room so that they can give you a grasp of how long it will need to be rented. Once your ready begin sanding, you will only need to sand it down enough to remove the finish as well as any blemishes or scratches that you make come across in the process. In between sanding passes, it would behoove you to vacuum up the excess debris to cut down on the amount of dust and debris that will be put into the room's air circulation.
  • After everything has been sanded down to your liking, dampen a cloth or even a microfiber mop with mineral spirits and wipe up any excess dirt, debris or dust that your vacuum may have not picked up. This is an important step so do not skip it!

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Natural Reflections - Oak Prarie - Armstrong Solid Hardwood Flooring

  • Now grab a paint brush that is about four inches in width and apply your selected base coat of sealer. Begin at the edges of the room firs and make sure to follow the boards lengthwise with your coating. The base coat should be applied lightly, be careful not to use too much. Now if you really want to cut down on time after you do the edging with the brush, you can opt out of using it on the rest of the room if you purchase a synthetic fiber floor finishing applicator. As stated before apply an even coat that isn't too thick. And please don't paint yourself into a corner! :)
  • Once you are finished with the base coat you will need to let it dry. This generally takes about 2 hours but make sure to allow for the recommended drying time according to your specific sealant product.
  • Now that it is nice and dry, grab another paint brush (unused) as well as a new synthetic applicator if you chose to use one and apply a top coating of water based polyurethane. Makes sure you do this exactly as you did the sealant layer, starting at the edges with the paint brush and then moving to the center. Make sure to go in the same directions with the brush as before.
  • Now once again allow it to dry according to the package directions, and finally repeat the process one last time.

A lot simpler than you thought right? Well good for you, your well on your way to becoming a DIY Flooring Expert!


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