Refinishing hardwood floor is one of the most pleasant home improvement projects, especially for those who do it by themselves. By taking on the labor yourself, you can save a lot of money. Before you start, be noticed! Refinishing hardwood floor is a huge job with plenty of room error for common people. Small mistakes during an accidental refinishing process can cause the wood floor to look bad. Below are a few tips of do-it-yourself (DIY) hardwood floor refinishing.
STEP 1: Preparing the Floors
- Empty the room by removing all your furniture.
- Create a floor cleaner mixture with natural ingredients: 40 ml of vinegar, 40 ml alcohol, a few drops of essential oils and 2 liters of water.
- Sweep or vacuum your floor to remove dust on the surface.
- Then mop using a cleaning mixture that you have prepared.
- Close the window and door to avoid the dust entering the room.
- Wait and leave until your floor is dry.
- If your floor has been coated before, you can use a drum sander or orbital to remove your old floor coating.
STEP 2: Edge the Floors
- Sand the edge of the floor using a handheld sander (180-grit). This will make the sanding easier for you to clean the edge area.
- Rub gently away from the baseboards.
STEP 3: Apply Filler
- Add filler to fill the gaps, deep scratches and holes on your floor. Apply the same color as your floor color.
- Wait until the filler seeps perfectly into the wood pores and dries by itself.
- Then, do the sanding once more.
STEP 4: Clean the Dust
- Remove the remaining grain sanding using a broom or vacuum for maximum result.
- You do not need to wet your floor with a liquid cleaner.
STEP 5: Finish the Floor
- The last step is to stain the floors and add coats finish.
- You will need a brush to apply both on the edges of the floor.
- A paint roller also needed to polish the entire floor surfaces. To facilitate you, use a long-handled roller.
- Allow the surfaces dry totally. It takes around 24-36 hours.
- Before you begin the sanding, make sure that your hardwood floors have not been sanded before.
- Choose whether you want to use a drum sander or orbital. Each of them has weakness and strength. Drum sander is hard to your floor but it takes less time to make the floor cleans. While the orbital is the opposite, it is softer but takes longer.
- The drying process on the floor takes a long time, you have to be patient. This is because wood absorbs water. You should not undertake any treatment if the floor is wet or damp.
- Safety is first. Use soft footwear for floor surfaces and a respirator for your nose and mouth in order to avoid shortness of breath.