What You Need to Know About Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Although DIYers can save money, when it comes to refinishing hardwood floors, experience and know-how are essential.

Hardwood flooring can become scratched and dull as it ages. Hardwood flooring, on the other hand, will make a comeback, unlike other forms of flooring. You just need to refinish it.

During the lifespan of a hardwood floor, it can need 10 to 12 full sanding and refinishing work. Depending on the thickness of the hardwood veneer, engineered wood flooring may be refinished once or twice.

A word of warning for DIYers: While doing your own wood floor refinishing will save you money, mistakes will show up big time. Handling a drum sander, a large piece of equipment rented from a tool rental shop, is the most difficult task. It’s a miracle when done properly. If you stay in one place for too long, you’ll carve a divot that will glare back at you for years.

Floor Refinishing professionals shared their knowledge regarding floor refinishing.

Refinishing a Floor at Home

Refinishing hardwood floors is dusty and noisy. Wear a proper dust mask or respirator, as well as ear protection and goggles, at all times. To prevent dust from circulating in your home, cover doorways with plastic sheeting and switching off forced-air HVAC.

Hardwood floor refinishing can be done on two stages.

The simplest is buffing. If the cracks and wear are just on the surface finish and the wood underneath is in good condition, buffing, also known as screening, may be used to repair the topcoat.

To restore the luster of your floor’s topcoat, you’ll need to rent a floor buffing tool with a series of screen grits. A buffing tool is less destructive and simpler to use than a drum sander. Dust should be swept and vacuumed up between each grit.

Refinish your floors with a low-VOC water-based or polyurethane floor finish (approximately $60 per gallon).

It’s important to note that you can’t buff hardwood floors that have been waxed or washed with an oil soap unless you first remove some residue. Otherwise, the result would be blotchy. Before you begin, remove any old wax or oil soap with mineral spirits or a wax remover.

You can fully restore old, deteriorated flooring by sanding and refinishing hardwood floors. It also offers you the option of staining your hardwood flooring to improve the color.

Rent a drum sander and grits in the following order: 40 grit, 60 grit, and 100 grit. Baseboards should be removed. To avoid gouging the flooring, keep the sander going when sanding. Since you won’t be able to get too close to your walls, use a hand-held orbital sander to scrape the residual finish around the edges.

Fill any holes with color-matched wood filler after you’ve sanded down to bare wood. Before applying two or three coats of finish, apply the stain and let it dry completely.

Call a professional

Many licensed floor refinishers use heavy-duty dust removal attachments on their equipment to keep your home clean. Depending on the difficulty, professional screening costs $1 to $3 per square foot. A complete sanding, staining, and refinishing job costs between $2 and $4 per square foot.