Hardwood floor refinishing can be a tricky project, especially for the do-it-yourselfer. Sanding and refinishing are tough, dirty jobs. Mistakes will stand out like a sore thumb. Make a simple mistake, and it’ll reveal itself later. But a well refinished hardwood floor can add tremendous beauty to a room just like no other undertaking. To hire a professional to refinish, seal, sand, stain, and application several durable finish coats of a synthetic oil-based paint will cost nearly $4 per square foot or greater.
Whether you’re sanding or refinishing, there are some safety precautions you need to follow. First, never use saw dusters, electric sander, or any other mechanical tool to sand. Also, wear protective gloves and old, worn-out dust covers or goggles. You might also want to consider goggles and ear plugs when using a sander. Dust from these tools can lodge in your eyes and cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, and more serious health problems.
With good safety practices and a little common sense, hardwood floor refinishing can be a safe, enjoyable, and affordable project. Start by vacuuming everything down, including the tables, chairs, lighting fixtures, shelves, moldings, baseboards, etc. Also sweep and mop the floors and furniture. If you have a wood flooring surface, use a damp mop to remove dust. This ensures that you won’t spread dirt or dust around. You can also purchase a vacuum cleaner specifically designed for hardwood floor refinishing or one with an attachment for hard-to-reach corners.
When it comes to actual hardwood floor refinishing, the process starts with sanding. The sander will need to be left on all night to get the sander started on its sanding job, so plan on spending about 8 hours on this job. After sanding, you’ll need to apply an interior and exterior coating to protect your floor from moisture and dust. Most people opt for a polyurethane coating, while others prefer an epoxy coating.
The finish coat can be sealed with multiple coats of either polyurethane or epoxy. Polyurethane provides the most durable protection and durability, while epoxy is less expensive and easier to clean up. Once dry, you’ll simply need to wipe down the floors and furniture using a wet mop. If there’s a blemish or scratch, you’ll simply sand it out and apply another coat of paint. Hardwood floors have a long lifespan and are easy to care for, making refinishing one of the best home improvements you can make.
Hardwood flooring can add value to your home, create ambiance and add warmth to any room. But like most home improvements, refinishing hardwood floors can require a bit of work and may not always be the right choice. If you’re not comfortable with refinishing your wood floors yourself, you should consider staining your wood floors. You can find quality staining products at your local hardware store or home improvement center. While staining your hardwood floors yourself isn’t necessarily a bad idea, you should also consider how much time you’d like to spend on this project and whether or not you would be able to do the staining job yourself.