Covering your wood flooring with either carpet or vinyl for a long period of time can ruin its beauty and can make it look old and dull. Unless you love stepping on uneven surfaces or perhaps you find stained and scratched hardwood flooring very attractive, you would want to renew and refinish it.
Hardwood is undeniably the most expensive, luxurious, and beautiful flooring option available in the market today. In the last few years, many homeowners try to go with the then latest flooring trends which included using vinyl and carpet. But with hardwood getting back to the limelight again, it would be great if you check the current status of your hardwood flooring and refinish it first before you keep them on display.
Here is the overview of how you can do the hardwood refinishing by yourself.
Step 1: Preparing the room
Sanding can be really dusty. Prepare the room by transferring all the movable furniture to the other room. For those heavy enough or those that cannot be transferred, you can cover them with either plastic tarps or acetate plastic. Also, seal the appliance sockets and other small areas or gaps where dust will likely settle down with a masking tape. Also, hang an acetate plastic cellophane on the doors to ensure that the dust will not enter the other rooms.
Step 2: Sanding
Before sanding the hardwood, be sure that you already know how to use the sanding tools. Sanding tools are not created equal. It is best to ask the hardwood refinishing Ottawa rental shop for a precise instruction about how to properly use the sanding tools. Be careful not to miss any area of the floor when sanding. In between sanding gaps, scrape out or vacuum the dust. Once you are already done with the sanding task, vacuum all the visible dust and then wipe the floor with a slightly damp rag or tack cloth.
Step 3: Staining
Before staining, make it sure that you already have completely removed the old finish and the floor is thoroughly cleaned and smoothly sanded. Applying stain should be done as quickly, as methodically, and as carefully as possible. If you are not confident enough with your speed, we recommend that you use a stain that takes a longer time to dry like the oil-based ones. Start off with a thin layer first. You can either use a porous sponge, rags, brushes, or foam rollers when applying the stain. Let the first coat dry completely first before you move to the next step.
Step 4: Sealing
The last step is to seal the hardwood floor with a polyurethane sealant to protect it from scratches, scuffs, and water damage. Evenly apply at least three coats of sealant. In most cases, you will need to spend at least a day when sealing the floor. You need to wait for no less than an hour to have the first coat dry. Once completely dry, slightly sand the floor with the use of a very fine sanding disc. Vacuum the dust and then apply the second coat. After an hour, sand the floor once again. Be sure everything is even and clean before applying the third coat.
And now you are done. But do not walk on your newly refinished floor yet. Let your hardwood floor dry for at least 48 hours first before you enter the room once again and enjoy the fruit of your hard work.