Hardwood Floor Refinishing: What You Need To Know Before Starting The Project?

Hardwood refinishing can be your next do-it-yourself project. However, this process is not just sanding your floor and applying a few coats of varnish anytime you like. There are still a lot of things that you need to take into consideration before starting the project like the type of finish to use, and the materials you need.

Hardwood refinishing is quite a do-it-yourself project. If you disagree with that statement, then why would the hardwood refinishing stores in Ottawa offer floor sanders for rent? However, having all these refinishing tools readily available for rent does not always mean that you will just instantly decide to do the project yourself. Here are a few things that you need to take into consideration before you start refinishing your floor.


Things You Typically Need For Hardwood Refinishing

Before you start, you must prepare these tools and materials first:

  • Orbital Sander with different sanding disks (60, 80, 100 and 240-grit discs)
  • Edging Sander with grit disks (60, 80, 100 and 240-grit discs)
  • Masking Tape
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • High-Quality Brushes
  • Porous Sponges
  • Rags and Tack Cloth
  • Protective Gear such as vinyl gloves, dust masks, boiler suit, socks, and goggles
  • Polyurethane Sealant (Varnish)
  • Oil-Based Stain Color
  • Paint Trays
  • Foam Rollers
  • Stick to be used for stirring the sealant
  • Plastic Tarps or Acetate Plastic


Will you hire a contractor or do the hardwood refinishing yourself?

Although the project can be done by yourself, you can not just carry out a hardwood refinishing job without proper planning. Refinishing a hardwood floor is certainly not easy. Aside from the fact that you should at least know how to operate the sanders, you would also need to have enough skills and knowledge about refinishing. For this project to be completed perfectly, you will have to spend a lot of time and effort. You also need to have a lot of patience. If you think you have what it takes to refinish a hardwood floor, you can do the project yourself. Otherwise, contact a professional contractor to do the project for you.

Where will you stay during the hardwood floor refinishing project?


Another thing that you need to think about is the type of finish you will use. There are three main types of finish to choose from: the polyurethane, penetrating sealer, and varnish. Polyurethane can either be water or oil based. It is more suited for high-traffic and high-moisture areas. The penetrating sealer provides a natural looking finish and good flooring protection. If you want a matte-glossy finish, use varnish. Although it also darkens over time, it takes a longer time to darken as compared to polyurethane and penetrating sealer.


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