Simple Hardwood Refinishing Steps For DIYers

Refinishing a hardwood floor is not easy. However, this does not mean you can’t do the project yourself. Hardwood refinishing is quite a do-it-yourself project. You just need to make sure that you have the right tools, materials, and equipment to use and that you know the 4 basic steps of hardwood refinishing.

Hardwood refinishing is quite a difficult project to do by yourself. If it wasn’t so hard, then why would hardwood flooring 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. Refinishing a hardwood floor is not easy. Aside from the fact that you should at least know how to operate the sanders, you 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.


Materials, Tools, and Equipment

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

4 Basic Hardwood Refinishing Steps

The process of refinishing an Ottawa hardwood flooring typically includes the following 4 basic steps:

  • Preparing the room and cleaning the hardwood floor.
  • Sanding the floor to remove the old finish.
  • Sweeping away the dust.
  • Applying the finish.

Preparing the room and cleaning the hardwood floor

Remove all removable things like fixtures, rugs, decorative items, appliances, and furniture from the room. Cover those that are immovable including the electric sockets. Seal off the room by attaching a plastic cover on the doors and vents to make sure that the dust and debris that will be produced during sanding won’t spread out to the other parts of the house.

Sanding the floor to remove the old finish


Before sanding the floor, you need to remove the carpet first if there is any and clean the floor. Also check the floor for exposed nails, tacks, and carpet staples. Make sure that there is no single sharp object on the surface of the floor to avoid destroying the sander’s sandpaper.

As soon as you are done sweeping and mopping the floor, you can start sanding right away to remove the old finish. You can rent either a drum sander or orbital sander from the nearest discount flooring store in Ottawa or perhaps opt for the traditional electric hand sander.

Sweeping away the dust and debris

Sanding produces a large volume of dust and debris. Sweep the floor to remove the dust. You can also use the vacuum for this process. You may need to do this process a couple of times to make sure that the floor is thoroughly clean before applying the first coat of the floor finish. Also, open the window to remove small particles and residue in the air and to ventilate the room.

Applying the finish


It is now time to apply the first coat of your chosen floor finish. If you will be applying an oil-based urethane, use a natural bristle brush. If it is a water-based urethane, use a synthetic brush. Follow the instructions on the label or container of the flooring finish. In most cases, you need to apply at least two coats to achieve the looks you want.

And you are done. Leave the floor overnight or let it stand for around 24 hours to allow it to thoroughly dry before you enter the room and return the items back to their place.


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