Save Money and Refinish Your Hardwood Floor
If you're looking to save money on your home improvement project, perhaps you should consider refinishing your own hardwood floors rather than paying the high price tag a professional would charge. While it may not require quite the investment of money to refinish your own hardwood floors, it does require a significant investment of time. It is often possible to rent the equipment at a fraction of the cost that it would require in order to buy them and less than a professional would charge.
The first step in refinishing your hardwood floors is removing all furniture, rugs, and mats that are on the floor. It's also a good idea to wear a dust mask as you are going to be stirring up quite the dust storm as you go about your business.
Refinishing hardwood floors is an excellent way to restore existing hardwood floors to their former glory. You can buy many books on refinishing hardwood floors and you may find some in your local library at no charge, you can also find a great wealth of information on the subject online. You will need a heavy-duty sander for the task of smoothing out any rough spots and removing the existing stain. You will want to move the sander on the floor in one direction that moves with the line of the hardwood rather than going across it. This is especially important to do if your hardwood floors have beveled edges or small grooves. You also need to take care that you aren't applying more pressure in some spots than others as doing so will result in pits in your floor and more sanding in your future.
Once you've finished with your initial sanding you must sweep and vacuum the dust from your floor and lightly wash it. This part is often not given the proper care it deserves and is very important when refinishing hardwood floors. The reason it is so important is that the tiniest speck of dirt and dust will show up when you stain the floor. It is also important that you use only a damp mop for washing the floor rather than a wet mop. If there is too much water in the floor that has been sanded it will cause stains.
After drying the floor you will be ready for the next step in the refinishing process. You have many options for the color of your stain depending on the type of wood you have and your personal preference or you can choose to leave it a natural color. There's also a relatively new protective coating for hardwood floors called polyurethane. You can choose high gloss or low luster depending on how shiny you prefer your floors. The more coats you put on, the glossier your finish will be. It is vital that you do not apply additional coats until the previous coat is completely dry.
While refinishing hardwood floors is time consuming, you do not have to move out of your home in order to accomplish it. The stains and protective coatings do not have harsh fumes so they are not dangerous to breathe. You do want to take care not to walk on your floor until it is completely dry. If you do not wait you will have wasted all that time and effort and have to either start over or try to hide the footprints.