If you have hardwood flooring in your home, you’re one of the lucky homeowners who can take advantage of the natural, old-fashioned beauty they provide. Keeping your hardwood floors beautiful so they last over time can take work, but it’s often well worth the time and expense. If you’ve never had experience in floor refinishing, here are some things you should know to help make the process go smoothly.
Before you get started with your floor refinishing project, think of what you want to accomplish. Do you want to keep your floors the same color or are you interested in changing it up with something new? The great thing about hardwood floors is that they’re versatile, meaning you can choose a wood stain that works best for you. Your hardwood floors should take the color easily because they’re made to handle stain. Refinishing floors is also a lot of work, and if you’ve never done it before it could be disastrous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Before you get started, you should also decide if you want to try to handle the job yourself or go with a professional with experience in floor refinishing. Hiring professionals can save you time and money by ensuring the job is done properly the first time.
After you’ve decided how you’re going to refinish your floors, your next step is to prep the area for refinishing. Remove any furniture, wall art, and other items from your room so that it’s completely bare. Sanding can blow a lot of sawdust around, so you want to be sure that you don’t have anything in the way that will get covered. You may also want to plan to be out of the house during the project, particularly if you have allergies, to avoid breathing in the dust. All that’s left after that is to sand, stain, buff, and poly your floors so they last.
With the right plan, your hardwood floor refinishing project can go smoothly.