When your wood floor was brand new, it had brilliant luster. Now that it's endured years of wear and tear, it's beginning to show its age. You don't have to rip the floor out and start over. All you have to do is give it a new finish. Here are some easy-to-follow steps that will have your wood floor looking brand new again.
Remove the Old Finish
The best way to give your old floor a new look, is to start with a clean surface. That means you'll need to remove the old finish. Don't panic though. It's easier than it sounds. Before you start this portion of the project, you'll need to head down to the local equipment rental company, or home improvement center, and rent a floor sander. The floor sander will make quick work of removing the old finish down to the bare wood.
To remove the old finish using a wood sander, you'll need to start at the corner furthest away from the door. This will ensure that you don't get stuck in a corner. It will also ensure that the finish is removed in straight lines as you move across the floor from side-to-side. Once you've sanded the entire room and removed the finish, you'll need to get rid of the dust.
First, vacuum the entire room with a shop vacuum. Next, use a damp cloth to wipe down all the window sills and door jambs in the room. Finally, go over the floor with the vacuum one final time. This will ensure that you've removed all the dust, including any residual dust that might have dropped onto the floor when you wiped down the windows and door jambs.
Apply the New Stain
Once the floor is clean and ready to refinish, you'll be ready to apply the new stain. This process will take a few hours to finish, so be sure to give yourself enough time to complete the project in one day. Otherwise, you might not get a smooth finish on your floors.
Supplies You'll Need
- Wood stain
- Protective sealant
- Foam rollers
- Adjustable pole
- 2 paint pan
- Pour the wood stain directly into your paint pan.
- Attach the foam roller to the adjustable pole.
- Starting in the furthest corner away from the door, begin applying the stain to the floor.
- Be sure to apply the stain in even strokes along the entire surface of the floor.
- Allow the stain to dry for several hours before applying a second coat.
- Apply the second coat and allow it to dry overnight.
- Pour the protective sealant in a paint pan.
- Apply the sealant using the same method you used to apply the stain.
- Allow the sealant to dry for at least eight hours before walking on the floor.
With the proper care, your wood floor can look beautiful year-after-year. Use the steps provided above to keep your wood floor looking its absolute best. To find out more, speak with a business like Kenton Carpet - Hardwood Floor Care.