If you have hardwood floors, then it is imperative that you refinish it and keep it looking good not only for keeping it well maintained but also looking good to you and any visitors that you may have.
Steps to Take For Refinishing Wood Floors
Step 1: Clean the Floor and Remove Furniture
This is pretty straightforward, however some people just go straight to trying to finish their floors which is a huge mistake.
You will want to remove all of the furniture in your room, and then from there you will want to mix about 10 parts of water with 1 part of white vinegar. This will get up any grime, and dust that could have been built up on your wood floors.
We also suggest closing any windows in the room because dust can end up floating in and collecting on your floor again, thus potentially making it harder to refinish your floors.
Step 2: Prep The Edges of Your Room
You will want to use a 180-grit sandpaper and use it on the edges, and corners of your room, pretty much any where that your buffer cannot reach.
You will want to rub about 3-6 inches away from the wall, which will give you enough range in order to make up for the buffer not being able to reach those parts.
Lastly do not use a sanding block, this can make uneven spots in your floor (which is no good).
Step 3: Scuff-Sand The Floor
You are going to want to put on your buffing pad and starting using the buffer. Oh and don’t forget wearing a dust mask and goggles, wood dust is harmful for your lungs and you don’t want your eyes to get those particles in your eyes.
All you need to do is move the buffer side-to-side across the floor in the direction of the grain. Do not go against the grain. Also make sure to overlap them by about 6-8 inches, this will allow for optimum buffing and that you don’t miss any spots.
The old finish will turn into a powder which is going to allow you to see everything that you buffed, thus enabling you to see if your miss any spots.
We also suggest stopping every few minutes to vacuum up the dust and wood particles because this will keep your room from collecting a ton of dust.
Step 4: Vacuum Up Dust and Then Tack
You will want to leave the room for about 15 minutes to allow any leftover powder to settle. This will make it easier to vacuum and clean up.
There is going to be a lot of dust and powder (depending on a room) so make sure to put in a new vacuum filter before vacuuming.
After vacuuming you are going to want to sweep up across the grain to collect any left over dust and powder, and then finally dry-tack the floor with a microfiber cloth. This is will allow for optimum dryness and cleanliness, thus making it very easy to finish the floor.
Step 5: Apply Finish to the Borders of Your Room
This is going to require speed and efficiency (especially if you have a larger room) because you will want to apply it all before it dries.
You will want to add booties to your shoes so that you don’t walk all over the ground, and you will want to put on a mask for breathing because you do not want finish chemicals going into your lungs.
With a paintbrush you are going to want to brush about 3-4 inches away from your wall (and any spots you won’t be able to reach with a roller).
YOU NEED TO BE QUICK: The reason is, because if it begins to dry you will leave edge marks between where you paintbrushed the finish and rolled it out with a paint roller.
Take at most 10 minutes for this, but try to keep it under 8 minutes to prevent edge marks from forming.
Step 6: Bust Out the Paint Roller and Apply the Finish
This is the most crucial step, you will want to pour down about a 1-inch wide strip of finish inline with the grain.
From there you will want to use a long handled roller (so that you can do long strokes to cover the most area) and make sure to keep the edges wet as well. As mentioned if one part starts to dry before the rest, it will leave edge marks (no thanks.)
Keep pouring and rolling out the finish and brushing finish along the edges of the borders of the room to prevent any edges to form.
Lastly, wait 3-4 hours to reapply your finish and then wait about a week to add in your furniture again (you don’t want to ruin your finish.)
Key Steps to Follow
- Clean the floor & move furniture
- Prep the edges of the room
- Scuff-sand the floor
- Vacuum up the dust and then tack
- Apply finish to the borders of the room
- Apply finish with the paint roller
Key Tips That You Must Do
- Do not allow edges to dry, this will leave edge marks (thus you will have to redo it)
- Be quick & efficient with applying your finish
- Use a long handled roller to allow for optimum rolling out finish
- Make sure to clean up your room before applying finish
- Give your room a week to dry before putting your finish back in your room