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Three Tips for Refinishing Your Hardwood Flooring on Your Own

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Are you planning to take on the challenge of refinishing your hardwood flooring on your own? If so, know that this task can be difficult if you have not done it before. Here are some tips that will help you refinish your hardwood with great results.

Remove All Staples And Nails

If you are removing carpeting that covers your hardwood, you'll want to make sure that you take the time to remove all staples or nails that could be sticking out of the floor. It is possible for the nails to damage your sanding equipment if you run over them. You'll ruin the sanding pad at the very least and potentially ruin the sander as well.

Use Random Orbital Sanders

One of the first steps that you'll need to do is remove the old finish that is on the hardwood, which leaves the surface bare and easy to refinish. While the professionals use drum sanders as a quick and easy way to sand the floor, it may not be ideal for someone without the knowledge of how to use one. It's possible that you could damage your wood floor in a way that can't be repaired, such as holding the sander in one place too long and taking out a significant portion of the wood.

A safer way to sand your floor is with random orbital sanders. These sanders move in an elliptical and circular pattern simultaneously, which helps prevent mistakes during the sanding process. There is no need to even sand along with the wood's grain when using the sander.

Use Seal Coats Before Stains

The process of sanding your floor may cause you to rush through the end of the staining process, which is one of the most important parts. You'll need to put down a coat of sealant before the stain is applied if you want good results. The sealant helps the stain apply evenly to the surface, especially for floors made with softwood. A seal coat helps lower the chance of the stain blotching or spotting due to all the small holes of the wood surface being filled with sealant. With a smooth surface, the stain will go on evenly.

Not feeling up to the task of refinishing your hardwood floors on your own? Reach out to a professional flooring contractor for help with hardwood refinishing. They take care of the refinishing process as quickly as possible to ensure that you have limited downtime.