Hardwood floors have a great beauty and they can add warmth and style to any space. Whether you have a traditional home design with architectural details or a modern space, hardwood floors fit right in. This is why many homeowners even use hardwood floors in kitchens and bathrooms.
If you are fortunate enough to have original hardwood floors, you should consider restoring their original beauty. Below are some tips to help you with this.
Should You Recoat or Refinish Your Floors?
If your hardwood floors begin to look dull, they could be renewed through recoating. A maintenance coat will involve cleaning the existing finish of the floor, then sanding it in a light manner. You will just need an application of a fresh new coat of wood floor finish after doing this.
But a complete sand and refinish is recommended when there are some deep scratches, dents and other damage to the flooring. We also recommend this process if the finish is worn away and the bare wood is now exposed. This might be the case if you buy a fixer upper home. And there is an additional benefit to doing a complete sand and refinish. Sanding the floor back to raw wood is the best opportunity to change the color of the floor.
Make Sure to Not Use the Wrong Equipment
Wood floor restoration begins with sanding the floor. This will strip away the previous finish and removes surface level scuffs and scratches. But if you try to sand the floor with home power tools, there is a chance that you might sand the floors unevenly. And this is the best case scenario. You can also severely damage the wood.
Do Sand It Unevenly
But even if you utilize a drum sander, there is no guarantee that you will not make mistakes if you are not careful. Sanding it unevenly could leave spots of old stains or finish. And then these areas will unsuitable for refinishing.
Be Aware of Edging That Is Improper
Be advised that a drum sander can’t get close enough to your baseboards or walls to sand them. To get to these areas, you will not need an edger. You will also need to be patient when using the edger. Make sure not to rush these areas because it will end up in a noticeable color and texture difference around the edge of the room with a higher risk of degradation.
Notice Wood Dust That Is Lingering
The sanding process will make a lot of wood dust. Make sure to keep this in mind when you are applying the stain and finish to your floors. Thoroughly clean your floors first. If you do not clean them, these particles will end up embedded in the stain and finish. You should also vacuum up as much dust as possible, then give your entire space a detailed cleaning before applying any kind of stain and finish.
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Make Sure to Not Use the Wrong Products and Materials
Most products claim to help restore the beauty of your wood floors. But only certain types of stains and finishes are suitable for certain types of woods. Others are specially formulated for certain types of uses. Picking the wrong stain or finish could give your floors an unappealing appearance. And if that is not bad enough, the wrong product can cause accelerated wear or discoloration.
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