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Does your hardwood floor look dull and grubby, with dings everywhere? Well, it is time to think about your options for restoring your hardwood floor.
If you want to restore your hardwood floors without much effort, go for deep cleaning. Many times your floor gets back its luster merely by deep cleaning. If you are unsatisfied, go for some DIY project for some homely refinishing. If that doesn’t work either, go for sanding by yourself or with some professional help.
Let’s take a detailed look at how to restore your hardwood floors.
Start By Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning could be the very first solution to your dull floors.
⦁ Clean your room with a broom to get rid of any visible dust.
⦁ Now vacuum your room for any hard-to-see dust and hard-to-reach areas.
⦁ With a⦁ quality surface cleaner, mop your floor to make it sparkle and remove any grease or stains.
A DIY Finish Without Sanding
Deep cleaning doesn’t always work, so there is a step up. You can restore your floor using some finishing products like Mixwax Hardwood Floor Reviver and Rejuvenate Wood Floor Restorer. These are extremely helpful and can make a huge difference. They’ll fill up any minor gaps or cuts with their thick consistency.
Time For Refinishing With Sanding
However, when nothing else works, sanding your hardwood floor will undoubtedly do the trick. You’ll need a few days to finish it, but the results will be worth it.
⦁ Prepare The Room
Start by preparing the room and removing all the furniture. Consider covering the outlets since there will be lots of dust and sand. You can use painter’s tape to cover them all up. Now, use a plier to remove any protruding nails. Also, secure any loose boards.
⦁ Fix The Holes
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Now examine the floor for some holes and cracks and fill them in. The best option is to use a trowel filler. This filler with a comparatively thin texture covers the large areas.
If your room is a bit too damaged, you can use it all over. Or, use it on some big cracks only. Make sure to let it dry thoroughly.
⦁ Sand The Floor
Here comes the actual thing: sanding. You will need a drum sander for this purpose, and it is available at any hardware store. You can easily rent it out with some first-hand information about using it.
Start the process by using a 40-grit sandpaper. It will remove old finishes, dings, and scratches from the floor. Take one corner at a time and keep a steady pace. Continue without stopping the sander. Otherwise, you will end up with a big mark on your floor. Keep changing the sandpaper that will be worn out and empty the dust bag.
While the drum sander will work for the floor all over, it may not go to corners and edges. You will need an edge sander for this. Use the 60, 80, and 120-grit sandpaper for sanding multiple times. Each time, keep removing the dust and debris from the floor.
⦁ Time To Buff
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Although sanding will remove the upper layer of your floor, it will still be kind of coarse. To smooth it out, you need a floor buffer. Again, you can rent an industrial floor buffer, but it can be expensive. Another option is a pole sander. This takes longer but is more convenient and affordable.
⦁ Seal The Floor
After you are done with buffing, it is time to seal the floor. At this point, many people choose to stain their floors also. Do it before sealing and your floor should be arid for the final step.
Sealing saves your floor from damages and scratches in the future. And adds some shine as well.
For sealing, have your floor clean. Now, start from the inner corner to have a way to go out after finishing the job.
You will need more than one coat of sealing: the more coats, the more protection. However, allow each one to dry so that you don’t smudge things out.
You can go for a natural oil finish or wax. While the oil finish is an eco-friendly option, it isn’t very protective of the floor. You will need frequent applications in the future. On the other hand, wax is more popular as it gives a more matte finish. But it can be hard to apply.
That’s all about how to restore hardwood floors. We started with deep cleansing and some DIY at-home finishes. And when we didn’t achieve the results, we opted to sand for a smooth and professional finish.
Sanding demands some moderate skills and a few days to complete. However, hire Kitchen and Bath Renovations for a professional makeover if you choose not to do it yourself.
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