Home remodeling is an exciting and horrifying thing to go through. Yes, you want everything to look as you want it to, but do you really want to go through the process to make it look that way? Probably not. My blog is all about surviving a renovation project in your home. You will learn tips that will make it an easier process for your entire family. I have even included some easy to follow instructions for creating a make-shift kitchen to help you survive kitchen renovations without getting to know the pizza delivery guy more than you should.
If you live in an old house with hardwood floors, then you might want to refinish them. It is a laborious procedure, so be prepared to get sweaty. Refinishing your hardwood floors is definitely something you can do on your own, but it does take time. If you are someone who doesn't have much free time, then you should consider hiring a professional floor re-finisher, such as those at Front Range Interiors.
If you do plan on refinishing the floors yourself, then this is what you should plan on doing.
Strip Off Paint or Stain
The first step is to strip off the old stain or paint. You can do this with a chemical peel. Get a container of chemical peeler and apply it to the floor with a paintbrush. Leave it on as long as the directions state. When the chemical peel needs to be removed you should use a paint scraper and scrape off the old paint or stain.
Make sure you use a very sharp paint scraper. A dull scraper won't be sharp enough to peel off the paint and gunky stain. You want to avoid damaging the floorboards, so don't dig in too hard when scraping.
Fill Holes With Putty
If there are any deep holes in the floor, now is the time to fix them. You can get a container of wood putty and fill in the small holes. When they dry, you can sand them down and make them flush with the floor.
Sand It Down
The next step is to sand down the entire floor. This serves two purposes. First, it ensures that there are no flakes of paint or areas with stain still visible. Sanding the floor makes everything even and clean, which is a big benefit when you are applying new stain and poly.
Wipe the entire surface with a damp cloth to remove all dust. Wait an hour for the floor to dry.
Apply New Stain
At this point you can apply new stain. Take a old cloth and dip it in the jar of stain. Then mop the cloth over the newly sanded floor. Make sure that there are no spots where the stain accumulates and gets heavy. You want an even application of stain.
After the floor stain has dried for several hours, you can apply poly. This step is necessary if you want a shiny surface. You can apply poly the same way you apply stain. Take a dry cloth and dip it in the can of poly. Mop this cloth over the entire surface of the floor. When this layer of polyurethane dries, the floor will be shiny and clear.