Most of the features in the world have hardwood flooring installed for efficiency purposes. Other than looking good, your hardwood floor will last for a long while. Besides the fact that hardwood was mostly installed in the old homes, it is nowadays even being installed in the modern houses. One of the demerits of these floors is the fact that they tend to wear out over time. Even though it will last for a lengthy period, the polish damages and gets dull. The parts of the house with high foot traffic are the first to wear out. Hardwood floors will be hard to wash once they are worn out and will not look appealing. Hardwood flooring needs continuous maintenance or refinishing if they are to remain in top shape for long.
But, it is important to note that not all dullness or chipping of your hardwood floor needs a full refinishing work. There are instances when the simple cleaning with a cloth will do the trick of attaining a beautiful and shiny floor. You can tell whether the floor requires an easy cleaning process or the complicated procedures. Find out the most used part of the home. Pour a tablespoon or two of water on that area and observe.
t is not easy to refinish a hardwood floor. It is advisable to seek assistance from flooring professionals who have the knowledge to do the work and the right equipment and tools as well. If you choose to do it by yourself the following guidelines will help you get your hardwood floor back to its original shine. Begin with measuring the part of your hardwood floor you want to refinish. If the area is less than fifty squire feet sand manually. Use sandpaper and kneepads to finish the job. Use a power sander for more significant areas to avoid injuries.
The second thing to do is put away all the furniture and fixtures because they will distract you from doing your job, then remove the old coating on the floor which consists of wax, varnish or paint. Ordinary wax stripper is used to remove wax covering while varnish is removed by acetone or lacquer thinner. The reason for removing the coating is to sand. After that remove all nails and tacks on the surface of the floor. Apart from injuring your hands, nails and tacks can spoil the sandpaper and power sander as well. The space left after removing these things is covered using commercial wood fillers of the same color as the floor. Mop the floor with a wet cloth after sanding. A resin will remove all the dust particles. The final step is applying a fresh coat of wax, varnish or paint after the floor has dried.