Finishing and Refinishing Wood Floors
In addition to gracing your home with beauty, hardwood floors hold their value for lifetime. However, with daily wear and tear, even the best quality wood floor can begin to show signs of breaking down. For instance, you will see dents, scratches, and fading. However, there are options for breathing new life into a dull floor. First, if you are just now putting hardwood floors down, then you need the right finish. Second, if you have hardwood floors that look bad, you can have them refinished.
Whether having hardwood floors installed by a professional or doing the installation on your own, you need to make sure the floor is finished properly. This will create a layer of protection so the floor looks amazing while handling traffic. Even if a professional does the installation, you can save a little bit of money by doing the finishing process yourself.
Wood Needs to Settle
Once the wood has been delivered to the house, it needs to sit indoors for about two weeks to settle. Then, make sure you drape closet doors, windows, and the entry door with a heavy plastic so temperature and humidity in the room where the floor will be installed is maintained. Then, the flooring will need to be sanded three times. As you do this, you begin with coarser sandpaper, gradually increasing the grade to fine.
Stain the Wood
Next, the stain you have chosen for the hardwood flooring needs to be brushed or ragged on generously. This stain will need about 12 to 24 hours to soak in, after which a clean cloth would be used to wipe off any excess. The next step of the finishing process is to brush the finish coat on, but make sure the stain is completely dry. Once dry, the floor would be sanded with 180-grit sandpaper and wiped clean. Sand again, clean, and then layer on one more coat of finish to dry.
To bring back the beauty of tired hardwood floors, you can have them refinished or refinished them as a weekend project. For this, the wood has to be sanded down, which is easiest when done with an electric floor sander. From there, the floor is wiped down and the dust cleaned up. Just as you would do when finishing the floor, you follow much the same process with the exception that the floors are already installed. For a wonderful shine, a floor buffer would work exceptionally well.