Some people will tell you that sanding is the best thing to do while refinishing hardwood floors. However, that is not so. The fact is that your hardwood floor has a particular character that it has developed through decades, and sanding destroys most of it. Some of the wood is also removed, and the floor becomes thinner as a result. And all the dust that sanding creates will prevent you from applying a new finish smoothly. So is there another way of refinishing hardwood floors?
Yes, there is. And a better one at that. This alternative is inexpensive too, apart from being much easier to handle. The floor’s protection is renewed, its character is preserved, and you retain all the wood. Now what could be better?
Start refinishing hardwood floors by making necessary repairs. Add new wood if required. Try to match the grade, species, and the age of the new flooring to the existing one. If you feel it’s needed, sand the repair area lightly. Vacuum the room before you go on to the next step.
The Process Of Chemically Refinishing A Hardwood Floor
Use a mild Trisodium Phosphate solution or plain water to wash the old floor, taking good care not to wet any part of the new wood. Leave the floor to dry for a day. Next, use a wax remover on the old portions, and leave it for another couple of days.
Here’s a list of all the things you need in refinishing hardwood floors. Visit a paint shop to get all of these – lacquer thinner; denatured alcohol; and a corrosion- resistant, screw-top container that will hold both of these. You also need a quality oil finish that matches the current color or is very similar to it; some chemical resistant refinishing pads; a floor polishing stick; a chemical resistant pan; and a floor polishing machine with steel wool pads to fit it.
Make a half-and-half mixture of the lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol in the large can, pour some of it into a glass dish, and start working the floor in parts, staining the new wood to blend them in with the old floor. Leave the floor like that for two or three days. The last step in refinishing hardwood floors is sealing the floor. Polyurethane is the most popular choice of sealant. Applying three coats is the best way to go. So by the end of it, you have a hardwood floor as good as new.