Refinishing Wood Floors

Jan 21, 2011 | Blog, By Carl Padro, Hardwood

Hardwood floors that appear worn or dull can be revitalized with a refinishing process which can be accomplished in three phases: sanding (dust free), custom staining, and finishing.

  • Use a Bona floor sander starting with 100 grit sand paper usually, then sand again with a 120 grit sand paper.
  • Be sure to sand the floor, ensuring the sander is constantly moving to prevent deep grooves.
  • Next, clean the floor by vacuuming, then apply stain directly to the hardwood, and allow adequate time to dry.
  • Apply a polyurethane or water based finish with a paint roller, cut edges with about a 3″ brush and let dry.
  • Buff again using an orbital sander with a 180-200 screen disc, then vacuum again.
  • Finally, apply a top coat and let dry.

About the Author

Carl Padron

Carl is the guy to ask when it comes to flooring. He started in hardwood refinishing 30-plus years ago, earned his stripes and used what he’d learned to become an expert on hardwood refinishing, solid and engineered hardwood installation, carpet, ceramic tile, laminate and vinyl flooring installation. You’ll find his work in universities, hospitals, professional sports venues, state museums and theaters, pubs, and of course, homes throughout the state.

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