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How to : Hardwood Flooring Re-sand & Refinishing

Refinishing A Hardwood Floor Refinishing a hardwood floor has a process that involves a variety of different steps. It can seem hard to accomplish for someone that has uncertainties, or if one has no first hand on experience. The refinishing process itself can produce a variety of different options to accommodate your style, or specific interior design preference. I will list a number of steps provided by Glamour Flooring to successfully finish a hardwood flooring project. Hardwood Refinishing Steps:
  • Always start the project by sanding down the wood floor. Sand paper usually consists of utilizing grit grades. In most cases there are different types of grits to choose from: 12, 16, 20, 30, 36, 40, 60, 80, 100, and 120.
  • The main areas of the hardwood floor are sanded down using a belt sander, and for edges, an edge sander. A hand scraper is used to remove all of the old molding from the hard to reach places like corners, bull-nosing on steps, ledges and all other places that the belt sander or edge sander cannot reach.
  •  After the sanding process is complete, you will have to now pass a grit silicon carbide sanding screen along the hardwood floor with an upright/polishing machine. These steps are important because it ensures that the wood is smoothed out and the grain is even.
  • Before you stain or apply the finishing Polyurethane, you have to vacuum, and pass a dampened towel to remove any dust left over to ensure the floor is spotless.
  • In between the polyurethane coating layer process, make sure the hardwood floor is abraded with sanding screen. The first layer normally absorbs into the wood, which more or less will raise the grain. This typically causes the dried coating to give it a rough feeling. Don’t get scared or think you have failed, because the screening typically helps smoothen out the floor.
Type of Finishes
  • Polyurethane: Can be an oil or water base, comes in various degrees of luster and resembles more of a plastic look. Both finishing types can either darken, and even set a yellow stain wood. Although some newer water-based products don’t darken as much, polyurethane is child and pet friendly. Polyurethane is very difficult to spot repair.
  • Varnish: Comes in a variety of lusters. It can range from glossy to matte. The higher the gloss, the longer it lasts. Varnish typically darkens with age. The advantage with Varnish as opposed Polyurethane, is that you can spot-repair with this type of finish.
  • Penetrating: This is a more natural look. It brings out the wood’s grain but may darken over time. The penetrating sealer provides great protection, and it’s more effective when waxed. Downside with Penetrating sealer is its less durable than polyurethane or Varnish. Although it’s durable, it’s also the easiest to spot-repair out of the three.

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