How To Revitalize Your Old Hardwood Floors
The decision to refinish hardwood is typically made with respect to who will be performing the work. Most of your do-it-yourselfers will choose to do the job yourself but those of you who aren’t all that sure about your particular set of skills may opt to hire a professional company such as N-hance Escondido.
But the truth is you can revitalize your own hardwood flooring by adhering to a set of simple steps that should be taken with the utmost caution. After all, your hardwood flooring is expensive and even the smallest modicum of damage can significantly mar their appearance to the tune of hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repair costs.
However, that should not entirely preclude you from doing the work yourself if you feel confident in your ability to accomplish the task at hand. Here’s what you need to do in order to give your old, faded hardwood a new lease on life.
It’s the thing that will be doing most of the work here and it starts with choosing an initial grit for your sandpaper. Making this selection will depend on the current condition of your flooring. Is it badly faded or damaged or does it just need a quick refreshing?
Based on the appearance of your floor and the extent of revitalization necessary, you can then select an appropriate starting grit to begin the task. One thing to keep in mind as you choose your grit is to go with something coarser for harder wood types and flooring that has sustained significant damage.
Be sure you have a strong drum sander for the job, no matter how big or small. Do your first pass with your initial grit and sand every inch slowly and carefully. You’ll also want to do as much square footage as possible without stopping. This will depend largely on the length of cord on your electric sander.
One thing to keep in mind is to attach an extension cord so you may cover more ground while you’re working. You should try to avoid stopping and starting so the floors look even and thorough.
When you are done, you’ll notice that you weren’t able to reach every part of the floor. That’s okay, you’ll be using your edging tool to get those areas after you’ve sanded everywhere else. Just be sure you’re using the same grit level on the edger as the sander.
After you’ve finished, vacuum or sweep up all of the dust and debris left behind. If you don’t, these remnants can damage your floor when you try to sand again.
In order to fully revitalize the flooring properly, you’ll need to sand it more than once, using a finer gauge of grit each time. Doing this will allow you to achieve the exact look and feel you’re going for in the revitalization of your hardwood floors.
So get ready to repeat this process more than a few times, using the sander and the edger and progressively finer grit on each pass. But be sure you choose your appropriate grit ahead of time so you know which sequence to use to achieve the aesthetic you want.