Refinishing Hardwood Floors

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Over the past two weeks I’ve taken upon myself to refinish my beautiful hardwood floors that have been covered up with carpeting for several years. Since I’ve been experiencing this project first hand I wanted to take some time and provide all of you with the proper steps as to how to go about refinishing your floors the right way. I’ve notice that when buying material for refinishing the floors you might go back to the store several times and speak with different helpers around the store each time. Each of them will tell you three different ways on how to refinish your wood floors.
Here are the steps that worked for me.

Step One: Remove carpet & pad
Step Two: CAREFULLY remove all the staples, (even the hard to get ones).
Step Three: Remove the tact stripes
Step Four: Fill in with wood putty all the separated boards.
*** You do not have to fill in all the little whole from the tact stripes. This will be a nightmare when going to sand.
Step Five: Sand Sand Sand
*** Depending on if your changing the color of the floor or depending on the damage of the floor that will decide what grit sand paper to start with. If you don’t know how to sand ask before starting or have a friend help.
Step Six: Sweep and vacuum up all the loose debris.
Step Seven: Use rubbing alcohol to wipe down all the finer debris before you apply your first coat of stain.
Step Eight: Stain your floor. Use a 10 inch applicator that can attach to a broom stick.
Step Nine: Stain again if you want it slightly darker.
Step Ten: Apply your first coat of polyurethane.
Step Eleven: Lightly sand with 180-220 grit and wipe down with a tact cloth in between polyurethane coats.
Step Twelve: Repeat as many times as you want. I suggest minimum of 3 coats.
Step thirteen: Enjoy! Relax! and let dry for at least 3 days before moving furniture onto floors.
Please feel free to post pictures or write a comment on your home flooring projects.

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