When doing considering doing hardwood floor refinishing themselves the homeowner needs to realize that along with patience, planning, and skill they will also need specialized equipment. Of all the home improvement tasks that a homeowner could undertake this is the one that requires time, research, and knowledge. You will have to go through many stages, or steps, that include evaluating, preparing, sanding, and sealing your hardwood floors. In any of these stages, or steps, that an error is made, even a tiny one, could create problems that is long lasting. Yes, you can refinish your entire hardwood floor yourself but it is advisable that at certain stages you have help. It can take one to three weeks to do refinishing for such kind of flooring.
First step-checking your hardwood flooring
You will need to determine whether the hardwood floor planks are a good candidate for the laborious process. You will need to access if the floor has suffered damage from spills, water, or pet urine. To see if the boards are too thin to be sanded you can pull up one of the door’s threshold. You will also need to know if the last sealant was polyurethane, varnish, or wax. You will also need to examine your hardwood floors to see if they have a dramatic wear patters or deep gouges.
Step two-preparing the floors
Before you can do hardwood floor refinishing you have to prepare the floors. If most of the hardwood planks do not have too many holes or scratches, are at least three-fourths inch thick and have the same amount of sealant you are ready to start the preparation. The first thing to do is clean the entire floor. You will also need to file in any holes from scrapes, nails, or staples. You will need to pull all the thresholds up and possibly the baseboards too. Even if one of the floors look bad you should do all of the floors in order to keep the floors consistent.
Step three-sanding the floor
This is probably the most demanding step. You will need to rent a heavy cumbersome sandy called a drum sander. It is very loud when you use it. You will need to roll it on all of the hardwood floors three times to peel off the top layer of finish and stain along with some wood to make it look flat and raw.