Floor Refinishing: Things you should Know  

You might be having a house party or you just got sick looking at your old ratchet floor. You must be thinking that you should have your floor refinished. Floor refinishing can make your floor look good as new without the cost of replacing your floors. Cost may vary but it a simple task that you can do over the weekend. You just need to know which ones works for your floor best. 

Floor Refinishing

It’s always a good idea to inform yourself on things especially the ones that concerns you. When you’re well informed and consider every single detail with your professional workers, you can be relaxed and let them do their work. You can event travel to Koh Samui and stay in gorgeous villa, and when you return, your home will be like new one. Here are some things you should know about floor refinishing so you’re well informed and just feel awesome about it.   

First you’ll need to know between sanding and screening. The number one solution that you’ll think of when you see scuffs and scratches on your floor is to sand it down to the wood itself and apply a new coat of polyurethane. However, if the ugly marks are shallow enough you don’t really necessarily need to do any of that. You can renew the luster of the floor just by applying the coat on the old finish.   

Sanding is good when there are deep marks that can’t be covered by just applying a new coat. It takes more time and is absolutely not recommended for several uses because you’ll wear down your floor and you’ll have to get it replaced. Recoating is a lot faster than sanding the floor and doing the refinishing but most of the time the work goes to the preparation rather than the recoating itself.  

Second, you’ll need to do the prep work for the refinishing. Start with a test area, you’ll need two of them one in an area where there will be lots of traffic and two in an area that is along the wall or cabinet. Make sure that you clean the area and then coat it with the polyurethane. Of course you’ll need to sand it but not down to the hardwood floor only to roughen up the space to make sure that the coat will adhere better. If the coat stays with a bit of pressure then you can start recoating your floor but if it flakes off with a bit of pressure then you’ll have to sand down to the hardwood floor and then start to refinish it.   

Third, you’ll need to set a budget and decide on the materials to be used. The cost of recoating a floor is half the cost of sanding and refinishing the floor. You’ll need to set your budget so you know how much room you can do before you starve. The materials aren’t that expensive either and most of the cost will go to the renting of the equipment. Here are the list of required tools for the project.   

  • Mineral Spirits 
  • Liquid Floor Cleaner  
  • Polyurethane floor finish  
  • Sanding screen  
  • Synthetic steel wool pads 
  • Brush  
  • Finish applicator pad 
  • A buffer  
  • A respirator that filter out harmful chemical fumes 

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