The last couple of decades has seen an explosion of new and innovative flooring materials hit the market. However, wood still remains the most classical, elegant go to for contemporary and vintage homes alike. People shy away from wood because it needs a little more care and maintenance than the other materials. But, when the right cleaning and maintenance directions are followed, it is actually easy to be served by wood for many years. A time will come when the wood will need a little more than the regular cleaning. If it is that time for your floor, here is what you need to understand about refinishing and restoring your hardwood floors.
Cleaning the floor
The first step in hardwood floors refinishing is cleaning up. Before you start cleaning, make sure you have removed furniture, appliances and all other objects that could be lying on the floor. The cleaning will depend on how dirty the hardwood floors are, but make sure that the floor does not have any dirt or other gunk when you are starting the refinishing process. It is also important to make sure that the floor is dry before you start refinishing. Water and vinegar in a ratio of 10: 1 work wonders in cleaning wooden hardwood floors. When you have finished the cleaning, close the windows and all other openings which the sanding dust could be blown out of, interfering with restoring.
Prepare the floor perimeter
There are certain corners and nooks that the buffer will not reach during refinishing. To ensure that sanding is even throughout the floor, hand sand the entire perimeter of the floor where the device cannot reach. Avoid sanding blocks for this process as they could miss some of the uneven patches.
Scuffing the floor
Once the corners are well sanded down, the next step in the refinishing is to put the buffing pad into the buffer. Put on your buffing mask before turning on the buffer. Start the sanding from one side of the floor and proceed along the grain. As you proceed, the old finish will turn into a light powder, which will help you clearly mark the areas that you have covered. Continue with the buffing till all the areas of the floor are covered, however, make sure that you stop to vacuum the floor every few meters so that the dirt does not accumulate excessively.
After the sanding, leave the room for about half an hour. This will allow all the dust that was blown into the air to settle. When the dust settles, go back with a vacuum and clean up the floor using the flat-bottomed attachment. Keep cleaning till the entire floor area you are restoring is covered. Then, use a micro-fiber cloth to tack the floor and wait for the restoring and refinishing part of the process.
Before you get the big roller brush to apply the poly, cut along the edges with a smaller brush, much the same as you did with the handheld sanding paper. When the edges are covered, pour out the finish in line with the grain and use the large roller to spread it evenly all over the floor of the room that you are refinishing.
Dealing with Minor Scratches on the Floor
Oak hardwood floors tend to accumulate a lot of minor scratches with use. As a result, many homeowners are left wondering whether they should make sanding part of the restoration process. However, professionals in oak restoration recommend the use of a buffer to smooth out any rough scratches on the surface of oak hardwood floors. Scuff sanding with a buffer only works for those scratches that do not go all the way through the wood. You will need a buffer and a vacuum cleaner to properly scuff-sand the floor. A rental buffer can be gotten from the home center near you. After the scuffing is done, wait about three hours before applying a water based polyurethane finish. This can be re-applied every three hours or so. If you choose an oil-based poly, remember that you will have to wait at least 8 hours before applying a new coat to the old one during the restoring process.
In those few steps, you will have your old and dull hardwood floors looking as good as new. Remember that you cannot have anyone stepping or dropping things on the floor you are restoring till all the poly has dried up. Interferences such as stepping on the floor will ruin the drying process and the glossy finish will not be achieved. If you cannot handle the refinishing alone, call in experts in hardwood floors restoration to help with the process.
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