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Have you discovered hardwood flooring beneath your carpet? Perhaps your hardwood flooring is already exposed, but it is in need of a refresher. Either way, refinishing your hardwood floor is a great way to give a room a facelift. By keeping these simple tips in mind, you will soon have a lovely hardwood floor that adds beauty and value to your home.
Tip #1: Expect Imperfections
When working with a hardwood floor, it is important to remember that wood is a natural product. Therefore, there will be imperfections. In addition to encountering knots in the wood, you may also deal with variations in grain and color. For most people, these imperfections are one of the things that makes hardwood floors so beautiful. So, rather than fret about these imperfections, embrace them and appreciate the beauty they add to your home.
Tip #2: Make Repairs
Before you can start refinishing your hardwood floor, you need to make any necessary repairs to the wood. If the wood has become water damaged or stained by pets or water, you may need to replace some of the boards in order to create an attractive floor. The same is true if there are gaps in the floor. Simply refinishing your floor will not take care of these issues. Obviously, repair can be a bit costly and you may need to contact a professional to do this part of the job, but the extra time and money you spend to do the job correctly will be worthwhile.
Tip #3: Keep the Dust Under Control
Refinishing hardwood floors requires a great deal of sanding. Therefore, you should be prepared to deal with quite a bit of dust while doing the job. To keep the dust under control, hang plastic around the work area. This will help prevent the dust from spreading throughout the house. You can also keep dust to a minimum by frequently vacuuming the room and keeping the room’s windows open if possible.
Tip #4: Create a Timeline
Refinishing a hardwood floor involves allowing time for drying and curing. Therefore, you need to work out a timeline that allows you to use your time efficiently while also giving your floor the time it needs to dry between sessions. Keep in mind that a number of things can affect how quickly your floor dries and cures. Things that will affect your timeline include the number of coats of polyurethane you apply, the type of polyurethane you use, whether or not you use stain, the size of the floor and humidity levels. While you may be tempted to rush through the job, be sure to allow your floor to dry and cure thoroughly. Otherwise, you will find yourself having to redo the job within a short period of time. The following are some general guidelines to consider:
- Tearing up the overlying vinyl, carpet, tile or laminate typically takes one to two days.
- Sanding typically takes 1 day for every 1,000 square feet.
- Applying stain and polyurethane generally takes 2 to 5 days to complete, though it may take an extra day or two if it is humid.
After you have applied your last coat of poly, allow the floor to dry for four days before moving furniture back on to it. Generally speaking, it takes around 30 days for the poly to fully cure.