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Refinishing Hardwood Floors

If the protective finish of your hardwood floor has been ruined, you must refinish it in order to replace the dullness with a shiny look!
It takes a few days in order to carry out the entire task. Once it has been refinished, you only need to re-coat the floor once in 3 or 4 years. You might never have to repeat the process of refinishing your floor.
However, this is a complex task so it is better to leave it up to a professional.
How to Refinish a Hardwood Floor
Tips on Sanding the Floor
• Remove all furniture and rugs from the room • Look for any nails or carpet staples which has been left behind since these can ruin your sandpaper • Purchase or rent a floor sander • Drum sanders which are traditional are heavy. You must take precautionary measure while using them. If it is placed in a particular place for a slightly long time, it can sand a grove in your hardwood floor, which is very difficult to remove. • Use good sandpaper with grits- 36, 60, 80 and 100. • The 36-grit sandpaper, which is the heaviest, should be fixed to the sander first. • Run the sander in the same direction as that of the wood grain • Once you are done sanding the floor, clip a lighter grit (60 grit) instead of the heavy one • To make your floor smooth, start from 36 and go up to 60 or start from 80 and go up to 100.
Steps needed for staining the floor
. • You can stain the floor or leave it natural • Clear the floor of all the sawdust released from the sander. • Use a vacuum to clean the finer dust from the surface • You must ensure that there is sufficient ventilation in the room • Use a rag to apply stain, first to the corner of the room, then to the entire floor. • Before you start the finishing, give enough time to the coat to dry.
Tips on Finishing the Floor
• Mix the container which has the polyurethane finish • Apply smooth strokes of polyurethane using a brush or a roller Leave the finish for drying. It could take up to 3 hours • Apply the second coat and let it dry for at least 3 days before placing the furniture back in the room and setting up the room.
The steps highlighted above will certainly guide you towards an exquisite hardwood refinishing.

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