How To Refinish a Hardwood Floor
We’re often asked about how to refinish a hardwood floor. We’re passionate about hardwood flooring, and we love to de-mystify this simple and straightforward process.
The first step in refinishing your hardwood floor is to sand away the wear and tear. You’re going to need to rent yourself a large, floor sander – the kind you have to walk behind. You’re also going to want to rent a smaller, hand held sander to help you get into those hard to reach spaces (corners, doorways, etc.)
Once the sanding process is done, you’ll want to continue your hardwood refinishing process by smoothing out the floor and using wood putty and a knife to fill in any spots created by nicks or gouges. Follow the wood putty instructions to the letter. Let it dry according to the packaging instructions and then gently sand the affected areas with sandpaper.
Then, after that’s done, it’s time to move on to step 3 in the hardwood refinishing process: wipe down everything. Wipe down walls, moldings to remove all dust and residue. You definitely don’t want any dust on the floor when you apply your finish.
Get yourself a good shop vacuum, any will do. Take extra care to do a great job of cleaning up all the dust. Wipe the floor down with cloth, we recommend tack cloth. And you’ll need several, so stock up!