How To Resurface Hardwood

There are probably a million remodel projects that you want to do around your house. Of course, you can't always afford to invest in everything you would like to. If you have hardwood around your house and want to replace it, you should first considering resurfacing. If you resurface hardwood, you can drastically alter the way it looks and breathe new life into your floor. This article explains the basic process of resurfacing a hardwood floor. It should help you decide whether it is a project you can take on yourself or if you will need to have a professional flooring installer come do the work.

Different Methods

There are a few different ways you can resurface a hardwood floor. First of all, you can lightly sand the existing floor and apply the exact same stain. This is usually the least effective method, and there are a lot of possible pitfalls. The new stain might not match with the existing stain, just because of natural fading and wear. This is why it is almost always advisable to completely remove your existing stain before applying the new stain. This is something you definitely need to do if you are going to apply a different colored stain to your floor. However, it is probably still the best route if you are just going to apply the same color stain.

Removing the Stain

There are many different ways to remove your stain, but they all basically require a little bit of elbow grease and sandpaper. While most professionals will use stand up drum sanders to remove the stain more quickly, some homeowners will just use handheld power sanders. A power sander can be a great solution, but only if you have multiple people standing at the same time. That is, if you are doing this job alone, and working on multiple rooms, investing in a drum sander is going to greatly speed up the process and enable you to create a more even finish.

Applying the Stain

On most floors, the actual removal of your existing stain is going to be harder than applying the new stain. There are also different ways you can apply the stain. The best method is to simply pour the stain onto the floor and spread it out using a bunch of rags. This can be sloppy, but it is the best way to get an even, controlled finish.

As you can see, the process of resurfacing your floor is simple. If you want to save money on it, consider doing it yourself.