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My parents just recently moved into a new town home, and they have the most GORGEOUS hardwood floors. Beautiful hardwoods are one of the first things people see when they come in the door, and they attract buyers . . . my parents were definitely drawn in by theirs. Did you know that a National Association of Realtors study indicates homeowners are willing pay an extra $2,080 just for hardwood? A National Wood Flooring Association survey of realtors also says pristine hardwood flooring helps homes sell more quickly and for amounts closer to asking. But what about the maintenance of hardwoods? It’s something I know a lot about as we had them in a previous home . . . and it was a project we tackled before we sold the home. I wanted to share my experience so you can decide whether you want to take on your own refinishing project.
Should You Refinish?
About every ten years is the estimate, but here are some other things that could indicate you need to:
- Faded finish
- Light surface scratches
One way to tell is to place one tablespoon of water on your wood floor. If it forms droplets, the finish is probably still in good condition. If it soaks into the wood slowly, the finish is wearing thin and you should plan to refinish though it doesn’t need to be done immediately. If it soaks into the wood quickly, it’s time to refinish your floors! Do pay attention to the gaps between the wood. If you have large gaps between your floorboards, it might indicate that instead of refinishing, you should be replacing. Check the gaps between the floor planks. If they’re widening and you can see the nails that hold the floor down, don’t bother trying to refinish the floor.
Materials for Refinishing
Here are some of the tools and materials you should either have on hand or rent for refinishing your wood floors. You might not end up needing all of them, but this just gives you an idea of what you could be looking at for this project.
- Random Orbital Sander (rental)
- Handheld Sander
- Belt Sander
- Detail Sander
- Pry Bar
- Respirator or Dust Mask
- Hearing Protection
- Safety Goggles
- Masking Tape & Painters Tape
- Plastic Sheets
- Sandpaper and Buffing Screens
- Interior Stain, Sealer & Polyurethane
- Mineral Spirits
Steps to Sanding
You’ll need to decide how much sanding is required. Some floors are lightly scratched and so they can just be abraded with sandpaper to help a new finish to adhere. Ours were deeply scratched, so we have to rent the orbital sander and sand to bare wood before staining and
Staining and Sealing
Important tip before you stain and seal: you MUST remove every speck of dust before you stain and seal. There are a variety of finishes available on the market. You’ll have three things you need to do after you get your floors sanded down:
- Clear Polyurethane
I’m a HUGE fan of Minwax products and it’s exactly what we used for our floors. You’ll want to leave plenty of drying time between layers and between steps to make sure your floors turn out as beautiful as possible.
If you are doing the job yourself, plan on it taking longer than it would professionals. It took FIVE days to refinish my floors because we did it slow and steady and wanted it to look amazing. You’ll have to plan around the refinishing as obviously not being able to access the floors for that many days can be difficult, especially when you have a family. But if you schedule and everyone knows . . . all will be well!
Even though it’s a big job, the task doesn’t need to be daunting. With the right equipment and some practice (and patience) you can return your hardwood floors to their “like-new” beauty. And be proud of yourself for a job well done..
Get a complete how-to by visiting Nationwide’s blog post, The Art and Craft of Refinishing a Wood Floors to ensure your success!