When, Why and How to Refinish Solid Wood Flooring
A solid wood floor is going to be your pride an joy once it's laid down. A solid wood floor is made for a single piece of timber and looks absolutely magnificent. They are stable, they last over a century and are recommended to those who want their home to be that bit more special.
Why Refinish A Solid Wood Floor?
One day, you'll think back to the day your wood floor was put down and be struck at the memory of a brighter, fresher looking wooden feel. Over time, it will fade and wear away in areas of particularly high traffic. It might have suffered a spilled drink or two, the accidental heavy footed high heel, or simply months and years of feet gradually wearing away the top protective layer. Refinishing a wood floor will certainly be much cheaper than replacing it.
Before you begin your journey to a refinished and refreshed wood floor, make sure you've given it a very good clean. Shift all the furniture into another room, vacuum in every corner and run over it with a lightly damp mop. Once you've done this you'll have a great view of the whole floor, and see exactly where the refinishing is particularly needed.
How to Refinish Your Wood Floor
- Hire a sander and make sure you have studied its safety advice - they can be quite heavy.
- Fit heavy grit sandpaper to the sander and start to work in the direction of the grain.
- Once you've done this, repeat by using lighter grit sandpaper, keep doing so in the direction of the wood grain.
Staining – (ignore this step if you prefer the natural timber look)
- Vacuum the whole floor to remove all dust and sawdust from the sanding.
- Test the stain you’ve chosen on a small, inconspicuous area of floor to confirm you’re happy with the shade.
- Stain the whole surface of your floor evenly and leave plenty of time for it to dry out.
- Use a soft brush or roller to apply a polyurethane finish to the floor. Leave it a few hours to dry.
- Ideally, you should leave the floor to dry for about 4 to 5 hours and then apply another layer of finish and leave to dry thoroughly. The wood will look fantastic and last that bit longer.
A solid hard wood flooring is wholly made from real wood and this means that your floor will be extra durable. You'll be able to sand, refinish and re-coat you floor several times, regularly leaving it looking brand new every time. This is why solid hard wood lasts longer than other types of flooring.