Refurbishing Wooden Flooring

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Refurbishing wooden flooring……wooden floors are a popular choice of flooring for your home, providing warmth and comfort but also being resilient and fairly durable. If your wooden floor does happen to be showing its age a little, sanding the floorboards will have them looking as good as new, and is one of the cheapest ways of giving a room a new look.

Wooden Floor

Step 1:
Pull up any old floor coverings and remove as much furniture as possible, including pictures and curtains. Make sure you have everything you need in the room and seal around doors with masking tape to stop dust escaping over the rest of the house. Open windows and exterior doors to allow the dust to escape.

Use dust sheets to cover any remaining items left in the room. To avoid injury or ripping the sanding sheets, hammer down any protruding nails in the floorboards with a hammer and nail punch.

Step 2:
Work diagonally across the boards with the floor sander. Should your boards be in good condition and stain free, start with medium grade sanding sheets. Should the boards have stains, opt for coarse grade sheets. Move slowly across the room, overlapping each strip and keeping the sander moving to prevent ruts from forming. Crisscrossing the room is a good tactic to remove stubborn stains.

Step 3:
Once the flooring is stain free, swap to medium grade sheets and sand in the direction of the boards. Use a fine abrasive to finish off, working up and down the boards. Remember to empty the dust collection bag regularly, as the bag is liable to burst with the weight of the dust.

Step 4:
Use the round edging sander to finish off the edges of the room. Begin with coarse discs and work through the sanding grades in the same way. Aim to work as close to the skirting boards as possible. Use a small orbital sander to reach into the tight corners of the room.

Step 5:
Take all the materials and tools out of the room and give the floor a thorough vacuum. Use a cloth dampened with white spirit to eliminate finer dust by wiping over the new surface. It is essential the boards are sealed with a clear wood finish or paint.

Use a brush to apply at least two coats, adding an additional third coat for hard-wearing areas such as hallways.

Following these easy steps for refurbishing wooden flooring……will have your floor looking shiny and new in no time!

Updated: December 13, 2013 — 1:54 pm

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