Great Empire Furniture Needs Complimentary Flooring- How To Refinish Your Floors

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Guest Post By Jason Phillips

A hardwood floor can look fantastic when it is first laid, however, over time it will fade, become scratched and probably attract a few blemishes. Fortunately it is possible to refinish a real wood floor and return it to an as new condition. It is recommended to complete the following procedure once every eight to ten years, although this timescale can be reduced for those areas which are used more frequently; such as the kitchen or hallway.


Refinishing a hardwood floor will take between five and seven days. It is essential to be aware of this before you start to ensure you have enough time to complete the job. You may also need to consider an alternative route around your house for this time period, or even setting up a temporary kitchen! One of the first things you will need to do is remove all furniture from the room, you will also have to ensure any pets are kept away from the area and that children will not destroy your work. It may be prudent to complete the work when your family can take a few days vacation.

Compile your kit

In order to complete this job successfully it is essential to have the right tools available. It is best to compile these before you start any work.

  • Orbital Sander
  • Scraper
  • Masking Tape
  • Rags
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Stain; oil based
  • Varnish
  • Long handled roller
  • Brushes
  • Paint trays

Preparing the Room

Tape the room! The first stage will involve sanding and this will create a large amount of dust. Before you start sanding you need to tape up electrical sockets and anything else which can trap the dust. You may also want to lay a line of tape at the doorway to ensure anyone else in the house knows that work is being completed in the room. The same precautions should be taken when dressing yourself; wear a mask, goggles and a dust suit to minimize any skin irritation.

Sanding the floor

The best sander to use is a random orbital sander; it is possible with a drum sander but this is a more difficult machine to use and may leave marks on the floor. To achieve the best results never push down on the sander, it is essential to keep it moving and allow it to do the job by itself. To achieve the best results you should use a medium grit sand paper followed by a fine grit one. When the entire floor has been sanded you will need to thoroughly vacuum it and then wipe it down with a damp cloth to ensure all the dust has been removed.

Apply the stain

The stain needs to be applied in a thin, even layer across the floor. If you are intending to match it to an existing color then you will need to complete a color test first in an inconspicuous area. Stain can dry relatively quickly so it is important to do small areas at a time and start the next area before the first one dries. This will prevent you from having stain lines where the different areas meet. The best stain to use is oil based as this will take longer to dry and give you more time to ensure a perfect finish.

Sealing the floor

It is best to put three coats of sealant down, this will ensure the stain remains unblemished and does not incur scuffs and other scratches. The sealant can be polished regularly to keep your floor looking good. The best way to apply the sealant is to use a long handled roller and carefully cover the entire room. Once finished allow the floor to dry for an hour before lightly sanding and applying a second coat. You will need to repeat this for the third coat and then leave the floor untouched for forty eight hours to allow the sealant to set properly.

It’s tough to care for delicate furniture, especially if you’re planning on redoing the flooring. However, it can be achieved without too much damage. You will need rubber flooring supplies, as well as additional tools to get things started. But as soon as you’ve gotten to understand the process, the whole flooring remodeling will go so much smoother.

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