Hardwood is very useful and is globally known as the best flooring material for most properties. Other than looking good, your hardwood floor will last for a long while. Although hardwood flooring is associated with ancient palaces in Europe and early American homes, it still fits in the present-day homes perfectly. After some time, these floor types will wear out. Other than staying for long, these floors will lose the luster and become dull over the years. The parts of the house with high foot traffic are the first to wear out. Hardwood floors will be hard to wash once they are worn out and will not look appealing. Refinishing and constant maintenance is the sure way of having hardwood floors looking stunning always.
But, it is important to note that not all dullness or chipping of your hardwood floor needs a full refinishing work. There are instances when the simple cleaning with a cloth will do the trick of attaining a beautiful and shiny floor. You can tell whether the floor requires an easy cleaning process or the complicated procedures. First identify the part of the house where people use a lot. Pour a tablespoon or two of water on that area and observe.
Refinishing a hardwood floor is not easy. Professional flooring services have more experience and the right tools for the work. If you choose to do it by yourself the following guidelines will help you get your hardwood floor back to its original shine. Take measurements of the place you want to refinish. Sand the area by hand if it is less than fifty squire feet. A good sandpaper and kneepads will aid in completing the job. Use a power sander for more significant areas to avoid injuries.
After removing all the furniture and accessories remove the original coating on the floor which has varnish and wax. Acetone and lacquer thinner is used to remove varnish, while the ordinary wax stripper is used to remove wax. The reason for removing the coating is to sand. After that remove all nails and tacks on the surface of the floor. The nails and tacks will not only harm you, but they will spoil the sand paper and power sander. The space left after removing these things is covered using commercial wood fillers of the same color as the floor. After sanding the entire hardwood floor, wipe it using a wet cloth or mop. Use a resin coated cloth from the hardware to take out tiny dust particles. Finally, apply three coats of a fresh coat of wax or paint on the dry floor.