how to refinish hardwood floors

How To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors: Finishing a Hardwood Floor with Oil Based or Water Based Finish

How To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors: Finishing a Hardwood Floor with Oil Based or Water Based Finish

Well, we’re almost done! All that’s left is the fun, and enjoyable part of the process: vacuuming and applying finish. After your final buffing pass be sure to properly vacuum the entire floor. Do not leave any dust or debris behind. Next, it is highly recommended, all though not mandatory, to get a bona mop or something similar, attach a dry microfiber cloth or rag to the bottom, and tack the entire floor to clean up and remove any remaining dust left behind from vacuuming. This will produce the cleanest and smoothest finish and is a great habit to get into.

How To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors: Final Sanding with the Buffer

How To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors: Final Sanding with the Buffer

Well, this is it, we’re almost there! I’m sure you can see the finish line is close for this project, and I can too. If you’ve made it this far your floors should be looking really terrific. We have one more final step left to do, which is crucial; a final light buffing pass. We do this to blend all of the places that were edged, random orbited, and belt sanded together into one beautiful even sanding scratch pattern. This way no color differences or picture framing problems can occur. For this you will need your buffer, a driver plate, a thick white or red backing pad, and a 120 grit sanding screen. Attach it to the buffer and place the buffer on the floor as shown in the picture below.

How To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors: Sanding the Edges with the Edger

How To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors: Sanding the Edges with the Edger

This week, we continue our ongoing series. As always, if you have any questions about any of the information that you're reading here, we're more than happy to answer the questions that you have. We don't expect anyone to get this down 100% with their first try. Hardwood flooring is a delicate and nuanced process that takes years to master. That being said, we'd like to share some of that wisdom when it comes to sanding the edges of your floor.

How To Refinish Your Hardwood Floors: Equipment

Hardwood floor refinishing can be challenging, but it most definitely can be taught. We learned the nuances of our craft over years and we can safely say that experience is something that you can't teach. Hardwood floor refinishing is very much an art. We'd like to let you behind the curtain as we begin a multi-part series that details the ins and outs of hardwood floor refinishing. Look for the other parts of this series to come out in the coming weeks.