One of the most important parts that you have to consider when building your dream home is the floor. You can use unfinished or prefinished floors. Prefinished floors are readily available on home improvement stores or stores selling home building supplies. Once purchased, all you need to do is install these at home. You can also use these if you’re redecorating your home. Prefinished floors are already coated with sealed and translucent film. This protects the floor from anything that may spill on it as well as scratches, burn or the regular wear and tear. However, after several years, it will also look old and you may want to refinish this to make it look like it’s new again.
Here are the steps on how to refinish a prefinished hardwood floor.
- Prepare the things that you will use in refinishing your prefinished hardwood floor. These are roller and roller cover, hand and floor sander, vacuum, spatula, polyurethane, sandpaper (20 to 60 grit), stain and wood filler.
- Clean and check your prefinished hardwood floor. Your floor needs to be clean before refinishing so that no stain or dirt will be on the floor when you coat it to make it look new again. Also, if the floor is clean, you will be able to easily see if there are cracks or damages, which you can fix before proceeding with the process. Remove the furniture on the area as well as the floor molding before starting to clean the floor and check for any damage. Use a broom and a mop to clean the floor thoroughly. If you see any cracks on the floor, use wood filler to cover the cracks. Make sure that the wood refill that you will use has the same color as your floor so that it will blend well. You will not be able to easily notice that it has a refill if they have the same color. If there are any excess on the refill, remove these using a spatula.
- Sand the floor. Once the floor is clean and all cracks have been filled, it’s time to sand the floor. Use a drum sander with sandpaper that is 20 grit to 60 grit. Use higher grit sandpaper for even surfaces and lower for the uneven parts. The edge of the floor should be sand manually using your hand. The grit of the sandpaper to use for the edge is the same with the grit you used on the surface of the floor.
- Vacuum and stain. Once done sanding the floor, use a vacuum to remove dirt from sanding. Sand the floor again with your drum sander then clean with vacuum once more. Apply stain on the floor using a clean rag. Leave it to set. You can apply more stain if you want.
- Coat the floor with polyurethane. Once stain has set, apply polyurethane on the floor using your roller. Let this dry then apply polyurethane again. Leave this for about a day to fully dry.
Once totally dry, you can now put the molding back as well as your furniture. You will be able to enjoy your refinished floor for a long time. It will take about ten years before it needs to be refinished again.