Home Remodeling: Refinish Hardwood Floors

Over the years, your family's home may have become a little dated and in need of some fresh paint or new carpeting. But what about the hardwood floors? They may look clean and new, but in reality, they could use a little TLC. Here are some tips for how to refinish your wood floors to bring back their shine.

Prep the room

Maintaining your family home is a big responsibility, but your house will only look its best if you take care of it and keep it in good condition. Before you can refinish your floors, you'll need to do a little prep work, so you're not working on dust and dirt all day. First, vacuum the floor thoroughly to remove any loose debris, then remove any furniture from the room, so you don't get any scratches on the floor while you're working on it. Next, use a wet cloth to wipe down all the surfaces in the room to get rid of any residual dust and debris. Finally, remove any wax from the surface of the floor using a strong solvent. Once you're done cleaning, let it dry completely before you proceed to the next step.

Sand the floor

Once you've cleaned the room, it's time to begin sanding. You'll need to rent a floor sander for this project, but be careful not to sand too much! If you remove too much of the finish, you won't be able to get your floors looking nice and smooth again. Use the sander to sand the floor's entire surface until all of the old finish has been removed.

If you are refinishing without sanding, there are other methods you can use to prep the floors. Using trisodium phosphate (TSP) will help you get rid of stains and other discolorations in the wood, while sandpaper soaked in acetone will remove any sticky residue left behind by the old finish. These methods are time-consuming, however, so if you are planning to refinish your home yourself, we recommend sanding.

Apply a new coat of finish

Once the floor has been sanded down, apply several coats of stain to the wood. This will give it a rich color and protect the wood from the elements. You should allow each coat to dry before applying the next and make sure to apply multiple coats for maximum protection. You can also use polyurethane instead of a stain if you prefer. However, polyurethane can't be used everywhere in the house because it gives off a very strong odor and may cause allergies in some people.

After the final coat has dried, run your hand across the floor to make sure there aren't any rough spots left on the surface. If you find any, simply sand them down until they are smooth again.

Finish the rest of the house

Now that your floors have been refinished, you can move on to the rest of your home. Clean all the other rooms in your house the same way you cleaned and finished the floors, and then give each one a fresh coat of paint. This will give them a fresh look that will go well with your new floors.

Your floors will look beautiful once you're finished, so don't forget to take plenty of pictures to share with family and friends!


Once you have completed the steps above, you should be able to transform the look and feel of your home in no time. Your floors will look fantastic, and you'll be glad you took the time to take care of them.

Sanding, staining, and finishing your floors is a lot of work, but it will make your home look great. Make sure you take the time to properly prepare the surface before you start. You'll be glad you did when the new floors are finally finished!

Follow these simple steps, and you'll be able to restore your wood floors quickly and efficiently. Good luck!

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