Category: Flooring

How to Refinish Wood Floors

I have scratches on the floor, not deep enough though and I found this article. It’s a great thing that I don’t need to do alot with it but just refinish it.

Here’s the steps that you can do yourself:

 

STEP ONE // How to Refinish Wood Floors

Clean the Floor

Remove all the furniture, and spray the floor with a hardwood flooring cleaner or your own mix of 10 parts water to 1 part white vinegar. Gently wipe the floor with a terry-cloth mop or a towel wrapped around a mop head. Close the windows and doors to keep dust contained in the room you’re sanding.

 

STEP TWO // How to Refinish Wood Floors

Prep the Perimeter

Using 180-grit sandpaper, hand-sand the perimeter of the room and any nooks that the buffer can’t reach. Rub with the grain 4 to 6 inches out from the baseboard, working over each board until the finish dulls and a powder forms. Don’t use a sanding block—it might miss uneven spots in the floor.

 

STEP THREE // How to Refinish Wood Floors

Scuff-sand the Finish

Stick a maroon buffing pad to the buffer, and put on a dust mask. Move the buffer from side to side across the floor in the direction of the grain, overlapping each course by 6 inches. The old finish turns to powder as you go, so it’s easy to see the areas you’ve covered. Keep the buffer moving at all times, but stop every 5 minutes or so and vacuum the pad.

 

STEP FOUR // How to Refinish Wood Floors

Vacuum and Tack

Leave the room for 10 to 15 minutes to let the powder settle. Put a clean filter in the vacuum, and sweep the floor using a felt-bottomed attachment. Work in line with the flooring strips, then sweep across them to get any powder that settled between the boards. Finally, dry-tack the floor with a microfiber cloth pushed with the grain.

 

STEP FIVE // How to Refinish Wood Floors

Cut in Along the Edges

 Cover your shoes with booties and your nose and mouth with a respirator that has organic vapor canisters. Strain the finish through a cone filter into a clean plastic watering can, minus a sprinkler head, then pour some strained finish into a small plastic container. Brush a 3-inch-wide stripe beside the baseboards at a point farthest from your exit door. You’ll have lap marks if the edge of the stripe starts to dry, so stop after 10 minutes and go to the next step.
STEP SIX // How to Refinish Wood Floors

Roll Out the Poly

Pour out a 1-inch-wide stripe of finish in line with the grain—only as much as you can spread in 10 minutes. Using a long-handled roller with a ¼-inch nap cover, roll out the finish with the grain, then across it. Overlap each pass and work quickly to keep a wet edge. After 10 minutes, brush more finish along the edge, then pour and roll again for 10 minutes. Continue until the floor is covered. Wait 3 hours before recoating and a week before putting back furniture.

Installing a Hardwood Floor

Home Remodel with Domestic or Exotic Wood Planks to Add Warmth

How to Install a Hardwood Floor

Hardwood flooring continues to be popular with homeowners. Although laminate flooring has been gaining market share, the hardwood flooring manufacturers have responded by developing and distributing prefinished hardwood tongue and groove hardwood planks.

hardwood floor installation

DIY homeowners who aren’t experienced with finishing wood floors should stick to the prefinished variety. But either way, this article is a step by step guide on how to install a hardwood floor.

Hardwood floor installation hint – Let the planks sit inside the home for three days after delivery to stabilize with the interior humidity level.

Subflooring for Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors need a flat, solid subfloor to rest on. This can be a moisture-proofed, well finished concrete slab, an existing floor (excluding carpeting), or plywood on floor joists.

The first step is to remove any shoe base or quarter round on the baseboard.

Next roll out 15-pound asphalt felt. Overlap the seams by 3” and use a staple gun to attach it to the floor. The felt will keep any moisture from the wood and it provides good sound control.

Layout the Hardwood Floor

Find the center of the room by measuring from the wall.

Mark it and snap a chalk line through the marks. This is the control line.

Now strike a chalk line parallel to the control line 1/4” to 3/8” from the wall. This will be the edge of the first run of hardwood planks and allows for expansion from moisture.

Install the Hardwood Planks

Use the chalk line as a guide and nail the first run of planks down; the tongue side should be towards the center of the room.

First nail straight down close to the wall where the shoe base will cover the nail holes. Either use a hammer, finish nails, and a nail set; or use a finish nail gun. If going with the hammer, pre-drill the holes.

Now nail through the tongue at a 45 degree angle.

Next nail the next run of planks down with the tongue of the first in the groove of the second. Again, nail through the tongue. From now on, no end joint should be less than 10” from the end joint of the adjacent run.

Continue in this fashion nailing down the runs. When the opposite side of the room has been reached, it may be necessary to rip the final run at an angle if the room is out of square. Don’t forget to leave the expansion gap.

Finishing Up the Hardwood Floor Installation

If unfinished hardwood was used, this is the time to finish the wood with a floor drum sander and a finish.

Finally, finish up with baseboard installation (if none was there) and shoe base or quarter round.

Now, all that’s left is routine hardwood floor maintenance.