Preparation Tips For Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors

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Have hardwood flooring that isn't looking so great? It may be time to refinish it. Here are some tips to follow that can help prepare for the refinishing process.

Determine If The Floors Need Refinishing

One way to test the condition of your hardwood floors is to sprinkle some water on the surface. Water that beads up and stays that way for several minutes means that the flooring still has a good seal on it, and still has time before refinishing is necessary. However, water that is immediately absorbed into the wood means that you should refinish the surface. 

Know Your Flooring Type

It's important that you understand what kind of floors you have, because they can determine if you can refinish your floors on your own. You will only be able to refinish your floors if you have solid hardwood. Engineered hardwood is made in layers, and it is very possible that you can take off that top layer of flooring material if you have never refinished the material before and don't know what you are doing.

Know When To Sand

If you have natural hardwood in your home that has its original color, then you may not need to sand the surface to refinish it. The only time you need to sand is if you have noticeable scratches in the surface that you want to fix, a wax coating on top of the wood, or a stain color that you want to change to something different. 

Remove Shoe Moldings

You'll need to clear the floor surface of all objects before you sand, which includes the shoe moldings. Label the moldings and the spot where they came from with painters tape so you can easily identify where they go back onto the floor. 

Drive In Nail Heads

Are there any nails that are sticking up out of the floor in places? These can ruin the sanding equipment as it runs over the surface. You'll want to drive in the nail heads further into the floor, as well as other nails that are near the surface. Tapping them in slightly further into the wood can give you the peace of mind that you won't cause any damage. 

Cover Your Ductwork

You'll want to make sure that no dust from the sanding process gets into the air vents. Turn off the HVAC system and then cover the ductwork with plastic right before the professionals come to start the sanding.

You can also hire experienced contractors to do wood floor refinishing for you.