Want to Know How to Refinish Hardwood Flooring?

Refinishing hardwood floors can be either a lengthy process or a strip and protect project. The process can sometimes include sanding floor boards, staining, and sealing the stain to create a longer lasting finish. The finished look of hardwood flooring can differ depending on the softness of the wood used and how old the floor is.

Sanding wood flooring, sometimes known as stripping, can be an extremely labor intensive job. Sanding begins with a drum sander that is fitted with course sandpaper. As one round is finished, the paper will be changed to a lesser course grit and re-sanding is done again, until the flooring is smooth and has no hint of its previous finish. This technique will strip away any old finish and prepares the floor for its new finish.

Once the old finish is removed, the floor can be sealed to show its natural wood grain. When a darker look is wanted, refinishing hardwood floors using a stain will deepen the color from light pine to the dark mahogany. Staining hardwood floors does take time and multiple  applications.

The last step to refinishing hardwood floors will be to seal the floor boards. Polyurethane is usually used to seal hardwood floors and two or more layers will be needed to seal the wood after the floor has been refinished. The first step involves rolling a coat of polyurethane on.

Once this first coat has dried, a fine grit sandpaper will be used to rough the finish up, in order to prepare the floor for another coat. This process is usually repeated multiple times to increase shine. Layering multiple coats of polyurethane also increases the durability of your finished floor.


If you are looking for a professional flooring contractor, then call Greens Trim at (256) 414-3209 today. We are in Huntsville, AL.


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