As you learned earlier in this series, there is a right way and a wrong way to go about refinishing your hardwood floors. Making sure you take all the proper steps to prep your floors properly is critical to the end result. Here are several more Do’s and Do Not’s to pay attention to when refinishing your hardwood floors:
Do Not: Use a Paint Stripper; Sand It
Some people try to avoid sanding altogether. Sanding can create a lot of nuisance dust, and with the stain already being so potent, people want to avoid this. While paint stripper may be the more affordable option, it is not necessarily the best. We recommend sanding the room over just paint stripping it. Sanding will ensure an even coat when sanding.
Do: Vacuum as You Go
Think smarter. It is a good idea to vacuum up the accumulating dust as you go to prevent creating a large, unwanted mess at the end. Be sure to wear a dust mask while working to protect your lungs. Remember a nuisance mask only prevents from dust and does not protect you against strong or potent stains or chemicals penetrating through the mask.
Do Not: Leave Visible Swirls
Before applying your stain, make sure there are no visible swirls from sanding–this will show up in your finished product. You want to avoid having any deep gashes, gouges, or dents where stain can easily accumulate. Make your floor as smooth as possible before applying your stain.
Do not fall into the category of individuals rushing their projects to get it done. These steps will help you refinish your floor successfully. Make sure you are thorough in your prep work. Just like painting a room, if you rush the prep work, the end result will suffer.
Do you have any do-it-yourself projects you plan on tackling soon? Let us know in the comment section so we can help give some tips. For more tips and tricks, visit us at Levis4Floors. Thanks for reading!