October 6, 2006, Newsletter Issue #35: Refinishing Hardwood Flooring

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If you have hardwood flooring that is long in the tooth, you will want to look into refinishing it at some point. This is not a difficult process and can be done with renting a few tools. here are some hardwood flooring tips on refinishing: First, clear out the space that you will be refinishing. Once the furniture and other impediments are off the hardwood flooring, you will want to start sanding. Rent a power sander from a local hardware store, most have them available. Be sure to wear a mask when sanding as the sawdust can cause serious respiratory problems. Sand your hardwood floors down to the original wood grain or until the top layer of finish is removed. Once done sanding, sweep and mop the sanded hardwood flooring to smooth the surface and free and loose dust. Next, get your stain ready, if using any. Working in smaller sections, begin to rub your stain into the hardwood flooring in a circular motion. Allow the stain to set for about one minute before wiping off any excess stain. Continue until the whole floor is stained in a consistent color. Lastly, apply a layer or two of a clear varnish to seal and preserve the newly stained hardwood floors. Allow the varnish to set for a day or two in a well ventilated area. Use fans wherever possible to get the fumes out of the room.

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