Nothing Beats The Elegance of Hardwood
Hardwood floor has been considered the most elegant and refined floor surface for centuries now and it certainly is timeless when it comes to quality and beauty.
Wood secures durability, but it also gives certain luxury and character to any home.
However, as with all things of beauty and grace, this one also need some grooming and tending to, but the results are always worth the effort.
Regular Maintenance Of This Sensitive Floor Type
What is essential when it comes to hardwood floor is that the worst thing that can happen to it is water. So, whatever you do, try to keep it dry at all times. This means that your regular maintenance of the floor will be based on brush or dry cloth and occasional vacuuming with an appropriate cleaner.
Give Your Floor A Makeover
There is no clear answer as to when is the right time to go in the procedure of refreshing your floors.
Certain age marks only make your hardwood look more interesting, but there is naturally a moment when you look at it and know that it needs to retrieve its old glow. When this time comes, clear out your schedule for a day and go through the 3-steps-procedure:
- Sanding – the first step basically means using sandpaper on the floor so that it evens out the wood and its minor imperfections. It is best to combine hand-sanding for edges and a sanding machine for the whole floor (they can be rented). Before sanding, the floor needs to be clean, but mostly importantly, vacuum up thoroughly afterwards and try using also a cheesecloth made for this purpose because the impeccable floor is essential for the next step to go right.
- Staining – step two of the process is applying the stain on top by using a brush and leaving it to dry, or reapplying it several times depending on the nuance we wish to achieve. The stain is basically paint that refreshes the color of the wood. Here it is necessary that you know your wood well so that you pick the right stain. After the last coat of stain is no longer tacky, clean the floor with a rag so that it is ready for step three.
- Refinishing – the last step gives the final touch to the floor appearance and provides its surface with protection. It is usually a polyurethane coating that provides durable finish that is resistant to water. Use a light handed roller for application and do a bit of sanding after each coat of polyurethane you apply (and don’t forget to clean after each sanding). It can take up to 24 hours for this last coat to dry.
There will definitely be a lot of airborne dust as a result of the sanding process, as well as fumes coming from staining and refinishing, so make sure to a wear a dust mask (while sanding), a vapor respirator (while applying stain and finish), as well as gloves and eye protection.
Also, open all windows for ventilation.
While placing the last coats of stain and finish, think about the fact that you need to exit the room, so do it wisely and try not to step on the newly refinished floor. Good luck!