How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

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Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home or office, and they’re a great choice for increasing the value of your property! However, these gorgeous floors are not immune from the daily wear and tear of life, and you might find that your hardwood floors can become worn over time.


How to Refinish Hardwoods


This project is not a quick fix, so be prepared to set aside enough time to properly restore your hardwood floors. You’ll need to remove the baseboards and shoe base moulding (the little piece of rounded moulding that covers where the floor meets the wall) before you get started. You’ll also want to check the spaces between planks and hammer in any nail heads. If the planks have widening gaps, your refinishing project just turned into a hardwood flooring replacement project. Solid hardwood floors should be at least three-quarters of an inch thick; if your floors are thinner than this, they are engineered hardwood floors and should only be refinished by a professional like us.

If you’re going to go the DIY route, you’ll need a sander that’s made for refinishing hardwoods, along with the correct grades of sandpaper. A handheld sander or belt sander will work great, or you can also rent an orbital sander. Be sure to pick up plastic sheeting to cover vents, light fixtures, doorways, and other spaces.

If you have questions about hardwood refinishing or repairs, contact our team online to speak with a professional! We’re always happy to make sure you have the information you need to make the best decision for your home and family, and we’ll be glad to show you your options. We’re also proud to offer an incredible selection of flooring, so if you’re interested in replacing or installing hardwood floors, the team at Flooring by Design can help you there, too. We have years of experience saving customers time and money by handling hardwood repairs or refinishing. Call us at 919-477-9849 for more information or to schedule a free consultation!

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Enter Sandman


Or sandwoman. Once you have supplies, it’s time to start sanding! Use the heaviest grit sandpaper you have for the project and move evenly across the floor in a straight line, working your way down the room. Vacuum up the dust when you’re finished and fill holes with wood filler.

Now it’s time for step two. Use the medium grit sandpaper and repeat the process, and then do the same with the fine grit sandpaper for step three.


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Staining and Sealing


Staining your floors is only required if you would like a different color in your home. If not, you can seal the floors following the instructions on the sealant and then finish your project with a coat of polyurethane.


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Professional Hardwood Refinishing Services


Refinishing hardwood floors is not a simple task. If you have questions or would like our team of experienced professionals at Flooring by Design to refinish your hardwood floors, just call us at 919-477-9849. Our fully licensed technicians can assess any hardwood floor damage, provide you with an incredible selection of staining options, and will always use a 3-coat finish with every project. Plus, we make the mess and we clean it up, so you don’t have to do a thing!

If you’re interested in having a professional on your side throughout the refinishing process, contact the team at Flooring by Design today. Want to see flooring options? Come see us at our flooring store in Durham or in Holly Springs.


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