Refinishing Wood Floors

We love a good fall interior project. Refinishing hardwood floors can immediately transform your home.  With a little grit, determination, and planning you can tackle a wood floor refinishing project.

Ready to get started?! We typically allow 3-4 days or more for all floor finishing projects. The size of each space, the condition of the flooring prior to refinishing, and the correct tools will ensure a smooth project.

Prep – Prep your floors for sanding! Remove all carpet tacks, nails, furniture, kids toys, or pets from the space. We recommend removing all baseboards or taping them off to avoid any damage from sanding or staining.

Sanding –  All flooring projects require different levels of sanding. It is recommended to consult a professional regarding your flooring projects to identify the tools necessary to successfully complete your projects. After determining the best sanding option for your flooring project, remember to sand with the grain. We recommend starting with 50-60 grit sandpaper and progressing to an 80-100 grit after the initial finish is removed. Next, it’s time to bring out the edge sander. Also using a 60 grit sandpaper, go along the perimeter and sand the corners of each room before working yourself to the middle of the floor. Thorough sanding removes debris, stain, and imperfections without compromising the integrity of the flooring.

Cleaning – Remove all dust and debris from the sanded flooring and wipe clean. It is imperative that the floor is cleaned prior to staining to maximize adhesion of the stain to the wood. We like to use a shop vac to remove all debris that might be trapped in the floorboards or loose on the surface. If not properly removed the debris will show when the polyurethane coating is applied.

Grain Popping – Sometimes called water popping, this step is very important in the staining process. It’s the process of wetting the wood to raise the grain, opening the porous surface allowing the wood to absorb more stain. Simply take a damp cloth and lightly wet the wood evenly across the floor, raising the wood fibers so the stain goes deep into the wood for a nice finish. The wood should not be soaked, damp enough to prepare the grain.

Stain – It’s time to start staining! Using an oil-based stain, dip an applicator pad into the stain and apply it to the floor with the grain. We like to start in the corner of each room and work our way toward the door. Wipe and absorb all excess stain with a clean application pad! Allow the single coat of stain to dry at least 24 – 48 hours (or more based on humidity). After allowing the necessary time for the primary coat to dry, apply the second coat. You will find that this is where you will be able to control the depth of color.

Sealing –  After allowing the second coat to dry for approximately 24 hours, apply the first coat of Poly with a smooth, foam roller. This should be a thin coat! Let it cure for at least 2 hours

Buffing – Buff the floors with a 220 grit screen. After buffing, clean and wipe the floor then apply the second coat of poly! Repeat this process until you have applied 3 or 4 coats of polyurethane. After the application of polyurethane, your floors are complete.

Wood floor refinishing is a time-consuming process and requires extreme attention to detail. We’re always interested in hearing about your upcoming projects and would love to discuss how we can help with your refinishing project