Refinish Your Wood Floors
Uncover the beauty in old hardwood flooring with a little patience and some great professional advice.
Synopsis: The ingredients needed to refinish a hardwood floor are straightforward: just a single coat of stain over a carefully sanded surface, a coat of sealer to lock in the stain, and two coats of polyurethane to provide the wear layer. But the job also requires the right tools used in the right sequence, and it demands as much patience as it does skill. Author Brent Kelosky explains his process for refinishing a wood floor, including how to handle damaged areas.
Although my company does all types of flooring installations, our bread and butter has always been refinishing worn hardwood. Our goal is to uncover the beauty under the decrepit surface of the floor, which involves no small amount of labor. When we arrived on-site for the job shown here, the wall-to-wall carpeting had already been removed, revealing 750 sq. ft. of severely worn red-oak flooring that appeared original…