Refinihsing Your Hardwood Flooring? Don't Make These Costly Mistakes

Hardwood flooring has been a popular flooring choice for a lot of years simply due to its durability and longevity. As an added bonus, hardwood floors can always be refinished when they start to lose their luster. If you are fairly handy with a sander and have a little experience with wood finishing, you may be tempted to tackle a wood floor refinishing project on your own. While this is one home project that most people can do it is not an easy project by any measure, and there is a lot of room for error. Here is a look at some of the most costly mistakes you should work to avoid if you plan to refinish your own hardwood flooring. 

Mistake: Not renting or using a flooring sander.

Why? If there is one hard part about refinishing a wood floor, it is removing the old finish thoroughly enough. If you have a regular belt sander in your garage, you may think this will suffice. However, completely sanding the floor so that it will accept a new finish will mean several passes to get the top layers removed, and this is not something you want to try to tackle with some form of a hand-held sander. A floor sander is usually a piece of equipment you can rent by the day and will do a much better job of removing the finish like you need to without hours of work on your knees.

Mistake: Not using wood putty to fill in deep scratches and damages. 

Why? Deep scratches and pitting in pieces of your hardwood floor can completely compromise the newly finished look if they are not properly handled. Complete your sanding efforts first, and then look for deep pits and scars that need to be filled. Fill these areas with quality wood putty that is stainable and matches the natural tone of the unfinished wood. Keep in mind, once you have used the wood filler, you will have to allow it to completely dry and then sand the area again. 

Mistake: Using the wrong type of stain. 

Why? For most homeowners, the fun part of the refinishing process begins when they get to choose the new stain color for their flooring. Before you go out and invest in a large amount of a particular color, you should test a small, inconspicuous area with the stain to ensure the color will be what you want. Different wood will produce different color results, no matter what color the stain may be. 

For the best results, consider hiring a floor refinishing company like Cooper Floors.