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The sander is a self propelling machine so it is easy to move, but you do need to keep in control of it at all times. Retain a firm grip on it when you power it up and you will get hang of it after a few passes. You might even think itís fun!
Once you have removed to old finish by sanding, of course, you will need to apply new finish. First you will apply a stain (if you want a stain Ė some folks like to leave their floors natural) and then finish to protect floor. There are basically two types of floor finishes: one is oil-based and other is water-based polyurethane. Furthermore, oil is broken down into a semi-gloss, gloss or satin. Satin is a good choice for a hardwood floor because it hides small flaws and lets natural beauty of wood show without a bright shine. An oil based finish will give your floor a warm amber glow. A water based finish will dry quicker and keep from yellowing.
Make sure you let each coat thoroughly dry before applying next. Follow manufacturers instructions on finish before you occupy room again. Usually you can move your furniture back in after about 24 hours.
Donít be overwhelmed. Just take it one step at a time and youíll soon have a beautiful new hardwood floor.
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