Using A Hardwood Floor Sander

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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 getrepparttar 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 applyrepparttar 143895 new finish. First you will apply a stain (if you want a stain Ė some folks like to leave their floors natural) and thenrepparttar 143896 finish to protectrepparttar 143897 floor. There are basically two types of floor finishes: one is oil-based andrepparttar 143898 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 letsrepparttar 143899 natural beauty ofrepparttar 143900 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 applyingrepparttar 143901 next. Followrepparttar 143902 manufacturers instructions onrepparttar 143903 finish before you occupyrepparttar 143904 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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Refinishing A Hardwood Floor

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You do need to be careful withrepparttar sander as it is self propelled. When you first start it up, make sure you hold on firmly. Donít be afraid ofrepparttar 143894 machine but make sure you maintain complete control. Relax, after a few spins, it may even start to seem like fun.

Afterrepparttar 143895 old finish is removed, you need to applyrepparttar 143896 stain and new finish. Think of this asrepparttar 143897 same as doing your nails Ė first you removerepparttar 143898 old finish, then basecoat, color and topcoat. Sometimes you donít want color on your nails so you skip that part. In your floor you might also skip that part (the stain) but you still want to use a finish to protectrepparttar 143899 floor.

When selecting a finish you can pick from an oil based or polyurethane (water based) finish. When selecting an oil based finish you will need to decide if you want a satin, gloss or semi gloss finish. Itís probably best for you to use satin on a hardwood floor as it will help hide any flaws inrepparttar 143900 wood and is much more pleasing then a bright shine Using oil based finish is better for wood floors as it casts a warm amber glow. Water based, onrepparttar 143901 other had dries quicker and resists yellowing.

No matter which you choose, you must let each coat dry before putting downrepparttar 143902 next coat. Think back torepparttar 143903 nail polish analogy! Followrepparttar 143904 manufacturers instructions onrepparttar 143905 finish before you occupyrepparttar 143906 room again. Usually you can move your furniture back in after about 24 hours.

As you can see,repparttar 143907 task of refinishing your floors need not be overwhelming. Think of it as giving your room a manicure. Take it one step at a time and use care inrepparttar 143908 process and you can have a great looking floor and save yourself almost $1000 to boot!

Lee Dobbins is a contributing writer for home improvement resources such as http://www.refinishing-hardwood-floors.com. Visit our site and see how you can refinish your hardwood floor: http://www.refinishing-hardwood-floors.com/Solid-Hardwood-Floor.html


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