How to Refinish Wood Floors

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

Nationwide provided me with information regarding its blog post. The Art and Craft of Refinishing a Wood Floors

Wood floors are gorgeous when well-maintained. They can last for years with proper care which includes refinishing them when they have worn out. A nice finish will protect your wood floors from water damage, scuffs, and regular wear and tear.

Every 10 Years

Check for wear and tear on your hardwood floors. Experts suggest that floors should be refinished approximately every 10 years or so. Look at the wear on the surface above the tongue and groove portion of the plank. (You may have to remove a baseboard to see this.)

Start with Sanding

If your flooring is only lightly scratched, you can start with 150 grit sandpaper to provide a good surface for the new finish to adhere to. For flooring with deep scratches you’ll need to sand down to the bare wood and remove any of the existing finish.

To sand the wood floors, you’ll need a drum sander which you can rent at your local hardware store.


Staining and Sealing

After sanding, remove every bit of dust off the floor by sweeping and vacuuming the floors. The final step is to stain and seal the floor. Water-based polyurethanes are a great choice for a finish.

Give yourself enough time to properly refinish your wood floors. The pros can take up to a week to refinish a small home, which ensures the best quality results. If you do the job yourself, it can take even longer.

Check out Nationwide’s blog for more information about refinishing your wood floors and more great DIY projects.

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