If you are a homeowner who has a limited budget, you shouldn't be too discouraged. Even if you have a list of home remodel projects that you want to invest in, you probably won't be able to afford them all at once. Luckily, there are several easy, DIY home upgrade that can have a great impact on your property style, functionality, and overall value. Refinishing your floors is one of the most effective DIY projects. It is an ambitious project, but one that can completely change the look of your hardwood. This article explains the best way to refinish hardwood floors.
Removing the Old Stain
The hardest part of the entire job is usually getting your old stain off of the floor. This part of the work is definitely the most physically demanding. In general, there are two ways to go about it. You can either sand off a majority of the stain using a handheld power sander or use a standup drum sander. Obviously, you will probably need to rent a drum sander, but it might be worth it if you have a lot of square footage to sand. On the other hand, handheld sanders might be quicker if you have several of them going at once, with a few people helping.
The key to sanding and is making sure you get all of the old stain off of the floor, and that you leave behind a uniform finish. That is, not only do you want to use the same sandpaper grit throughout the entire floor, you also want to be sure that you apply the same amount of pressure while actually sanding.
Clean Before Staining
The final step, before you actually start staining, is to clean the floor. Wipe down the entire service with a slightly damp rag so you soak up all of the sawdust.
Applying the New Stain
Applying your actual stain shouldn't be that difficult, but the job can be tiring because you need to be down on your hands and knees while doing it. Consider wearing a pair of soft kneepads for a little more comfort and less stress on your back.
You also need to be strategic about how you stain. Start in one corner, and move toward the opposite corner. It is a good idea to end near a doorway, so you don't have to walk or climb over the section of your floor that you just stained.
Staining hardwood is easy, if you do the necessary prep work and create a uniform surface. Contact a company like JC James Remodeling for more information and assistance.