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How do you get the stuff out of the cracks when refinishing hardwood floors?

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I am sanding down and redoing my hardwood floors. How do i get the junk out of the cracks that has accumulated over the years? And any tips or tricks for refinishing hardwood floors?

Use toothpicks and a vacuum to get the mess out. The toothpicks are soft enough that they should not damage the wood the way a metal tool might. Be careful with the sander. It is easy to sand gouges in the wood.

6 Responses to “How do you get the stuff out of the cracks when refinishing hardwood floors?”

  1. roadrunnerjim Says:

    you might want to try a vacuum to suck out all the cracks. depending on the size of your room, rent a professional sander from the rental store. If you have a lot of material to remove, work at a 45 degree angle on the first pass, then with the grain on the rest of the passes until the floors are where you want them.
    Have fun smelling the fresh wood!!!!
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  2. Sparky Says:

    Use toothpicks and a vacuum to get the mess out. The toothpicks are soft enough that they should not damage the wood the way a metal tool might. Be careful with the sander. It is easy to sand gouges in the wood.
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  3. its_me_tink292 Says:

    I am not sure where you live but I know that home depot does Hardwood floor classes that gives you all the information u need to know to do them. My brother just did his whole house and they came out real nice. I will be doing mine real soon too.
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  4. James M Says:

    Ive used a long 36 inch straight edge onto which is glued a sticky rubber surface. The rubber I’m referring to is the same that’s used to hold a board while using a power router on it. Available at hardware stores. Hold that straight edge down tightly onto the floor itself and directly over the groove.

    With that tool, I can lay it directly on the crack and take a sharp awl and scrape out the groove. You will find out that without that rubber the straight edge will slide around so that is a must to make a good tool.
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  5. Papacito Says:

    You fill the cracks with putty before you do a final sand. Then stain and finish.
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  6. Mike G Says:

    Vacuum.
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