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What tips for refinishing an old hardwood floor?

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Any sanding machine recommended?
Stain coloring, applying?
Polyurethane or other finish recommended?
Hope to refinish floors,any suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks.

Tape up plastic sheets to close off all the doorways leading into the room.
Tape plastic around all the heating vents and transitions to other floor surfaces in adjoining rooms.
Set any nails that are exposed and remove any metal grates or grilles from the floor.
The first sanding is not actually intended to resurface the wood, but rather to remove the existing finish. Install a 36-grit belt in the sander and start by moving forward toward the far wall, then turn and retrace the same path back, walking in the same direction as the wood grain. Keep the sander moving. If you rest the machine in one spot for too long, you’ll sand a groove in the floor

2 Responses to “What tips for refinishing an old hardwood floor?”

  1. katmontini Says:

    patience and mask the dust is not good for the body you will put in alot of hours and sweat but worth it.sand sand sand until you like the wook,(not to thin) then choose a stain notice the color will depend on how even you sand and how far . other finis is better waxing is better than resanding . once waxed . the upkeep is minimal .yet dusting weekly and mopping with mixture of vinager /water will keep shine. love hardwood.
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  2. Arthur G Says:

    Tape up plastic sheets to close off all the doorways leading into the room.
    Tape plastic around all the heating vents and transitions to other floor surfaces in adjoining rooms.
    Set any nails that are exposed and remove any metal grates or grilles from the floor.
    The first sanding is not actually intended to resurface the wood, but rather to remove the existing finish. Install a 36-grit belt in the sander and start by moving forward toward the far wall, then turn and retrace the same path back, walking in the same direction as the wood grain. Keep the sander moving. If you rest the machine in one spot for too long, you’ll sand a groove in the floor
    References :
    http://www.ciciliotandson.com/

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