Wood floors add warmth and a touch of cozy to a home. However, after years of use, your floors can lose their original luster and make the entire house seem dull and uninviting. Fortunately, with some creativity and a little bit of time, you can give your wood floors a new lease of life.
Read on to find out how to transform your wood floors from dingy to dapper.
1. Revive Unsightly Floors With Paint
Whether you have moved into a new house with less-than-attractive wood floors or you simply want to change the look of your old floors, consider a splash of paint. Painting, like sanding, is not a project for the faint-hearted, but it can be a relatively inexpensive way to transform the overall ambiance of your home.
Experts recommend selecting a modest paint color if this is your first time painting wood floors. Neutrals such as whites and grays are easier to correct if you do not like the outcome the first time around.
Given that most wood floors have a lacquer or oil-based top layer, you will need a sanding machine, such as an orbit sander, to remove this top patina before painting.
2. Buff Scratched Floors
Over time, cleaning and natural wear can leave scratches on your wooden floor. If your floors are still in good condition and you do not want to change the color, consider buffing. Buffing entails applying a layer of polyurethane to hide scratches and smooth out the floor's patina. After buffing, apply a fresh coat of lacquer finish for a shiny like-new floor.
The process of buffing and applying a new coat of finish will work best for floors that do not have a waxed surface. For a professional outcome, rent a buffer machine for your project. A buffer typically consists of a large rotating pad that applies a smooth finish on wood floors.
3. Refinish Old Floors With Sanding
Experts recommend sanding hardwood floors every five to ten years. Sanding can be a labor-intensive method of reviving your floors, but the results are worth the amount of work. Opt for sanding if your floors are relatively damaged from years of neglect. Sanding is also an inexpensive alternative to completely removing and replacing your wood floors.
Sanding will shave off a thin layer from your wood floors. Before you begin, ensure that your floor is thick enough to withstand a sanding session without damaging the floor's underlying structure. The process essentially entails thoroughly vacuuming the floors, sanding, and applying a top coat. Before applying the finishing coat, consider staining to give your sanded floors an attractive color.
To complete a sanding project, you will need a floor sander, a floor edger, and a floor polisher. Floor sanders are available in many different types. If you are unsure about the most appropriate one to rent, ask your equipment vendor for recommendations.
Here are a few things to consider when renting a floor sander:
- Speed: Ask your vendor about the sander's rotation per minute. Ideally, the machine should have a consistent speed, as opposed to a varied speed, to ensure even sanding.
- Ease of Use: Inquire about the machine's features, such as dust collection capabilities, lever controls, and tilt action, among others, all of which allow you to maneuver the sander easily.
- Size: Find out about the width of the sanding drum or disk. Opt for a floor sander with a wide width to cover larger areas of the floor.
Wood floors are incredibly versatile and unless yours are irredeemably damaged, a few inexpensive hacks can help you to restore your floor to its former glory. For the best outcome, be sure to rent your flooring equipment from a reputable vendor.
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