Wooden floors can really spruce up the appearance of any room. They bring a touch of class, ethereal beauty and presence that is hard to ignore to any space. It’s no secret that in order to have great looking floors, you need to use high quality products and tools on those floors. When they are painted, polished and finished just right, wooden floors are very impressive. Obviously you plan on doing more than just admiring your floors; you plan to walk on them as well. In order to preserve their pristine appearance, there are some things you should know about the art of wood floor refinishing.
There are several ways you can test the finish on your floors to determine if they need to be refinished. First, you can pour a small amount of water onto a small area of your floor. If the water appears as beads, then your finish is fine. If the water that comes in contact with the floor seeps into it, then your floors are in need of refinishing. Another way you can determine whether your floor needs to be refinished is to examine it closely and look for any signs of warping and buckling, if these signs are present, your floors need to be refinished.
Floors that are located in high travel areas will get a worn appearance much faster than floors that are not used much. If you are simply looking for a way to put off the task of wood floor refinishing for a while, you may want to do something to reduce the amount of wear your floors are getting. You can use rugs and runners to help protect your floors.
When you are ready to apply staining to your wooden floors, you do not want to skimp on the amount of coats of polyurethane that you apply. It is a good idea to use at least three applications or coats of polyurethane on all of your floors. This is to be done before you put any staining on. You can choose to use a water based polyutherane or an oil based one. A water based polyurethane does not last as long as an oil base, it is not as toxic, odorless and dries very fast. An oil based polyurethane does have a smell, so you want to use proper ventilation and ensure better protection. It also needs to at least a day to dry before you apply any subsequent coats, as the finish it gives your wooden floors is much deeper and harder. If you are doing wood floor refinishing, you can always remove any old water based polyurethane with a paint stripper or paint remover. If you need to remove an oil base one, you will need to get out a sanding tool to remove the oil in the wood. The task of wood floor refinishing is not an easy one. You may want to consider hiring a professional company.