When moving into a new home, you may want to take a peek under any carpeted or tiled room to see if you’ve got any natural hardwood underneath. It may not be in the best condition, but there is a way to refinish with some woodworking work it if you’ve got the time and effort to spare. It’s a lot cheaper than having everything ripped up and replaced if you are looking for a new and beautiful hardwood floor.
For starters, if you discover the hardwood floor in a room where you would like it to be, then pull up all of the carpet or tile that is covering it. It will take a lot of elbow grease and strength to get everything pulled up. Use a scraper or a carpenter’s knife, but try doing it without scuffing up the floor.
There is usually a thick layer of adhesive above the wood floor. To get rid of it, you will need to sand it off. Depending on the size of the room, you may need to rent an orbital sander. Before doing that, make sure you pull up any nails or staples that were used to pin down the carpet. If these aren’t removed, they can cause damage to a sander.
It will definitely take a lot of hard work to get everything sanded off smooth, but the result is often rewarding. You can also try a few chemicals if the gunk is piled up too high, such as a wax stripper or acetone. After everything is smoothed out, fill any holes or scuffs with a quality wood filler of the same color as the wood floor. After it dries, grab some sandpaper and smooth the filled parts out even.
Once sanding has been completed, sweep up as mush of the sanded wood as you can, and then take a damp rag to wipe up the rest of it. When it all dries, take a rag coated with resin and wipe the floor over again. After the resin has dried, pick up some polyurethane from your local hardware store and apply three coats of it over your floor. Be careful not to smoke or have any fire around the chemicals, as they are highly flammable.