Refinishing your hardwood floor will basically change the look and feel of the entire room. However, you cannot simply put a new stain on your existing floor. First, you need to strip it with chemicals and power sanders to remove the old stains. This means you will have to remove the top layer of the wood to expose the raw wood beneath. Starting from scratch like this is the best way to restain your floors. Stripping hardwood can be a tedious and exhausting project. This article will explain how to strip floors with minimal fuss.
Using Stripping Agents and Chemicals
You should be aware that floor stripping chemicals are toxic. They have very strong odor and can make you sick if you breathe them in for too long. When using the chemicals it is a good idea have all the windows open and keep the air circulating with fans if possible. You should also wear an insulation mask, gloves and goggles to protect your skin and eyes. Most of these chemicals take a couple hours to work. Spread them onto your floor with a rag, making sure you penetrate the entire surface. Then, let the chemicals go to work for however long the instructions suggest.
Some people mistakenly think that the stain will peel right off of the floor with the help of the stripping chemicals. However, you will still need to do a little bit of scraping and scrubbing to get the floor completely clean. First, try a basic household cleaning scrub brush. If this does not work, you can use a wire scrub brush, but you want to be careful to not scratch the floor. Don't be too concerned if you cannot scrape away all of the old stain.
Sanding the Floor
The final step in preparing your floor is to sand it. During the sanding process you can remove any remaining spots of stain on your floor. If you have a handheld vibrating or disc sander, you can get the job done. But, if you are refinishing a large floor, you should rent a drum sander. A drum sander is much larger and will make the job go by much more quickly. Also, you will not need to bend over because a drum sander designed like a lawnmower. You simply push it along floor as it sands away.
After the floor is completely sanded, you can move forward with applying the new stain. The actual staining will be much easier and less intense than the sanding process.