If you have hardwood floors in your home, you are most likely enjoying the beauty they provide as you walk through each room. The surface of hardwood flooring becomes a bit lackluster from regular wear and tear over time. This can be improved by refinishing your flooring so it appears new and shiny once again. Here are some instructions for you to follow when refinishing your wood floors on your own.

Preparing For The Process

Take all furniture out of the rooms where you intend on refinishing the flooring so you have an unobstructed area in which to work. This will also save your items from getting a layer of sawdust on them during the process. If you have a closet in the area, keep the door closed and put a door snake up against the bottom of the exterior of the door so dust does not make its way inside. 

Remove the baseboard by prying it from the wall and floor with a crowbar. Vacuum the floor completely before starting the refinishing process so dirt particles do not scratch the surface of your flooring while you sand.

Sanding Your Hardwood Floor

A tool rental service or hardware store will be able to rent you a drum sander to be used to do this project. It is best to practice on a piece of lumber away from your floor first so you become accustomed to the feel of the machine and the amount of pressure you should apply to get an even sanding. After practicing, start sanding your room using a piece of coarse-grit sandpaper. 

Start in the middle of the room and sand with the grain of the wood, moving in a straight line from one side of the room to the other. When you get to the wall, lift the drum sander and place it so the edge of the machine is centered over the area you had just centered. This allows it to sand with a two or three-inch overlap as you make the next pass to the other side of the room. 

Continue overlapping as you sand from one side of the room to the other. When the entire room has been sanded, switch to a medium-grit sandpaper and repeat. Finish with a fine-grit sandpaper for a smooth finish. Corners and edges of the room will need to be sanded by hand, starting with coarse-grit sandpaper and finishing with fine-grit sandpaper.

Finishing The Look

After you have sanded the entire room, add stain if you wish to give the floor a bit of character. This can be applied using a paintbrush. Sop up any excess moisture with a clean piece of cloth as you stain. Allow the stain to thoroughly dry between coats. Finish with a clear-coat sealant to give the room a pristine shine. When this has dried, replace your molding and personal items.

For professional advice or assistance, check out websites like http://www.carrollfloor.com.