Refinishing Pine Floors

July 18, 2008
refinishing pine floors

Refinishing old hardwood pine floors needs to be done after years of wear and tear. You can DIY it or hire it done. You have to make a few decisions before the project is done, so this article will help.

Hardwood pine floors can be found in older and newer homes, because of their great beauty and durability. There does come a time, however, where it will be necessary to think about refinishing your pine floors.

DIY Guide To Refinish Your Hardwood Pine Floor

Refinishing hardwood pine floors often sounds like more work than most people want to do, but it can be done by most do-it-yourselfers if you plan and prepare correctly. But it’s also a project you may want to leave to professionals. Education will help you make the decision and proceed on either path.

Start with educating yourself, as you are doing now. Books, websites, and magazine articles abound in how to refinish your hardwood floors. By reading all of the information you can find about refinishing pine floors, you can better understand the process and be more comfortable with it. This can net you added confidence in your endeavor as well. Read everything you can find about it, take notes, and make a plan. Then you are ready to move onto more physical endeavors, like choosing your tools and finish.

Tools And Preparation Needed For Refinishing Hardwood Pine Flooring

In any project, if you don’t have the right tools, it is that much harder to do the project well, much less completely and in a timely manner. Refinishing pine floors is no different. You need a floor sander and buffer and the finish of your choice, including sealant and/or stain. These supplies are the largest ones that you need, but you may need others, depending upon your room. Several different grades of sandpaper may be needed to help you get the smooth surface that your floors need.

Preparation for the room is an essential part of refinishing pine floorings. Refinishing any type of floor is messy and you don’t want the dust and debris to end up all over your home. By cordoning off this room from the rest of your home, with tape and plastic, you will help reduce most of the dust from spreading throughout your home. This can help you to keep the mess contained, so that you will only have to worry about one room at a time. Other things that you need to do to prepare the room include:

  • Countersink any nails that have worked their way up to keep them from damaging the sander.
  • Clean floors to remove as much of the dirt and debris as possible before beginning so you don’t scratch the pine.
  • After sanding, clean again, so that the finish will be even and beautiful.

Sanding is an important step you will want to be especially careful with, due to the softness of pine. Controlling the sander and your movements with it is critical to your satisfaction. If you aren’t careful you could oversand the floors in places, leaving them gouged and damaged. You want to make sure that you can handle the floor sander so that you can sand lightly and evenly, keeping the beauty of the floors intact. This may be the most stressful part of refinishing pine flooring, but if it is done right, it can make your floors beautiful.

Choosing the right finishes is also important. If you want the natural pine to shine through don’t apply a stain. But if you want to create a certain look, match wood tones or want to add a healthy glow to the pine floors, stain is important. Sealing with at least two coats of sealant is important to keep the floors looking great so you don’t have to go through this effort again any time soon.

I am biased towards low VOC stains and sealants because it’s better for the environment and your health. Most low VOC products use less petroleum products, if any at all, thereby reducing our reliance on oil — especially foreign oil.

Refinishing hardwood pine floors can help to give them new life, whether you do it yourself or you pay to have a professional do them. Adding new life to old floors is a great way to make your home more beautiful and inviting, as well as add value to your home.

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