Restoring hardwood floors is a home improvement project that can definitely be tackled by the ambitious do-it-yourselfer, even if you have very little experience. Restoring hardwood floors will take patience, a good bit of time, and some specialized equipment, however, so it’s important that you take plenty of time to prepare yourself for the task ahead prior to jumping in to this restoration project.
Select Your Stain/Finish
Test it in an area on the floor and, if you like it, test it in several more places with different lighting! Be sure to sand down the existing finish with a rough square of sand paper before testing finishes, as this will have a significant difference in the look.
Prep the Floor
Clean the floors, removing any dust and debris. Replace any missing planks, hammer down any pieces that have come up with a rubber mallet, and use a wood filler to fill in any gaps. Gently hammer down and replace any nail heads that have come up, but be sure to use a nail kit so you do not create any additional damage to the floor. Remove any tack board from the edge of the room if there was carpet over the floors previously