Wooden floorboards can suffer a great deal of wear and tear from shoes, furniture, heat, moisture and pets. Restoring floorboards is a sure way to revitalise their look and protect them for many more years of use. By sanding floorboards clean of the worn finish and applying a new coat of stain and finish, you can restore your floorboards to their original beauty.
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Things you need
- Vibrating sander
- 60-grit sandpaper
- 80-grit sandpaper
- 100-grit sandpaper
- Lamb's wool applicator
- Foam applicator
- Orbital sander
Clean the floorboards of grit and dust with the broom and vacuum.
Sand the floorboards with the vibrating sander and 60-grit sandpaper to remove the worn finish. Vacuum the floorboards clean and sand them again with 80-grit sandpaper. Clean the floorboards with the vacuum and sand them again with 100-grit sandpaper. Vacuum up sawdust before proceeding.
Sand areas of the floorboards that the vibrating sander did not reach, like edges and corners, with the orbital sander and 80-grit sandpaper. Vacuum the floorboards clean of sawdust.
Stain the floorboards with wood stain using a foam applicator. Apply in a manageable area and allow the stain to absorb into the wood before wiping off excess with a clean cloth. Allow the stain to dry.
Apply a thin, smooth coat of polyurethane to the floorboards with a lamb's wool applicator. Apply with long strokes to avoid creating bubbles in the finish. Allow the polyurethane to completely dry.
Tips and warnings
- Work with the grain of the floorboards.
- Work in a well-ventilated area'
- Use eye and hand protection when sanding and staining.
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