How to Restore Floorboards

Written by hubert oresco | 13/05/2017
How to Restore Floorboards
Restoring floorboards will ensure they last for a long time. (hardwood floor texture image by GoodMood Photo from Fotolia.com)

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.

Things you need

  • Vibrating sander

  • 60-grit sandpaper

  • 80-grit sandpaper

  • 100-grit sandpaper

  • Stain

  • Polyurethane

  • Cloth

  • Lamb's wool applicator

  • Foam applicator

  • Orbital sander

  • Broom

  • Vacuum

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

  • Work with the grain of the floorboards.

Warnings

  • Work in a well-ventilated area' Use eye and hand protection when sanding and staining.

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.

Things you need

  • Vibrating sander
  • 60-grit sandpaper
  • 80-grit sandpaper
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Cloth
  • Lamb's wool applicator
  • Foam applicator
  • Orbital sander
  • Broom
  • Vacuum

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