How to refresh old hardwood floors without sanding

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How to refresh old hardwood floors without sanding
Screen your hardwood floors to give them new life. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

An old wood floor that needs a little something but not necessarily a full sanding and new stain may be a good candidate for screening. Screening is the process of taking off just the gloss topcoat of a floor without sanding. Once the old gloss is off, new gloss can be added that will protect and beautify the floor.

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Things you need

  • Floor buffer
  • Floor screening disks -- medium, fine and extra-fine abrasion
  • Vacuum
  • Polyurethane floor gloss
  • Finishing paint brushes

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  1. 1

    Load the floor buffer with a medium screening disk. Run it over the whole floor, moving in the direction of the boards, so it takes the top layer of shine off the floor. Work your way across the whole floor.

  2. 2

    Remove the sanding dust with a vacuum cleaner.

  3. 3

    Reload the buffer with a fine-abrasion screening disk. Screen the floor as before, getting the surface smooth and flat. Vacuum up the dust.

  4. 4

    Brush polyurethane gloss onto the screened surface, using a finishing paintbrush. Start in the far corner of the room, away from the doorway. Brush on a smooth, thin coat, working in the direction of the floorboards. Do the whole floor.

  5. 5

    Let the polyurethane set for six to eight hours. Go over the dried gloss with your buffer and extra-fine screening pad, which should do nothing more than slightly dull the shine.

  6. 6

    Brush on a second coat of polyurethane. Let it dry. Go over it with the buffer, then brush on a third coat. Let it dry for 48 hours.

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