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*Ease of job on scale where 1= easy and 5= hard: I’d say a 2.*Time: We sanded 450 square feet in less than 2 days with plenty of rest time. Three coats of Polyurethane took another 2 days because we allowed plenty of dry time.
*What you will need to refinish wood floors:
- Professional sander with dust collector
- Sanding disks in 2-3 different grits
- dust pan
- dust mop (which I will use again for dusting and damp mopping)
- dust rags
- dust mask
- hammer to remove carpet tack boards any errant nails
- nail set to push nails below surface that can’t be removed
- pliers to pull carpet staples
- wood filler
- Floor sealer, we used water based Water base Polyurethane Clear Gloss
- Paint brushes, long handled sponge roller
The most difficult part of refinishing the wood floors is the prep. There are a lot of nails that we can only guess were added to reduce squeaky sounds or something. Any way hubs had to use a nail set to push each nail below the top and use wood filler to make them even with the floor again. He tinted the filler using some brown dye because we were going for a natural finish and not using stain. I was worried about that but it worked out just fine.
We rented a floor sander and a smaller sander to take the floor down to bare wood right up to the baseboards. Hubs sanded with the grain in several passes with the machines starting with a rough grit to remove the old varnish and ending with a fine grit to make the wood smoother.
I spent a couple of hours cleaning and wiping up every spec of dust before hubs rolled on the sealant. He tried a squeegee type of spreader first but felt it was not going on evenly. A long handled sponge roller was recommended by the hardware store clerk and worked pretty well. We chose a water base Polyurethane for several reasons.
- less water staining
- faster dry time
- less odor
- soap and water clean up