Skip The Sanding & Refinish Your Hardwood Floors In A Single Day

Many homeowner's avoid refinishing their hardwood floors because want to undergo a multiple day project that involves sanding and creating a ton of dust. However, it is possible to skip the sanding and refinish your hardwood floors in a single day using a chemical etching technique. It's a fast and affordable way to refinish your hardwood floors.

Purchase The Right Supplies

The first thing you will need to do is locate and purchase a chemical etching kit. These kits come with liquid etcher and with a urethane finish. Generally, these kits come with applicator blocks and pads. Most home improvement stores sell these kits.

You will also need:

  • Sponge Mop
  • Broom Handle
  • Polyester Brush
  • Painter's Tape
  • Shoe Covers
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Pad
  • Bucket
  • Rags

Prepare The Floor & Room

The first thing you are going to need to do is get your hardwood floor ready. You are going to need to remove all furniture and rugs from the room that you want to refinish.

Next, you need to clean the floor and the room. Your overall goal is to reduce the amount of dust in the air as the dust can settle into your finish and ruin the polished look you are trying to achieve.

You'll want to start by limiting air movement in the room you will be refinishing. That means you need to turn off the ceiling fan and close the windows. Turn off any air conditioner or heaters in the room, and cover up the ducts.

After you have done that, you'll want to vacuum and clean from top to bottom. Wipe down curtains, windowsills, walls and baseboards with a damp rag to remove dust. Finally, vacuum the floor and then mop it.

Apply The Etching

Now you need to apply the etching. Put a paint tray inside of a shallow cardboard box in order to catch any spills and fill with the etching solution. Attach the abrasive pad that came in the kit to the applicator block and screw in a broom handle.

Dig the pad in the etcher. Push the pad against the tray to remove any excess liquid. Then, starting in one corner of the room, apply the etching in the direction of the grain. You will need to push down firmly on the etcher and scrub a little bit. You should rough up your floor a little bit.

Work on small sections at a time, and dab away the etcher after you have finished scrubbing it in; you don't have to remove all of it, but try to dab away most of it.

Let the floor dry before proceeding to the next step. While the floor is drying, rinse out the tray and the pad.

Mop The Floor

Mix a little dash of dish soap with some warm water. Put on some shoe covers and give the damp-mop the entire floor. This will remove any residue left from applying the etching solution. You don't need to get your floor sopping wet; just damp enough to remove any remaining etcher and any lingering dust. Once again, let the floor dry before proceeding to the next step.

Apply The Finish

Prepare all of your supplies in advance because urethane finishes dry really quickly. Once you lay it down, you only have a few minutes to spread it out before the finish becomes gummy. You may want someone to assist you with this step.

Rinse the applicator pads, brushes and paint pads in water and dry them so that are just a little damp. This will make them easier to use. Pour the finish into your paint tray and have all your brushed and applicator pads nearby.

Have the person who is helping you start by applying the finish to the baseboards. A paint pad works great for this job. Then, follow behind with the applicator pad and apply the finish in as few strokes as possible to the floor right next to the baseboards. Try to apply it with one steady pull. Start your next pull so that it overlaps the first one. 

Try to keep the applicator pad damp as you work; if it becomes dry, you'll end up with streaks. Once your partner finished up the baseboards, have them follow behind you to smooth out any puddles or drips.

If your floors are not that worn down, one coat should do. If you are applying the finish in a heavy traffic area, you may need to apply two coats.

Once the coats are applied, let everything dry for at least a day to be on the safe side before you start walking on your newly finished floors.

To learn more, contact a hardwood flooring company like Surplus Sales.