Tips For Preparing Your Hardwood Floors For Refinishing

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Do you have hardwood floors that have seen better days that you want to refinish? If so, it will help to know the following tips to prepare your flooring for hardwood refinishing.

Remove The Baseboards

One of the first things you need to do is remove your baseboards. However, a common mistake people make is taking them off and not noting how they go back on. It helps to start along the north wall and go in a clockwise direction, and number the baseboards as they come off by writing on the back of them. This will help you put the baseboards back on in the correct order so that you do not have to guess how it is done. 

Remove The Old Carpet

The first step is going to be to remove any old carpeting. Rather than ripping the carpeting out haphazardly, it will help to know the best way to get this job done. Find out how much carpeting you can bundle up and throw away curbside with your trash collection. You will want to cut the carpet into strips and keep them bundled together. Then you can dispose of the carpet easily because it will be in manageable sections that are easy to throw away with the rest of your trash.

Remove All The Staples

Chances are that there were a lot of staples used to hold the carpeting and the padding down the ground. You are going to have to go over the surface of your floor and remove all of those staples that are still in the floor. This is especially true around the stairs, which can have a lot of staples used to keep the carpet wrapped around the edges of each stair. Be prepared for a lot of work using pliers and pulling each staple out. If you do not do this step, then you could ruin your sanding equipment. 

Seal Off Adjoining Rooms

Even if you use dustless sanding equipment, it is going to create some dust in the space. That is why you will want to use plastic to seal off the rooms that you are working in. Simply hanging some plastic from the top of the door frame and extending it to the floor will be enough to prevent those other rooms from getting dirty. 

To learn more about hardwood refinishing, contact a professional hardwood refinishing company in your area.

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Creating Gorgeous New Floors After tearing out all of the old carpet from our home, I realized that we needed something a little better. I began looking around at alternatives, and I found a really nice laminate that worked well with our budget and that looked really nice. I talked with the installers about putting it in, and they were more than happy to work with us. Within a few weeks, we had a new floor, and it made all the difference in the world. I decided that it would be fun to start an entire blog about flooring, so read more here if you have questions.