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How To Recoat Hardwood Floors without Damaging the Stain

 

How To "Top Dress" Hardwood Floors

 
The natural beauty of wood floors make any room in your home look special.
 
The appeal comes from nature ... darker wood grain contrasting against the lighter wood body.
 
Traditionally, wood floors were clear coated with oil-based polyurethane.
 
Over time these oil-based products absorb light and begin turning yellow ... diminishing the overall appearance of the wood.
 
When this happens, it is time to "Top Dress" the floor which re-coats the polyurethane without damaging the stain.
 
HOW TO:
The initial step is to "screen" or sand the existing top coat.
 
I prefer Tool Rental's rectangular box sander and a 150- or 220-screen.
 
Several passes will remove the yellowing clear coat without damaging the stain.
 
This leaves a buff sanded floor.
 
Wear shoe covers and make numerous passes with a shop vac to remove visible sanding dust.
 
Use only a tablespoon of Murphy's Oil in a gallon of hot water and a new sponge mop to remove additional sanding dust.
 
Do this twice, changing to fresh solution before the second cleaning.
 
Allow the floor to completely dry and use a dry terry towel to wipe the entire floor one more time; change towels often.
 
Use long, flowing strokes with a natural bristle brush to apply MinWax Polyurethane (satin, semi-gloss, or gloss).
The red band on the label says "Professional Formula" but my favorite label line says, "No Sanding Between Coats."
 
When you read the detail, this product requires that you buff sand the existing floor before the first coat of poly, but you can apply subsequent coats between the fourth hour and the twelfth hour without sanding.
 
And the results speak for them self ... beautiful natural hardwoods, replenished and protected for years to come.
 
Your family and friends will gasp WOW!
 
And then ask, How?
 
NOTE:
Before moving furniture onto your newly top dressed floors, be sure to add new felt feet.
 
WHICH BRUSH?
View our How-to video on choosing the right paint brush.
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Posted 2015-04-16T20:52:35+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL Pat_HD_ATL
 
 

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