How to Refinish Douglas Fir Flooring

What You'll Need
Plastic sheets

Douglas fir flooring is a very durable type of hardwood flooring. However, in some cases, it can be scratched and start to look a little bit old. In this case, you are going to want to refinish the floor. Here are the basics of how to refinish Douglas fir flooring successfully.

Step 1: Prepare the Room

Before you can start installing, you need to make sure that you prepare the room. You should remove any personal belongings from the room because it is going to get very dusty. The dust can get down in electronic equipment and ruin it. You will also want to make sure that you put plastic sheets over the doorways so that the dust cannot get into other areas of the house.

Step 2: Sand

You will then want to begin sanding the floor. For this part of the process, you want to be sure to take your time and avoid rushing. If you get going too fast, you can lose control of the sander and start to cause ruts in the floor. These can be extremely hard to fix afterward. Start with a low grit sandpaper and work up to a larger one so that you can get a very fine finish on the wood. 

Step 3: Clean up

After you have completely sanded the wood, you will need to clean up the mess. In most cases, there is going to be dust all over the place. You will need to use your broom and your vacuum to remove this dust. You need to make sure that all of the dust is thoroughly removed from the surface of the flooring. Otherwise, when you start finishing the floor, it is going to get stuck underneath. This will allow you to see the dust and will make it look unprofessional.

Step 4: Stain

After you have cleaned all of the dust out of the room, you can begin staining the floor. When you do this, you will want to make sure that the room is well ventilated. Open the windows and turn on a fan if possible. You can apply the stain with a brush or with a rag. Make sure that the stain is applied evenly to the entire area. You will want to allow the stain plenty of time to dry. You might even want to consider putting another coat of stain on top of the first just to make sure that everything looks good.

Step 5: Finish

Once the stain is completely dry, you can begin putting a finish coat on top of that. When you are working with polyurethane, you will want to make sure that you do not breathe in the fumes, as they can be very dangerous. Apply the polyurethane to the floor and then let it dry. Apply a second coat and let it dry before you start using the Douglas fir flooring again.