How to Refinish Engineered Wood Floors How to Refinish Engineered Wood Floors

What You'll Need
Floor fan
Hammer
Orbital Floor Sander
Buffer
Soap and Water
Bucket
Mop
Glossy stain

Engineered wood floors look like hardwood flooring but are actually plywood with a wood veneer and other materials. The engineering process makes the floor sturdier than a natural wood floor and a little harder to refinish it. The following gives you some ideas how to refinish this type of flooring.

Step 1 - Getting Started

Make sure the room is well ventilated when you are using the stain. Open a window, bring in a floor fan. Then, remove any trim around the edges of the hardwood floor. If you see and nail heads you will need to hammer them down so the floor is nice and smooth.

Step 2 - Sand the Floor

Use an orbital floor sander. These type of sanders can be found at your local tool rental place. Use sandpaper which has about a 60 grit. The corners of the room are the place to start you sanding. Use the sander with short strokes and the direction that the floor boards were originally laid. Replace the sandpaper when the grit of the sandpaper becomes smooth. You will see that the shine will fade and the color of the floor is gone and you will start to see the bare wood of the floor. 

Once you have done this you will need to go back over the floor areas that have stain still on them. Try and sand down to the bare wood. 

Step 3 - Clean the Floor

Clean the floor of all the dust and debris. Use rubbers gloves when you are ready to start the staining. Begin at a wall and stain the floor in one section at a time. Apply the stain on the floor in the direction of the grain of the wood.

You should give the stain at least up to two minutes to soak into the wood. When the time is up, wipe the excess stain off with paper towels. Once you have finished staining the entire floor you should let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 4 - Apply Floor Gloss and Buff

Once the stain has dried you are ready to apply the floor gloss. Once you have mixed the floor gloss well you can brush it on very gently. You don’t want and bubbles to form while you are doing this. Let this gloss dry another 24 hours.

Now that the gloss is dry you will want to buff the entire area to make the gloss look a little duller and on the milky side.  Use 220-grit sandpaper, fold it in thirds and buff the entire area. Once you have buffed the floor you will then clean the floor of all the dust and then apply another coat of the gloss. Wait another 24 hours.

Repeat the sanding and buffing a third time and then apply another coat of gloss. This should finish your project. Re-apply a second coat of gloss in the same way as the first. Repeat the entire process one more time, for a third coat.

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