Maple engineered hardwood can last a very long time your home. With time even the strongest look will fade and damage. It is not necessary to replace your floor if you find it has become dull and dinged with time. You can refinish the surface and restore the original beauty of your maple floor.
Step 1 - Wood Depth
When working with engineered wood you have to know the depth of the veneer that you have. A very thin layer is all that stands between the beauty of a hardwood floor and the engineering that strengthens, but does not beautify the wood floor in your home.
Step 2 - Prepare Floor for Finish Removal
Attach a fine grit sandpaper pad on the sanding machine and run it smoothly over the floor. Do not hold the sander in one place while running because it will damage the integrity of the surface. Replace pad with a soft buffing material to remove the dust from sanding when finished sanding. Use a wet mop to further remove any residual dust that was left behind by buffing. Let the floor dry for 1 hour or so after mopping.
Step 3 - Staining the Floor
When finishing a floor a great rule of thumb is to start in the corner furthest from the door. In this way you will keep your exit free and will not find yourself caught in a corner. Working in 3 foot sections apply the stain on the floor per manufacturer's instructions. Let the stain soak into the wood long enough to get the desired shade of maple you wish. Wipe the excess stain from the floor with a lint free cloth and then move to the next section, keeping the door behind you as you work.
As you do each section avoid overlapping the stain because that can cause dark streaks in the finish. When you are done staining the entire area put barriers up to keep others from walking on your floor. It is also a good idea to put a wet floor or wet paint sign up to notify others of the reason for the barrier.
Step 4 - Sealing the Finish
Poly finish is a great way to complete your hardwood floor refinishing project. With a poly coat over the stain you will reduce the event of pits or staining from spills on your floor. When applying your chosen finish on the floor use a damp mop and follow the grain of the wood. If you can use long strokes of the mop you will reduce the flaw in the finish, however that is a minimal consideration because the fluid of the finish will glide together and make a smooth end result. When you finish be sure you put the barrier back up because you will regret someone walking on your wet finish. Let the poly cure for at least 24 hours before stepping on the floor.
Step 5 - Finishing
Adding felt to the feet of furniture you will put in your newly refinished space to eliminate scratching the surface of your floor.