our finished floor!
(for general steps, see below)
I was given very specific instructions about how to refinish the floor:
- use a nail set to sink the nails into the floor so it doesn’t catch on the sandpaper
- sand with 100 grit sandpaper
- sand with 180 grit sandpaper
- sand once more, nice and smooth with 320 grit sandpaper
- thoroughly clean up the dust – I used a palm sander that didn’t have one of those bags to collect the sawdust so the room was quite a mess. I was able to contain it though by keeping the bathroom door closed and laying a towel in front of the gap under the door. To clean up first I used a shop vac, then I wiped the whole room down with a slightly damp cloth (ceiling, walls, floor, etc), and I finished up by wiping the floor twice more using mineral oil on a rag.
- treat with pre-stain wood conditioner – I wasn’t sure if this was something we should do, but I figured for the price it’s probably a good idea. We tested it on a board and it really does allow the stain to penetrate more evenly.
- apply two (or more) coats of stain using a rag
- thoroughly wipe down floor again – twice more with mineral oil on a rag
- apply five coats of poly-urethane for floors using an applicator from the hardware store – I love the applicator, it made things happen much faster. I know five coats sounds like a lot but there are some things to keep in mind: 1 – It’s a bathroom so we really want to protect the wood floor from water. 2 – I believe that the more coats I put on the longer the floor will last without needing to be refinished. And besides, I figure we’ve got this big can, might as well use it.
- sand lightly using 320 grit sandpaper
- apply final coat of poly-urethane
still very wet from a fresh coat of poly-urethane
- follow all product labels regarding use, safety, and drying times
You can see more about our bathroom saga here: