Does your wood floor have wear spots or water stains? Did you have carpet and now that it’s removed, the glue and aging have darkened the wood? Sounds like it’s time to refinish!
If you’re hiring out a sanding and refinishing company, ask them to come over. They’ll sand a small patch & brush on the stain and finish you’re thinking of going with. Better to get an idea of what the final product will look like and be sure you love it than to spend all that time and money only to wish you could go back. Consider the type of wood species, the wall colors in your home, other flooring type and color. If you choose to stain, different wood species react and absorb differently. Ask questions from those that have done it before!
There are a slew of various finishes available, most common are water-based and polyurethane finish. Water-based has a lower VOC (volatile organic compound) and are less stinky than solvent-based sealers. However, water-based is less durable and usually more expensive than polyurethane finishes.
Professional sanding machines usually have a vacuum attached so suck up the wood dust. This isn’t a fool proof system and dust will still get around the house. Be sure to plastic sheet anything you don’t want to get dusty (built-in bookcases, knick knacks, etc.) before sanding begins.
Be prepared to wait it out – between the odor & dry time, you may need to vacate your home or block off the area for a day or two. If you live in a state with high humidity, it takes longer to dry. Safety tip: pets and children are more sensitive to smells, and they’re noses are closer to the floor! If you need to leave your pet at home during refinishing, be sure they have a source of fresh air and they do not have access to walk on the tacky floor until it’s dry.
These floors are original from 1922. Previously covered by carpet, they were stained dark, were scratched and covered with stain spots from wear and tear. Look how beautiful they turned out!
Sanded patch of floor
Sanded, sealed, drying