How to Renew Hardwood Floors

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You had gorgeous hardwood floors installed in your living room, but now, after a few years, they are starting to look raggedy and have quite a few scratches on them. Instead of replacing the hardwood with a different type of flooring material, just renew the floors and they will look as good as new again.

Things You'll Need

  • Furniture coasters
  • Buffer
  • Rough buffing pad (looks like a big round green scrubbie)
  • Smooth buffing pad
  • Cloth buffing pad
  • Hardwood floor wax
  • Wood putty
  • Wax remover
  • Shop vac
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Move all furniture into a different room. This makes the job much easier and saves time, as you will not have to wait for portions of the floor to dry or risk scratching the floor after you just fixed it.

  • Sweep and vacuum the floor, clearing it of all dust and dirt.

  • Apply the floor wax remover according to the instructions on the brand you purchased. Vacuum the floor with the shop vac. Shop vacs are wet/dry, so you can safely suck up any liquid left on the floor.

  • Buff the floor with the rough buffing pad to be sure all the wax is off the floor. Vacuum again, making sure to get all the bits of loose wax and dust off the floor. Look at the floor carefully, making sure all wax is removed. If you see bits of wax on the floor, spot treat with the wax remover. If you need to scrape the floor, be sure to use a plastic scraper, so as not to further scratch or mar the floor.

  • Buff the floor with the smooth buffing pad. This will smooth out the floor and help to remove any minute scratches.

  • Go over the floor carefully, looking for any deeper scratches. Use the wood putty to fill in any deep scratches. Use the fine grit sandpaper to smooth out the wood putty once it dries.

  • Vacuum the floors with the shop vac again, making sure to remove all dust particles or particles left over from any sanding you may have done. Go over the floors with a slightly damp mop to pick up any dust or small particles the shop vac may have missed.

  • Apply three coats of wax with the cloth buffing pad. Let the floor dry completely between coats.

  • Put the furniture coasters under the furniture and move the furniture into the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place runner rugs or throw rugs in high-traffic areas. This will give the room a homey look and will help protect the floors.
  • Use furniture coasters under all furniture to help avoid scratches.
  • Remove the top coats of wax with a smooth buffing pad and apply two coats of wax every six months to keep your floor looking brand new.
  • Do not use a soaking wet mop on the unprotected floor. The moisture could warp the floor. Make sure the floor is completely dry before you apply the wax.

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