DIY: Floor Refinishing Without Sanding


Wood flooring gets worn out and faded from foot traffic and sun exposure. Sanding to refinish the floors is a big commitment. The top layer of a wood floor is relatively thin, allowing you to sand and refinish the floors a limited number of times. When you don’t have significant scratches or damage, you can revive your floors by stripping the top layer and reapplying finish. This will prolong the life of your floors and bring back their original shine.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust mop
  • Mop
  • Mop bucket
  • Floor stripper
  • Floor machine
  • Stripping pad
  • Towels
  • Floor finish
  • Dust mop the floors to remove all particles and debris from the floors.

  • Mix floor stripper with cold water according to the instructions on the bottle. Stir the solution to mix.

  • Saturate a mop with the floor stripper and apply to the floors. Allow the stripper to penetrate the surface for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Attach a stripping pad to a floor machine. The machine moves the stripping pad in a circular motion, removing the stripper and the topcoat from the floors. Remove the stripper from the floor with a wet vacuum.

  • Rinse the floors thoroughly with water and a mop. Continue to rinse until all of the chemicals have been removed from the floor. Remove the water with a wet vacuum.

  • Fill a bucket with floor finish. Apply the finish to the floors in a figure eight. Move across the floors to apply a thin coat of finish to the entire space. Let the finish dry between coats. Apply three to five thin coats.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before stripping the floors try a simple re-coat. Apply a new coat of finish over the existing coat. This may prolong the existing finish and buy you some time before you need to remove the finish from the entire floor.

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