Removing Your Carpeting? Learn What's Involved To Restore The Hardwood Underneath

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If you have old carpeting in your home that you want to get rid of, you may be surprised to find some nice hardwood flooring underneath it. It's possible to restore your original hardwood to its former beauty with some time, patience, and the right tools. Here is what you'll have to do to get your floors looking great once again.

Carpet Removal

The molding around the room will need to be removed in order to expose the edges of your carpeting. Chances are that you will not be able to save the molding for later, because there will be a noticeable gap in the space where the carpeting used to be.

Remove any visible staples in the carpeting with a staple remover, and start lifting the carpeting off the floor. Depending on how big the carpeting is, it may be a two person job to roll it up.

Repeat this process for the carpet padding found underneath.

Hardwood Floor Preparation

Any nails or staples that still in the floor will need to be removed. If left in the floor, they could ruin the sanding equipment that you will use later. You will also need to remove any pieces carpet padding that are still stuck on the wood surface.

You can use your putty knife to scrape away at the glue and vacuum the particles left on the floor from the removal process. Then use a wood cleaning product to clean the surface.

Sanding

Sanding can be the most difficult part of the process if you do not have the right equipment. It will require a drum sander, edge sander, and corner sander to cover all the nooks and crannies of your floor. The floors will need several rounds of sanding, starting with coarse sandpaper and eventually moving up to a grit that is very fine.

Finishing

The length of the finishing process will depend on how dark or shiny you want your hardwood floors to be. Each layer of stain will take about 1 hour to dry, with more coats creating a darker look.

The first coat of polyurethane that creates the shine will take about 6 hours to dry. The entire surface will need to be lightly sanded and cleaned before applying a second coat, which will need to dry overnight.

Unfortunately, your floors may not be in a good enough condition to refinish them. If you have to purchase new hardwood, you should look into purchasing from a wholesale hardwood flooring company like The Floor Club to get yourself a great deal. These tips will still be useful in refinishing the new hardwood boards.

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