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How do you stop hardwood floors from splitting?
If properly dried, hardwood floors should not be splitting at all. Generally one lets the material sit in the room in which it will be installed for a week or so prior to installation, allowing them to get used to the environment. I suppose you could try to humidify a really dry environment, but my guess is that the issue may be related to improper kiln drying in the first place.
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Refinishing Hardwood Floor?
Over many years, the surface of hardwood floors can deteriorate to the point where they are full of scratches and have lost their warm shine. When hardwood floors have lost their finish, they can look dirty and old despite regular cleaning and maintenance. Hardwood floors are natural products that do not hold up to years of heavy traffic and wear without occasional maintenance. Despite your best efforts, all natural, hardwood floors will have to be refinished at some point in order to restore their beauty. Real hardwood flooring comes in two main varieties: solid hardwood and engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood floorings are planks of solid wood, while engineered hardwood floors are composed of layers of lesser wood glued together and topped with a thin piece of hardwood. Despite the difference, the cost of these two options is roughly the same. One advantage that engineered hardwood has over solid hardwood is that it is more durable. However, engineered hardwood cannot be refinished as often as solid hardwood since the top layer is very thin. When refinishing the hardwood in your home, it is important to know what kind of hardwood floor you have so that you know whether or not it can be refinished. The first step to refinishing a hardwood floor is to make sure that the floor is even and that all nails have been hammered flush with the surface of the floor. After that, you will need to rent a floor sander from a hardware rental store. You will also need to purchase different grades of sandpaper that will fit the sander. The most common grits used for refinishing hardwood flooring are 36, 60, 80, and 100, with 36 being the coarsest and 100 being the finest grit. You will be doing multiple passes with the sander at different grit levels in order to achieve a smooth surface. Start sanding the floor with the grain of the wood using the heaviest grit sand paper. Once the entire surface of the floor has been sanded, go over it again with the next finest sand paper grit and repeat the process till you finish with 100 grit paper. Next, vacuum the entire room and use a tack rag to collect all the dust. The floor must be spotless and free of dust before the staining process. Next, apply the stain of your choice to the floor by applying it with a rag. If you would like a darker finish, you can elect to use a brush to stain the floor. When using a brush, be sure to paint with the grain of the wood. Allow the stain to dry and apply a second coat to cover up any missed spots and to enrich the color. The final step in refinishing a hardwood floor is to coat it with polyurethane, which will seal and protect the wood for years to come. Apply the sealer with a brush or roller going with the grain. Allow the floor to dry according to manufacturer specifications and then apply a second coat. Once the second coat has dried, the floor is finished and ready for several more years of use.
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How to Refinish Hardwood Flooring?
Hardwood floors are all the rage in modern home design. They warm a room and can make any space look rich and inviting. Over the years, however, hardwood floors can suffer damage such as scratching and fading that can leave the floor looking dirty and old. When this happens, you will need to refinish your flooring to return its original polish and luster. Before refinishing your floors, you need to find out what kind of wood you have and if it can be refinished. Real hardwood floors come in two distinct varieties. The first kind of flooring is solid hardwood flooring. These floors are made of solid planks of wood which can be refinished many times throughout the year. The other kind of hardwood flooring is called engineered hardwood. Engineered flooring only has a thin layer of wood at the top so it cannot be refinished as often. Once you’ve determined that you can refinish the flooring, you will need to make sure that all the nail heads are even with the surface of the floor. After that is done, rent a floor sander from a local hardware store and purchase different grits of sand paper that will fit the sander. For sanding a hardwood floor, you will need to buy 36, 60, 80, and 100 grit sandpaper. 36 grit paper is the coarsest and will be used first, while you will finish with 100 grit sandpaper. Start sanding your floors with the 36 grit paper going from one end of the room to the other, making sure not to skip any areas. Once you have gone over the flooring with the coarsest sandpaper, go over it again with the next finest grit. Continue this process until you have gone through 100 grit. After you have finished sanding the floor, vacuum the area thoroughly and use a damp rag to capture all of the dust. Make sure you clean the surface well or the dust will show through the stain. After the surface has been cleaned, apply wood stain with a rag, going with the grain and starting in one corner of the room and working outward from there. Apply a second coat once the first one has dried. Finally, you will need to coat your floor with a polyurethane sealer that will help to protect the newly refinished surface. Again, apply the sealer going with the grain of the wood. Once the sealer has dried, you floor should look as good as the day you first installed it.