You love your hardwood floors. Unfortunately, it’s time to re-finish them again. That makes them untouchable for 24-48 hours each time. Plus, refinishing hardwoods requires the use of toxic strippers, varnishes and stains. How can you refinish hardwoods quickly without all those toxic chemicals? Is there a solution that won’t ban you from your home for days at a time?
Avoiding the use of chemical strippers
Toxic formulas that strip old finish can fill your home with poisonous fumes. How can you strip your floors without them? Actually, a sander works quite well to remove the majority of old, unwanted finishes. You may have to use a small amount of paint thinner for stubborn spots. However, most of the time, it simply isn’t necessary.
One piece at a time
The beauty of the finishing method I’m about to describe is that you have no need to refinish all your floors at once. Since your floors will be left with their natural wood finish, color matching is not an issue. So, you can sand and finish one room or area at a time. Even better, you can live in your house while you’re working on it and take your time as well.
Sanding it down
When refinishing wood floors conventionally, most people rent a heavy duty sander or hire someone to do the whole project from start to finish. With this method, you can use a hand sander for the personal touch or to save money renting that large sander. Of course, it takes a little longer. However, once again, you can take your time.
The floor in the area you’re working on is sanded. All the old finish has been removed. Unfortunately, there are nicks and gouges here and there in the wood. Wood putty in a color that matches the natural wood can fix that. It’s quite easy to use. Some of the boards may need to be replaced as well. Bring an old board with you for matching purposes.
Preserving without staining or varnishing
Wood floors have to be protected from water, soil, food and more. When left unfinished, they absorb spills, causing stains and damage. Salt tracked in from the outdoors in winter can damage unprotected floors. So, how do you protect your wood floors with toxic stains and varnishes? Once you sand and repair your floors, simply rub in one of these natural, non-toxic oils with a clean, dry cloth.
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Vegetable Oil
Now that your floors are finished and preserved naturally and beautifully, how do you maintain their beauty? That’s the best part. Rather than stripping, sanding, buffing, staining and varnishing, all you need do to maintain these wood floors is to apply a new coat of oil when needed. You’ll have to keep them clean, of course. To do so, simply mop with a natural oil soap.
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