Tips To Restore A Hardwood Floor Without Sanding

by Alex M. Worked as a Business Development Manager

Sanding is one of the most time-taking factors of a hardwood floor restoration program. It is also capable of damaging the floor.

Refinishing a wooden floor multiple times results in permanent damage. 

When flooring sustains heavy damage, has tough stains, or is significantly worn out, it requires restoration.

However, there is a way to restore a hardwood floor without sanding. It may also be a better alternative.

Buff and Recoat a Hardwood Floor

Buffing and recoating is one of the ideal methods to restore hardwood floors without sanding them. Here are the appropriate steps to perform a sanding-free restoration.

    Homeowners cannot do it with a wax-finished hardwood floor. Buffing and recoating them can lead to bubbles and distortions. Those who are unsure can identify their floor’s finish with a simple trick.


Choose a less visible place on the floor and wipe it with mineral spirits or a thinner. Rub it with a spare white cloth; if it turns yellow or brown, the flooring might have a wax finish. 

In this case, a buffing machine becomes necessary to polish the floor. However, if the floor did not use a wax finish previously, buffing and recoating are possible.

    Upon determining the finish of the hardwood floor, restore it better. Before that, remove carpets, furniture, and other materials from the floor, and putty any holes, giving it time to dry before initiating the project.


    The next step involves sweeping the floor and mopping it with a commercial cleaner, letting it dry, and hammering nails protruding above the surface.


    Homeowners can remove imperfections on their floors by slightly abrading them. It will require a buffing machine for those unable to do it with their hands. Using the buffing machine must involve care.


    Now, vacuum the floor instead of sweeping because the latter can trap dust in the cracks. Additionally, ensure using soft bristles to vacuum.


    The restoration project is now at the starting point. Apply lacquer or finish. But wear protective gear to prevent inhaling the harmful vapor. After applying the lacquer or finish, give it three hours or more to dry.


    Apply a second coat after the first dries.


    The final step involves waiting a few days for the new coating to dry before moving the materials back inside.

It is the most popular method of restoring a hardwood floor without sanding. However, there are more techniques people can look into to discern the one that suits them better.

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