Restore a hardwood floor
Restoring hardwood floor. (Sherwin Williams / December 23, 2013)
It's a three-part process that chemically sands the floor and creates a receptive surface that bonds the underlying finish to the new topcoat. A floor refinisher will charge $960 to restore a 10- by 12-foot floor using a sandless system. You can do it yourself for $220, the cost of the product, and save 77 percent.
Block out a few days for the job. It's a long day's job from start to finish. While you can walk on the floor 24 hours later, it's not ready for normal use until a few days later. The system includes solutions, wood finish, a scrubbing and lambswool pad, and an applicator block. You need a threaded broom handle, roller pan, measuring cup and rags. If there's a coat of wax on the floor, remove it with mineral spirits before the application.
Another way to revive floors without having to sand is by using Hardwood Floor Reviver by Minwax.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$960 -- $220 -- 9.0 -- 6.5 -- $740 -- 77 Percent
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