Discovering that you have hardwood floors underneath your old, outdated carpeting can be a little bit like finding hidden treasure. Wood flooring is incredibly sought after in today’s housing market. Refinishing your floors can not only make your home more attractive to live in but it can also increase its resale value. Check out these tips for how to refinish hardwood floors under the carpet to restore your floors to their former glory.
1. Begin by removing the carpet, carpet pad, and tack strip. Vacuum the entire room before you begin to remove any dirt or debris. Then, peel up the carpeting, rolling it up and taking it out of the room for disposal. Do the same with the carpet pad. At the edges of the room, there will be tack strip attached to the floor. Use a flat chisel or putty knife to pry the tack strip up off of the floor. Sweep the entire floor when you are done to remove any remaining debris.
2. Rent a sander. The next step is to sand the existing finish off of the floor. This is best accomplished with a drum sander that you can rent at your local home improvement store. Use sandpaper with increasingly finer grit to achieve a smooth, even surface on the floor. Around the edges of the room, you will need to sand by hand using a smaller orbital sander. Be sure to thoroughly remove any dust from the surface before going on to the next step.
3. Stain the floor. The final step is to apply a smooth, even coat of stain to the surface of the flooring. This will give it a beautiful finish that will last for a long time to come.
The process of refinishing hardwood floors under the carpet is relatively straightforward. Seeing your beautifully finished floors after you are done can make the entire project feel worthwhile.