How to Restore a Hardwood Floor

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Threaded broom handle
  • Paint roller pan
  • Measuring cup
Materials Required
  • Renewal Wood Floor Restoring System
  • Rags
  • Mineral spirits

Before You Begin

Below are the steps involved in restoring a hardwood floor. Not sure you want to get involved doing this job yourself? Click Home Advisor, a free referral service that connects homeowners with prescreened local flooring contractors.

  • Step 1 : Remove any finish

    Machine sanding has been the standard process used to refinish a wood floor, but there's a new floor refinishing product called Renewal Floor Refinish System by Varathane. This system can be used on any type of existing wood floor finish, including varnish or polyurethane. If the floor has a wax finish, first remove the wax with a rag dampened with mineral spirits.

  • Step 2 : Prepare the room

    Remove all the furniture and rugs and vacuum the floor so it's free of dirt and dust. Plan your approach by working from the far wall of the room out to the door. You don't want to work yourself into a corner. The best plan is to apply the no-sanding formula solution in a zigzag pattern over one 4-foot-square area at a time.

  • Step 3 : Apply the chemical sander

    Apply the chemical sander

    To condition the surface to permanently bond with the new topcoat, use the applicator pad block covered with the scrubbing pad. This chemically sands the existing finish without dust. Clean out the scrubbing pad with warm water.

  • Step 4 : Apply the bonding formula

    Apply the bonding formula

    Apply the bonding formula with the scrubbing pad and applicator block to condition the surface so it permanently bonds with the new topcoat.

  • Step 5 : Finish the floor with the topcoat

    Finish the floor with the topcoat

    Combine the catalyst and topcoat finish and mix for at least 5 minutes. Pour into a clean paint tray and apply the coating with the synthetic lamb's wood applicator pad fitted over the applicator block. The surface is dry enough for light use in eight hours and ready for normal, everyday use in three days.

    Illlustrations courtesy of Varathane