By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A wood floor is one of the nicest features in a home because of its good looks and durable surface. If the wood develops surface scratches or loses its sheen, consider restoring the floor. You can do that without actually refinishing the floor by using a wood floor restoration system called Renewal by Varathane. You still have to remove all the rugs and furnishings in the room, which can be the most daunting task of the project. Renewal eliminates the sanding process.
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 $1,050 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 79 percent.
DIY Hassle Alert
The challenge is removing all the furnishings from the room before you begin working on the floor; and finding somewhere to store it all can totally clutter the surrounding rooms.
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.
Here's another take on the idea from Young House Love How To Clean, Gloss Up, and Seal Dull Old Hardwood Floors.
The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to restore a hardwood floor with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.