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Revitalize & Extend The Life Of Your Hardwood Stairs

A good quality hardwood floor should last for decades if your home has hardwood flooring that is cared for and maintained. Alongside long-lasting durability, a hardwood floor offers the beautiful timeless appeal of wood, whereas linoleum and tile patterns go in and out of fashion. In fact, because hardwood floors are a preferred flooring choice, they can help increase the resale value of your home by as much as 3%-5%.

Although hardwood flooring is known for durability, it is important to remember that even the best flooring options will need some work. With the heavy foot traffic your stairway faces, the wear and tear can start to take a toll on your hardwood flooring. If you are looking to revitalize the hardwood flooring of your Kelowna home and create years of value for yourself, it might be time to sand, stain, and refinish your flooring.

Engineered hardwood flooring that is ¾ inches or thicker can be refinished between 4-6 times. If you are generally happy with your flooring and you are just looking to give them a new life, you’ll only need to refinish your floors once every 7 – 10 years. If you are ready to give your floors a refreshed, polished look follow these steps.

1) Get the Area Ready

Remove any clutter from your staircase and then section off the area to contain the dust and prevent it from spreading. If your stairs have carpet on them, remove the carpet. Once the carpet has been cleared away, inspect each stair to make sure no nails are sticking out. Extract carpet staples if carpet was previously installed as the staples can destroy the sandpaper that will be used. Sweep any debris away. Mop the stairs and apply painter’s tape along the edges of each step.

2) Strip the Stairs

Remove the existing finish off the hardwood stairs with a chemical stripper or sandpaper. Be meticulous when stripping the old finish. The greater you strip the old finish, the greater the new finish will look.

Stripping the Stairs With Sandpaper

If you choose to strip your stairs with sandpaper, you will have to go through different grits of sandpaper. When conducting heavy sanding and stripping, use coarse sandpaper measuring 40- to 60-grit. When sanding smoothing surfaces and eliminating minor imperfections, select 80- to 120-grit sandpaper.

Progressing through different grits of sandpaper will help you remove scratches from the previous layer.

Each time you advance to higher grit sandpaper, you remove the scratches from the previous layer. This will create dust that will need to be removed with a vacuum.

 Stripping the Stairs With Chemical Strippers

Chemical strippers are an easier alternative to sanding and are just as effective. When selecting a chemical stripper, ensure you choose a product that says “No Cleanup” or “Washes Away with Water”.

3) Apply the Stain

Once your hardwood stairs have been thoroughly stripped and cleaned they are ready for the new stain. Use a paintbrush to apply the stain to your stairs and follow the grain of the wood.

When applying the stain, use even strokes. Refrain from overlapping marks by staining the entire step quickly before any of it begins to dry. Allow the stain to dry before starting the next step.

4) Add the Fresh Finish

Once the final coat of stain has been applied and has dried, the next step is to apply polyurethane to protect the finish. Apply the first coat of varnish from the top of the stairs to the bottom. Give the first coat 8 to 12 hours to dry. Repeat the application process two more times.

5) Paint the Risers

Before you start painting your stairs, ensure that the surface of the stairs is dried. Use painter’s tape to mask the edges of the treads where they meet the risers. Apply 1-2 coats as needed. It is important to let each coat dry properly before applying the next one. At this stage, you can paint spindles and bannisters too.

Choose An Experienced Kelowna Hardwood Provider

While refinishing your hardwood floors can give them a new life, it is important to ensure you select high quality hardwood flooring when initially doing your stairs and flooring installations. If you are looking for a Kelowna hardwood flooring provider, Impression Floors offers a dazzling selection of shades, patterns, sizes and finishes from top manufacturers. With over 25 years of experience and excellent customer service, Impression Floors is sure to help you find the right hardwood flooring for you! Contact us today!