How to Refinish Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring

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  • 8-40 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 300-2,500
What You'll Need
Plastic sheets

Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring is very durable and beautiful. After several years of hard usage and heavy foot traffic, even the sturdiest hardwood flooring will begin to show wear and tear. In this case, you might have to refinish it. Here are a few of the basics that will show you how to refinish your Brazilian cherry hardwood flooring like a pro, and help you save a nice chunk of change by doing it yourself.

Prepare the Room

Before you can start this project, you need to make sure that the room is prepared. You are going to want to remove everything from the space. That includes furniture and all personal belongings. You will also want to take some plastic sheets and tape them up over the doors. You will also want to cover furniture or electronics in adjacent rooms.

Sand Off The Old Finish

At this point, you will need to remove the old finish. In order to do this, you are going to need to use a sander. Typically, you can rent a sander that is specifically designed for flooring. When you are sanding, you want to make sure that you do not go too quickly. During this process, take your time and be thorough. This way, you will avoid getting down into the hardwood flooring too far. Make sure that every part of the floor has been sanded evenly before moving on.

Clean The Sanded Surface

After you get done sanding, you are going to need to thoroughly clean the area. Sanding the floor is going to create a large amount of dust in the room. You will need to remove all of the dust before you can continue with the job. Take a vacuum cleaner and use it to remove the dust from the floor. After you vacuum, you are going to want to take your time and go back over the area again. Before you stain, you want to make sure that every speck of dust is gone. If anything is left behind, it is going to get stuck under the finish coat.

Choose Your Stain

You will then be able to choose the stain that you want to apply to the floor. In order to apply the stain, you can use a brush or rags. Make sure that you apply the stain evenly to the entire surface of the floor. If you do not do a good job of this, it can look uneven and very unprofessional. You may want to allow the first coat to dry and then put on a second coat of stain.

Now For The Big Finish

After all of the coats of stain have dried thoroughly, you will then need to apply a finish to it. For this part, you will want to use a polyurethane finish. You can apply the polyurethane finish in much the same way that you did the stain. Make sure that every part of the floor is covered with the polyurethane. Let the first coat dry and then apply a second coat. You can also choose to apply an optional third coat if you want extra protection.