Get a Modern Touch by Refinishing The Wood Floors Under Your Carpet
Carpeted flooring is a convenient way to provide a warm feel to your home. However, it is a little bit outdated. If you have good quality hardwood floors underneath your carpet, give it a chance to shine by removing the carpet permanently. As much as new carpets can give a new feel to your place, so as using elegant natural wood panels. In fact, today’s real estate market gives more value to wooden house details compared to textiles. The wood flooring under the carpet will turn out very uneven and dirty due to the accumulated dust and dirt for years. Moreover, glued-on carpets mean that some glue residue will remain. The following is the most standard refinishing process.
Steps in Refinishing Floors Previously Under Carpet
First, the carpets should be all removed. A pry bar can be inserted between the floor and carpet slowly so as not to damage the wood underneath. This usually starts in the corner, slowly pulling the carpet upwards towards the center. Another method is to cut the carpet into smaller sizes first and removing them one by one for easier disposal. Second step is to remove any tack strips. If the carpet was held in place with glue, the residue can be removed with a stripping agent. A scraper can then be used to scrape the residue. After all have been removed, wipe through the floor with denatured alcohol to thoroughly clean the surface. Third step is to secure openings that have been previously covered by the carpet such as electrical lines and outlets. You can temporarily tape over these areas while the refinishing process continues. Fourth step is to prepare the surface by sanding, filling the holes and then cleaning. This is a 3-stage process to ensure that the surface is leveled out and doesn’t have holes wherein the finishing liquid might leak out. After the surface is thoroughly free of dust and residue, finishing can then take place.
The fifth and last step is to pour the finishing liquid. If you require wood staining, this should be done first. After applying several coats and drying it completely, your all new modern wood floor is ready. Now you can freely think about how to decorate your new space.