How to refinish a hardwood floor

Wood flooring in rough shape? Before you call the pros, it’s good to know that you can refinish hardwood floors on your own with a handful of rentable tools

Strip hardwood is one of the most popular types of flooring—and for good reason. Most often found in straight lines, these boards offer a nearly endless array of options when you combine species, board widths, stains, and finishes. Few flooring options give you the ability to go from crisp, clean, and modern to warm, rustic and country quite like wood flooring. And beyond aesthetics, wood is easier to keep clean than carpet, plus softer on your back than stone or tile. But hardwood’s biggest appeal might be the thing homeowners dread thinking about most: refinishing it by sanding, a process that will restore wood floors to their original beauty time and time again. 

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