Hardwood is an excellent material that comes from angiosperm trees. In fact, they live up well to their name, and are used in almost all aspects of a typical home, and is most especially used in floorings. But as hard as it is, it is still wood, and is still prone to many kinds of things that can damage it. Fortunately though, we have ways to repair hardwood floors and restore their natural beauty without the need to actually replace them.
Find a good drum sander from your local tool rental shop or hardware store. This will be the primary tool that we’ll need to polish up faded hardwood. We’ll be using sandpaper at each grit gradient (20, 40 and 100) to scrub the entire floor thoroughly.
Move each and every movable article out of the room. These items include books, lamps, household appliances, and other similarly sized things. Curtains should also be removed, and larger but still movable house articles, like shelves should also be move out of the room. This is for the preparation of the sanding process of the wood. Seal off each and every passageway of air, such as cooling and heating outlets and air ducts in the room except for the windows (yes, and I repeat, do NOT close the windows). This is to prevent wood dust from entering these things and harming other users of the room later on.
Before starting the engines, make sure that you are wearing proper protective gear such as safety mask and safety glasses. This will critically protect you from the harmful wood dust that will be formed during our hardwood restoration process.
For a general scrubbing of the older messes, we’ll start by using the 20-grit sandpaper. Go back and forth across the room, but don’t forget that we are using 20-grit sandpaper. If you need to move to the next step, you’ll have to lift the entire sand duster to prevent it from creating holes in your wood. Because the drum sander is still a bulky too at best, it would be wise to use some extension tools to help it reach smaller areas that the entire body of the drum sander cannot reach.
Repeat all of these steps, now using the 40-grit sandpaper. Then repeat again using the 100-grit sandpaper. Notice how the floor gradually transforms and restores bit by bit during each session. After using the drum sander, inspect the entire floor one last time. If you are already satisfied with the results, then you may now return the equipment back to its owners.
Free the entire room of wood dust, and apply a thin layer of wood coating to the floor. If done properly, the hardwood floor would now as if it had never even been damaged before.