Maple hardwood floors are an interesting type of floor since a maple floor is one of the most durable and long lasting hardwood floors on the market. Unfortunately, they are also one of the most difficult floors to re-finish.Before you get started, you need to really assess your floors to determine if you actually need to re-finish your floors. Again, maple lasts a long time and it wears really well, so be sure that you need to do this.
If you are certain that you want to re-finish your maple floor there are a few things you need to know.
- Maple hardwood floors are very hard, which is why you will often find them in bowling alleys or on indoor basketball courts.
- Maple floors are typically lighter in colour, so take this into consideration when choosing a finish.
- Staining maple floors is very tough and many floor restoration contractors will say that they can’t stain a maple floor (you actually can but it is more challenging).
Keeping these points in mind, you may want to consider calling a professional such as GJP Floor Sanding London to complete this rather difficult job for you. An experienced wood floor refinishing company can mean the difference between a beautiful maple floor and a poorly done floor that you never want to look at.
Steps for Refinishing a Maple Wood Floor
The steps for refinishing a maple floor are similar to any other floor, but there will be a few other points to consider.
Step 1: Fill the Gaps
Maple flooring has been known to have gaps over time. You will need to fill the gaps prior to sanding.
Step 2: Prepare the Floor
Move the furniture out of the room, nail down any raised nails, clean the floor, remove the baseboards and get ready to sand.
Step 3: Begin Floor Sanding
Using a drum sander or an orbital sander (most likely a drum sander), begin sanding your floor. You will need to start with a 25 grit paper due to the hardness of the maple floor. Gradually work your way through the 40, 60, 80 and 120 grit sand paper, cleaning in between each grit.
Step 4: Sand the Edges of the Walls
Using an edger, you will want to sand along the base of the walls.
Step 5: Clean the Entire Room
Once you have finished the sanding, take the time to meticulously clean the room. Make sure there is no dust, dirt or debris anywhere on the floor.
Step 6: Buff the Floor
Again, this may be a little more challenging since you are dealing with a very hard wood but work with the grain and keep going until the floor begins to smooth out and have a little shine.
Step 7: Apply the Stain
Now is the difficult step of applying a stain to a maple hardwood floor. You will want to use rags and work from the corners out. This process usually works well with two people as one can apply the stain and the other can remove the excess stain. Always work towards an exit so you don’t strand yourself in the room.
Step 8: Seal the Maple Floors
You are ready to seal the floors and help them last forever. You will want to use a water-based urethane sealant on your maple floors. Use a foam applicator and remember to always go with the grain.
While re-finishing your maple hardwood floors will provide some additional challenges during the sanding, buffing and staining stages, it is possible to complete the job and have your maple floor looking brand new.