Why DIY Floor Refinishing Is a Bad Idea
DIY is all the rage in the modern world, but when it comes to refinishing wood floors, it may not be such a great idea. That is the warning being given to homeowners by a variety of experts who say that many DIY enthusiasts simply do not realise the problems they may be creating for themselves by attempting to go it alone, or indeed just how problematic and challenging the task can actually turn out to be.
One person who learned this the hard way was DIY enthusiast Jonathan Hardy. “You think it will be easy enough if you follow instructions,” Hardy notes, “but it really is very difficult to avoid doing anything which might destroy the floors!”
Common problems that many have encountered include the dreaded “bumps”, which can occur in solid wood floors either because the person doing the sanding has pulled or pushed too hard, or even if they have simply paused a few moments too long, as well as the issue of those less than entirely knowledgeable about wood floor sanding possibly trying to sand down engineered flooring which is simply too thin for such treatment already. Add to that the incredibly time consuming nature of the task and wood floor sanding expert Steve Cooper says there is “one obvious conclusion – hire a professional to refinish those floors”. Cooper notes that at the end of the day, refinishing wood floors is a perfect example of a job “that is definitely tougher than it seems”.