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How to Paint Hardwood Floors

Paint Hardwood floorsSummertime is the perfect season to make big changes in your home. School is out, meaning you’ll have lots of helping hands for any projects.

If you want a transformation that you’ll notice every time you walk into your house, you may want to consider painting your hardwood floors. It’s an interior painting trend that was popular in the 1700’s and is making a comeback in today’s homes. Here’s how to paint hardwood floors in your home.

Sand Hardwood Floors

anding your floors is extremely important, as it will help create the perfect surface to paint. You may want to consider renting orbital sander. Your job will go much faster and you can be ensured that your floors will be thoroughly sanded.

Wash Floors

Wash the hardwood floor with powdered detergent cleaner. Be sure to remove as much dust as possible; the cleaner the surface, the better your interior painting will turn out.

Prepare Floors

With almost any house painting job, you need to prepare the paint area with painter’s tape. You should also use primer if you want to help hide the wood grain. If you prefer the grain shows through, use a clear sealer.

Paint Floors

Now comes the fun part: painting the floors. Be sure your first coat is very thin. It’s better to apply several thin coats of paint, allowing it to dry in between, rather than a couple thick coats; you’ll be happier with the results, which will look much more polished. In fact, house guests may ask what painting company painted your floors.

Wait for Paint to Dry

After you apply the last coat of paint, it’s important to wait at least 24-48 hours before walking on it. This is another reason it’s a great summertime interior painting project; you can spend your days outside while waiting for the paint to dry. Be sure to wait a few weeks before putting heavy items, such as a piano, on the floor’s surface.

My painters at Benchmark Painting & Carpentry are ready to help you with any questions regarding this transformational project. Call our painting company today at 301-949-1100 or contact us online for a free estimate.