How To Make Your Hardwood Floor Look New Without Sanding

Your hardwood floors don’t have the same luster that they used to… and while they don’t need to be completely sanded down yet, they’ve certainly lost some shine.

With a day of work and a small budget, you can take the DIY route and bring those floors back to life without sanding them down at all.

Below are three great ways to upkeep your beautiful hardwood floors in between a professional sanding and refinishing job. However, these methods can be labor-intensive, and most people will choose to trust local hardwood floor professionals with this kind of work to ensure that it is done correctly. If you are of the DIY set, this is what you need to know to reinvigorate your floors on your own.

Buy a DIY Hardwood Floor Refinishing Kit

These can be pretty in-depth, so you definitely need the entire day to get this done. That being said, it’s only about $40 to around $120 depending on the kit and grade you buy.

Clear the room of any furniture so you have a completely clean slate to work with. In your kit, you’ll find liquid sander, but don’t worry; while it is abrasive, it is not the same thing as true sandpaper.

Clean the floor thoroughly, then apply the liquid sander to the floor and evenly spread it. Don’t leave this on for too long. After evenly coating your floor, use a damp sponge mop with dishwashing detergent to clean it up.

Quickly apply the new finish while the floor is still prepared. The wood grain will be more accepting of the new finish at this point. Make sure to spread it out evenly and avoid leaving any drips behind.

Buff and Recoat

You can buff using what’s called a chemical abrasion kit. It works similarly to the liquid sander that you find in a hardwood floor refinishing kit, but it works slightly differently. You’ll need a buffer for this project, so rent one in advance and move all of your furniture out of the room you want to refinish. Buffer rentals can be pricey, so do your homework to make sure you are getting a good deal.

Use a wood cleaner to thoroughly scour the surface area of your entire floor. While cleaning your hardwood floor, identify main problem areas, such as dark spots or scratches. Directly after cleaning, it is time to buff! Set the buffer on in the middle of the room, and once the necessary sheet is attached to it, begin buffing. If you’ve never used a floor buffer before, this video will help you get started:

You’ll want to wear a mask during this to reduce particle inhalation.

Once you’re done buffing and you inspect the floor to make sure it looks good, clean up all the dust. It’s wise to wipe down nearby walls and surfaces as well because buffing dust will get absolutely everywhere. After it’s cleaned up properly, spread your floor finish and even it out.


Revitalizers are the fastest method on this list, and they’re arguably the most DIY-friendly with the least amount of cost required. There are many different Revitalizers out there, and each one will have it’s own instructions, but for the most part, they simply need to be applied to freshly cleaned hardwood floors to work properly.

Purchase either a squeegee or applicator wand, clean the floor with a dry microfiber rag, then with a mop to get up any stubborn, stuck-on messes that can’t be removed with the dry cloth. 

Once that’s done, spread the revitalizer. The hardest part is making sure the coat spreads nice and even. Consider opening a window as it has some fumes, and once everything is done, let it dry. The drying period takes a minimum of twenty-four hours, although it may take longer depending on the specific chemical you purchase.

Know When To Call A Professional

If you don’t have the time to apply the methods above, or you believe the flooring is beyond surface-level revitalization, professional refinishing is still an option. Contact us today, or call (215) 515-7355 and ask for Steve. DIY is a great way to learn more about your home, and we hope this guide was helpful to the handy people out there with a passion for high quality – just like us! 


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