Refinishing steps is one of the hardest things you can do when it comes to refinishing hardwood floors. Sanding stair treads is not that bad, but the risers are very difficult and it takes a lot of care and attention to detail to make them look right. First make sure you have all the right tools. If you don’t have all the tools then you might as well not even try to sand the stairs because it just won’t work right and it will be WAY too hard. You will need a edger, hand scrapers, nippers, chisel, flathead screw driver, bastard file, orbital sander, vacuum, dust pan, broom, a bucket for water, and a rag. If you have these tools then you are off to a good start. Also get some 24 grit paper, 36, 50, 100, and 220 grit paper for your edger and orbital sander. Have a few edger buffer pads to to use on the treads.
You can see we refinished them stairs. We did them earlier this week in St Paul. They had a super old finish on it that was very thick and was gumming up our paper bad. It took me about three and a half hours just to sand the risers. I basically spent the whole day sanding the risers while my two other guys sanded the treads and did hand scraping. The floors in the house were oak, which we had sanded a couple years ago. But the steps turned out to be maple. So we water popped the maple before we coated them and they looked great when we were finished. If you got any hardwood floor refinishing needs in Minneapolis give me a call. 612-423-0202.
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