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Probably the most underrated part of any interior remodeling job is refinishing the floors. Too few contractors appreciate the skill required to do the job right. But transforming a grimy, seemingly damaged wood floor into a smooth, gleaming plane really puts the shine on a job. Refinishing an existing floor is simple in concept, but difficult to execute. The basic steps fit on a business card: • Using progressively finer grades of paper, sand until the old finish is gone and the floor is smooth and free of sanding marks. • Remove every speck of dust. • Apply the chosen finish. New floors call for the same steps, except that you'll generally need