Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Restore The Beauty Of Your Floors
Refinishing is a means to increase durability of the hardwood floor and enhance its overall appearance. Refinishing is typically performed in a three-stage process of sanding, staining, and finishing. If damages are present, proper repairs need to be completed prior to this refinishing process. In most cases, severe damage may require replacement of the damaged areas.
Refinishing Done Right
Refinishing hardwood floors is a time consuming and skill based process. Proper techniques, tools and patience for the best results are always required. Prior removal of any nails, staples or tacks from the floor to prevent tearing the sandpaper is a first priority. Using sandpaper with the proper grit in the sander is critical, as is making sure that sander follows wood grain direction instead of across the grain, little things like this make all the difference. Proper use of the equipment, once in place, is critical and should not remain static while in operation. Sanding the entire wood floor, then using a different grit sandpaper to remove lines and scratches on the floor follows the initial sanding. Keeping the room well ventilated while sanding is very important during the entire process and is also imperative to utilize a dust mask and all of the proper safety gear.
Your Floor’s Wear Layer
The quality of the wear layer determines frequency of refinishing of hardwood floors. Poor quality products can not withstand being refinished even one time. The thicker the wear layer, the more refinishing it can withstand. Good quality engineered flooring can be refinished two or three times depending on the subfloor smoothness and experience of refinisher. We are here to help provide that valuable evaluation and information about your special floors.
To Stain or Not to Stain?
Once the sanding is complete, you may either stain your floor it or leave as it is. Sweeping up sawdust after sanding is completed, and removal of the fine dust can be done with proper shop vacuum. If you choose to stain your hardwood floors, be sure to have the installer apply stain in the corner to confirm whether it is really the best choice. A brush or a rag to apply stain, are both commonly accepted practices. Make sure, if required by the type of stain used, you need to coat once more after the first coat dries. Let the floor dry completely and then you can go for the finish. Work areas should be ventilated properly as vapors in the finish are harmful to your health. Mixing of the finish completely in the container is critical to a uniform look. Use of a brush or roller to apply the finish may also be an option. Drying may take over three hours and the application of a second coat really should be left at least overnight, and maybe up to three days, for drying.
Trust Our Experience
Often times the type of hardwood floor installed and the type of installation surface may dictate variations in the general process of restoration. Years and years of experience and a keen eye by the installer will be important for resolving problems before they happen.
Let Your Floor’s Natural Beauty Shine Through!
The beauty of your hardwood floor should always shine through after the process is complete. Making sure this process is completed properly and that you are happy is our business. Give us a call today!