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Hardwood Floor Sanding & Refinishing

Sanding & Refinishing Hardwood Flooring

Wondering why sanding hardwood flooring is recommended? Sanding is done to give the hardwood floor appearance an overhaul, to improve the appearance so you can repair, instead of replace it. Sanding is done before you repair or stain the flooring, though the main reason is sprucing up the way it looks. Refinishing is done with sanding equipment to remove any dust and clean up the surface, and then followed by a nice finish. When there’s no need for restoration, sanding and refinishing makes your flooring as good as new. So, let’s address a few basic doubts about sanding and refinishing that many homeowners have.

How many times can sanding be done for a hardwood floor?

If you ask me, a ¾ inch nailed down wooden floor sanding can be done a few times, before the need for replacing I arises. Though many contractors suggest sanding more often than necessary, an experienced contractor would know when a sanding is necessary and only suggest one if there’s a need. However, the idea is protect your flooring, and too much sanding will eventually wear out the wood sooner.

How is refinishing done?

Refinishing is usually done using traditional sanding equipment, though it can raise dust even with a plastic sheet covering the surface. However, you can opt for dust-free options to refinish the flooring, in case the floorboards aren’t damaged and are robust.

When to opt for refinishing?

Refinishing and restoring are vastly different. Refinishing is the only option when the floor is damaged and you have to get rid of scratches, or finish it. On the other hand, restoring can be done without heavy equipment, without the need for buffering the floor or using chemicals. Restoring is done when the flooring just looks old, but is robust and doesn’t need repairs.

Why you must not skip one grit in sanding sequence?

In sanding sequence, the idea is to deploy finer abrasives progressively and make the flooring even and get rid of dents and scratches, so the flooring is smooth and ready for staining. All this is done without removing too much of surface, to retain the durability of hardwood. When it is not done in the right order, the scratches can remain and could leave an uneven surface behind. This means, the finish will have peaks and valleys, contributing to faster deterioration.

How to choose the right grit?

As mentioned earlier, choosing the right grit is very important for the final output. No two floors are alike, which means, the contractor should determine what’s suitable for your flooring and how to go about the entire process. An experienced contractor would evaluate your flowing, assess your requirements and suggest what should be done.

Choosing a good hardwood flooring installation and repairing contractor is the key to ensuring right steps are taken for sanding and refinishing your hardwood flooring!

If our customers have one service of ours that they love the most, it’s our dustless hardwood refinishing.  So many contractors use outdated methods of sanding and refinishing.  Our team is qualified and experienced in providing an experience that will transform your home and reinvigorate your old hardwood – WITHOUT the dust!  Call us today and ask about our dust free hardwood sanding and refinishing.