What is Hardwood Floor Refinishing?

Flooring SanderSolid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Originally used for structural purposes, solid wood floors are now used almost exclusively for their attractive appearance and are known for their durability and longevity.  However, foot traffic and day-to-day use and abuse will eventually wear away the original finish and begin to damage the wood surface.  It’s always best to consider refinishing a floor before the raw wood begins to show through the finish and before any significant damage occurs.  One advantage of a true hardwood floor, typically ¾” in thickness, is that it can be sanded and refinished several times over the course of its natural life.  Barring any serious damage, sanding and refinishing a hardwood floor is more economical than replacing it and the process can often be completed by professionals in a day.  Throwing a coat of stain on a damaged or worn out floor is not refinishing and will not solve the problem.

The Men With Tools uses and recommends fast-drying finishes and carries a wide selection of stain colors.  Choosing a stain color can be a time consuming process and it is often difficult to visualize how a particular color will turn out when applied to a specific wood floor. The Men With Tools has streamlined and improved this process: once the color choices have been narrowed down, a small area of the floor will be prepared and the color samples applied directly to the actual wood floor – not chosen from a color chip.

Traditional hardwood floor refinishing methods can restore a floor to as-new condition, but they take practice, patience and experience.  The best refinishing advice out there is:  “leave it to the professionals” – you do not want to practice on your own floors!

The first step in any refinishing project is to carefully inspect the floor for obvious damage and, if the floor has been previously refinished, to confirm that enough wood remains to allow for a proper sanding and refinishing job.  Damaged areas need to be carefully repaired or replaced, and any exposed nails need to be reset or replaced prior to sanding.

All sanding is completed using state-of-the art dustless floor sanding machines to minimize mess and clean-up.  Sanding will not only remove scratches and imperfections in a wood floor, but will provide a fresh new surface for the stain to penetrate and adhere to. Once the initial sanding has taken place, the floor is thoroughly vacuumed and re-inspected.  Wood filler is applied where needed; both to damaged areas and to low spots.  Once the wood filler has set, the floor receives a final sanding and will now be “near flat”.  The floor is then re-vacuumed and re-inspected prior to staining and finishing.  The final step is to apply finish the floor.

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