The Refinishing Process

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Introduction

In many cases, severely neglected wood floors are ‘inherited’ upon purchase of an older home and the fact that most of these old, vintage floors can be resurrected to their original beauty, or better, is a pleasant surprise.

Here’s some information that explains how this transformation is made possible during the hardwood refinishing process.

 

Pre-sanding Process

Removal of carpet (assuming it exists), whether by you or by ourselves is the first step. If you are interested in removing and disposing of your own carpet please review our section on Carpet Removal Tips for important information.

The floor is then swept and any protruding nails are countersunk to avoid damage to our sanding equipment.

Repairs, which often require the replacement of existing boards with undamaged, reclaimed or new wood, occur before the sanding process.

 

Dustless Sanding Process

Moving from a coarser grit to a finer grit of sandpaper, the floor’s finish, including any and all build- up of wax and dirt, is removed.

Judicious sanding will ensure the minimum amount of actual wood is removed from your floors. The depth of the sanding will be influenced by the overall condition of the floor including the existence of deep scratches, dents and the like.

The dustless sanding system ensures dust, finish, dirt and wax is contained at the sanding source before becoming airborne.

Most floors will then be covered by a layer of colour-matching trowel-applied filler before the final sanding occurs. This enhances the look of the floor and ensures small gaps, cracks and holes are filled. (Fir floors with large gaps are usually excluded from this step as explained in more detail in the section on Fir Floors.)

 

Buffing Process

Buffing the entire hardwood floor with an abrasive screen blends the remaining fine sanding marks to make them virtually invisible to the unaided eye. At this point, if a stain has been selected, the staining process commences. To learn more about the staining process, please review the section on Staining your Hardwood Floors.

 

Finishing Process

3 coats of finish are applied over the course of 2-3 days. Drying times will vary depending on your choice of either an oil or water-based finish. To learn more about the finish choices available to you we encourage you to review our section on Hardwood Floor Finishes.

Between coats, once dry, the floors will be buffed with an abrasive screen and the perimeter of the floors hand-sanded in preparation for the next coat.

After the application of the final finish coat, approximately 24 hours is required before the floor can be walked on.

Most finishes will significantly cure within 24-48 hours. In every case, after we have refinished your floors, we will provide you with specific guidance before you plan to move back your furniture.  Given that area rugs cover larger sections of floor, we recommend that area rugs remain off the still-curing floors for 2-4 weeks.

Refinishing hardwood floors has been the exclusive focus of Woodsmith Hardwood Floors for more than 23 years. Discover the difference expert advice and personalized services make by partnering with us. Contact us on your upcoming hardwood refinishing project.

Finishing Process

3 coats of finish are applied over the course of 2-3 days. Drying times will vary depending on your choice of either an oil or water-based finish. To learn more about the finish choices available to you we encourage you to review our section on Hardwood Floor Finishes.

Between coats, once dry, the floors will be buffed with an abrasive screen and the perimeter of the floors hand-sanded in preparation for the next coat.

After the application of the final finish coat, approximately 24 hours is required before the floor can be walked on.

Most finishes will significantly cure within 24-48 hours. In every case, after we have refinished your floors, we will provide you with specific guidance before you plan to move back your furniture.  Given that area rugs cover larger sections of floor, we recommend that area rugs remain off the still-curing floors for 2-4 weeks.

Refinishing hardwood floors has been the exclusive focus of Woodsmith Hardwood Floors for more than 23 years. Discover the difference expert advice and personalized services make by partnering with us. Contact us on your upcoming hardwood refinishing project.

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