Hardwood Floor Sanding and Refinishing
Sanding and refinishing hardwood floors is our specialty. It’s what we do best. If you have hardwood floors in Delaware that have seen better days and you want to bring them back to better than new condition, this is the service for you. We absolutely love bringing old, worn out floors like yours to back to life.
Whether you would like a traditional natural look, change up the color to something completely different, use a new hardwax oil finish with specialty pre-treatments, or anything else you are dreaming of… we have the experience and skills to make it happen.
Step 1: Sanding machines ready to go after initial floor preparation is completed
Step 2: First sand to remove the existing finish
Step 3: Finer sanding stages to smooth out floor
Step 4: We do a lot of vacuuming!
Step 5: This is an optional step of staining
Step 6: Floors are coated with your choice of finish
The Refinishing Process
There is a lot involved in restoring a hardwood floor. Below is a brief outline of the major steps involved…
STEP 1: First things first is preparing the rooms and floor to be ready for sanding. We seal off all rooms, set up our dustless equipment, sweep and vacuum, set protruding nails and take care of any repairs needed.
STEP 2: We now start removing the existing finish and take the floor back to bare wood. This involves a number of passes with different grits of sandpaper and uses various sanding machines, including a big belt sander, edger sanders and hand scrapers.
STEP 3: Next, we start the fine sanding stage. The sandpaper used to remove the finish is rough so a finer sandpaper sequence is needed to remove those scratches and completely smooth the floor out.
STEP 4: Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum. Actually, by this time the floor has been vacuumed multiple times, but at this stage of the process it is very important to get any debris of the floor so it doesn’t contaminate the next steps. If you invest in our 100% Dustless Sanding option, then this isn’t as big an issue.
STEP 5 (OPTIONAL): Have you decided to change the color of your floor? In this multi-part step we will water pop your floor and carefully prepare it to be stained. You can read about our optional Staining procedure here.
STEP 6: Your floors are now ready to be coated. Depending on the finish system you choose (see below for a link to an article you should read about finish choices), this process will involve either 1 or 3 coats. In between each coat of our multiple coat systems, the floor is abraded and then thoroughly vacuumed and tacked.
Important Points to Keep in Mind
When it comes to your hardwood floors, you only have a limited number of re-sands possible before the tongue and groove (which keeps them locked together) is reached. Once that limit is reached, it’s not possible to sand your floors anymore and they will need to be replaced.
Because of this, you want to be sure the very minimum amount of wood is removed from the surface as possible to give you the results you want. You don’t want someone coming in and grinding a ton of wood from the surface. Yes, the end result may look good, but you would have just removed years and decades of life from your floors.
We have perfected a system that will give you the beautiful looking results you want, while leaving as much life in your floors as possible. This way, if they need to be restored again many years down the road, you have that option.
There are a number of other things you need to know about the refinishing process. Rather than repeat them here again, you can follow the links below to read them…
Which Finish System Should I Choose?
This report goes in-depth explaining the different finish systems available and helps you decide which one will be the best choice for your particular circumstances.pdfDownload PDF Article
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They brought life back to the floors to the point that I have been asked who I had do my floor installation! They were kind, courteous, and did superb work!Jessica Bunting - Hockessin, DE | Review on Houzz