Q. How do I know if my hardwood floors need sanding?
A. After a few years wood floors may become uneven and can lose the lustre of the finish in high traffic areas. Older finishes can change colour over time and have a yellow or orange look to them. There may also be scratches, gouges, or you may want to change the color of your stain. Some floors may not require a complete removal of the old finish, depending on the age and amount of wear, they may only need to be reconditioned. This process is faster and less expensive than a complete sanding and can protect and revive the luster to your floors.
Q. How long will the process take?
A. The total square footage and which finish you choose will determine how long the work will take.
Most jobs take 3-4 days to complete. There is usually one day of sanding followed by a few mornings of applying the finish. To get an idea on how long your particular job may take, call us with the number of rooms and their general sizes, or you can schedule a free in home estimate
Q. What do I need to do before my floors are refinished?
A. All furniture, carpeting, drapes, wall hangings, and kick-knacks should be removed. All nails or staples from carpet removal, must be pulled from the floor. Flooring machines create noise and vibration and could cause items to rattle & fall. Pets should be moved to somewhere out of the way where they will be happy. Also all the furniture has to be moved to another
area of the house.
Q. I want to pull up my carpets and have the floors refinished. Is there anything I should know before I start?
A. For your safety, wear a dust mask. You are likely to stir up lots of stuff that you don’t want to breathe.
Take care to remove all staples, and to avoid damaging the floor. Some stains may be visible after the carpet has been removed. Black, or gray stains are usually caused by water, or pets. They often go deep into the wood, and may not completely come out.
Q. How dusty will it be?
A.Sanding is just not a dust-free process, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. We attached vacuum on our edger and the dust bag on the drum sander is very efficient. No matter what you do, there will still be a layer of fine dust on horizontal surfaces and an even finer layer sticking to your walls. This is easily removed with a sponge and warm water. If you are sanding your kitchen it is a good idea to either pack away all food and dishware or cover the cupboards and pantry with plastic.
Q. How bad will the smell and fumes be?
A. If you are getting your floor stained then there will be a little bit of smell but no worse than the smell of paint.
Q. When is it safe to move furniture back in?
A. Depending on humidity conditions, usually the next day would be fine and area rugs will have to wait one week (7 days).