Hardwood Refinishing Longmont
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Beautiful wood floors are in your future! You’re trying to make a decision about whether to bring your hardwood floors back to life! You're certain that beneath the scratches, the normal wear and tear and maybe even the unwanted stains from a beloved pet - the beautiful floors that once existed are still there. So, let's talk about ways to get your wood floor back in great shape - and make it look like it was originally intended to look.
Over time, hardwood floors get scratched and dull, but unlike other flooring, they can make a comeback. Our ability to help with your hardwood is unending.
Do It Yourself
It's one approach! It will take a lot of time and it is a lot of work and you might want to consider moving out for awhile. And, since you're not seasoned, keep in mind - mistakes will show. The most difficult step is using a drum sander. Most people rent them. They are heavy and difficult to handle. One word of caution, if you spend too much time in one spot, you can mess up the floor. You'll be reminded of that every time you walk by it. So, unless you're a fan of divots in the floor - be very careful.
The process of refinishing a hardwood floor includes a lot of dust and noise. Take care of your lungs and always wear a good mask (like an N95 mask, we all know what that is now). We also recommend ear protection and goggles. Make sure your doorways are sealed - use plastic sheeting. We also recommend turning off HVAC to keep dust circulating down to a minimum.
You're So Buff!
Let's be honest, this is everyone's favorite step! If scratches and wear are very superficial and the wood underneath is in good shape – buffing is the right process to get the floors back in shape. We will use a buffing tool with a series of screen grits to restore the luster of your floor’s topcoat.
Sanding and Refinishing…
This is the opportunity to completely restore your floor. It also gives you the chance to change the color with stain. It is a more arduous process – 40 grit, 60 grit, and 100 grit is used to really get in there. Baseboards need to be removed. And be really careful, the sanding process is the moment that you can mess up the floor. Be careful, you can’t get close to the walls. You’ll need to use an handheld orbital sander for the detailed work.
After sanding, comes the moment you have to fill in any cracks with color-matched wood filler. Apply the stain and allow it to dry. It usually takes a few coats. This is the way to remove age spots, pet spots, scratches, and spills that happened long ago.
The Pros Know
It is not an easy job. Professional wood floor teams use equipment with serious dust remove attachments. It helps cut down on the mess and the discomfort for anyone involved. A lot of people are sensitive to dust, so often that is reason enough to avoid it. If you are comparing pricing, yes – more expensive to let the pros do it. Also a slam dunk to get the results you want.
I Want NEW!
While cost in always a consideration, quality should be tool. Solid flooring is always my top recommendation. If you’re especially picky about the look and you’re considering shopping for unfinished hardwood flooring, keep in mind, a lot of work will be done to achieve the exact stain you want. This isn’t always the recommended approach since there are so many options out there now.
Options (if you’re in the market for new)
So many options for types of wood floors.. From engineered hardwood floors to real hardwood, Engineer wood flooring can be refinished once or twice, but that’s dependent on the thickness of the veneer. Real hardwood stands the test of time.
Pick Your Tree
So many different types of wood! And some of the lesser known ones are making a comeback. Truly, you're choosing from five hardwood species (oak, walnut, hickory, maple, and cherry) are among the most common choices for residential flooring and each has its own properties. Pros and cons to each - whether solid or engineered - and finishing options should be considered. Delve in deep and read up on all different type so that you make the right choice. We draw a lot of tips, inspiration and advice from our relatives who are in the business across the country. Thank you, Hardwood Refinishing Orlando for always being a solid mentor!
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Important Cleaning Steps:
1. Sweep or vacuum the floor with a hard floor attachment to remove loose dirt.
2. Use a wood-safe cleaner with water
3. Mop your floor with the mixture. Try not have excessive water - do not let liquid pool, which can warp and streak wood.
4. Gently scrub stains and shoe marks with a quality cleaner. If there's a stain that's hard to get out, use a toothbrush or sponge. Do not use steel wool or scouring pads to avoid scratches.
5. Rinse the water and enjoy the shine.
Noteworthy: If you're depending on a housecleaning service, be very clear with them about how you expect your floors to be cleaned. Don't leave it up to chance. If you walk them through the correct steps, you know that you've protected your investment.