Most sanding work will take a minimum of three days, though more time may be required if you require finishing. Pastel and dark-colored stains will take extra time to dry, as will any finishes with a water base.
We will show you stain colors as soon as we've sanded some of your floor. For best results, have a picture of a floor you like or a color that you want. If you can show us an approximate color, we gave give you a smaller number of shades to choose from and it will be easier for you to make a choice.
We have 100% dustless machinery available for dust-free floor installations.
Please note that our machines require 220 volt outlets. If your home doesn't have them available, don't fret — we will safely run wiring from your fuse box or circuit breaker to power our machines. This way, we won't have to interrupt the electricity in your home.
When we sand a floor, we take any existing stain and finish off, level the floor by sanding it flat, shaving about 1/32" of wood. Most 3/4" floors can be sanded up to six times as long as the job is handled by professionals. With proper care, hardwood floors should easily last more than 100 years, making them a long-lasting investment in a home.
We begin the sanding process with a belt sander at the middle of the floor, a circular sander for the edges of the floor, and hand scrapers for the corners. The final step is finer sanding using a buffer with a screen.
We use various grits of sandpaper to achieve the desired results for your floor. This depends on the type of wood and finish. On a red oak floor, for instance, we start with 36 grit sandpaper, moving to finer grits until we reach 100 for the last sand. The goal is to completely remove the old finish and flatten the floor.
Scraping is the final step before stain or finish is applied. This is done by hand with a very sharp paint scraper to plane the wood along the edges and corners of your floor. After the scraping is finished, screening is performed with a buffer. This has a 100, 120, or 150 grit screen and works like a drywall sanding screen. The buffer smoothes the floor evenly, blending the floor's surface evenly. This process is repeated after every coat of finish.
A stain is an oil-based liquid that seals and colors your new wood floor. Applying a stain is done by hand, utilizing a trim brush around the edges and cotton cloths along the rest of the floor. After each application, excess stain is wiped off. Typically we use steel wool to remove excess stain, smooth and seal the floor.
When finish is applied, steel wool is not used — instead, the screening process is used between coats.
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