When well-cared for, hardwood flooring can last for generations. Should there be damage at any point, you can always call on a professional wood floor refinishing service to bring your planks back to their beautiful, original state. Or, if you’re looking to update the appearance of your home, floor refinishing services can turn your planks into something new, exciting, and fresh! Check out our simple step-by-step guide if updating your floors is something you’ve been seriously considering.

Floor assessment

Firstly, a refinisher will come to assess the state of your planks and make sure they can indeed be redone. Normally, the vast majority of woods can be refinished, such as maple or oak. Pine, however, is a little more problematic because it’s a softer wood, but professionals may be able to do it with the proper care and depending on its condition. Also, if the slats have undergone extensive damage or are too worn down, then hardwood floor refinishing may not be an option.

Preparation for sanding

To prepare for sanding, refinishers scan the planks to remove old carpet tacks and fixtures like heating grates. They'll replace any boards that are overly damaged, fill in cracks, and do other necessary repairs. Afterward, they'll clean the floors- dusting and sweeping as much as they can to reveal a pristine floor, which is needed for proper sanding.

Sanding and buffing

Now, they’ll begin sanding by using a drum sander, starting in the middle of the room and moving towards the edges. Expect a lot of sand to fly around, so beforehand, cover doorways and vents with plastic sheets. The goal is to remove the finish layer during the first pass and smooth down any damaged surfaces during the second pass. A third and often final pass will complete the task and smooth out the slats, where the refinishers will buff the wood to perfection.

Applying the finish

Starting at the edges of the space, the finish will be applied in thin, even layers to blend the coats seamlessly into one another. It will take about 24 hours for the first layer of finish to dry completely, a bit less if you’ve chosen to use a water-based finish. When dry, the wood floor refinishing team usually dust mops the surface to make sure it’s perfectly clean, then apply their second coat. Depending on the products used, it can take anywhere from 1-7 days for the finish to dry completely.

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Thinking of redoing your floors for a renovation? Visit our East Montpelier, Vermont showroom for more information on how we can help you figure out your next new look!