There’s nothing like the feeling of seeing a wood floor coming back to life, but refinishing is no job for the faint at heart or any non-professional, for that matter. Do yourself a favor and call for service.

The tools alone are intimidating

Three tools are used when refinishing a wood floor but for the non-professional, who also doesn’t like power tools, it can be terrifying.

Tools include:

  • Drum sander.  It is heavy, powerful and hard to control. In perspective, drum sanders use 220 electrical volts, as opposed to the typical ones here of 110. 

Just stopping for a short pause, spending a second too long in an area or even dropping it can cause gouges so deep that the only fix will be to replace the wood.

Don’t even think to yourself, “So what?  I’ll just use that orbital sander in my workroom.”  It doesn’t have the capability needed for the job.

Dust sanders are loud and, while they do absorb most of the dust, there’s still some that will get all over your house. The professional knows how to remove all that dust efficiently; it will land on the finish and cause bumps.

  • The Edger. The dust sander gets at most of the floor except a two-inch border around the walls.  Edgers weigh about 55-pounds and are pretty tough to navigate around small spaces.

  • The polisher. Another heavy piece of machinery, the polisher is used to buff, remove dust and smooth imperfections.

The biggest rookie mistake:

Rush the drying time. This stands to reason for the non-experienced person who will most likely be much slower at the job than a professional and just wants it finished, with the room put back in order.  It takes several days for it to dry, even when it feels it to the touch. If you start moving furniture back in or walking on it, indentations will occur, and the final result will be less than desirable.

For more information, come into Delair’s Carpet Barn in East Montpelier, Vermont.  We service East Montpelier, Morrisville, Stowe and Waterbury.  Ask about our estimates.