Discover Hardwood Flooring & Design specializes in the restoration and refinishing of preexisting hardwood floors. It’s important to know what to expect before having your hardwood floors refinished. Please review the information below and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any additional questions or concerns
Before we begin work on your project, all items need to be removed from the rooms being refinished, including long curtains, vertical blinds, and pictures and art from the walls. Don’t forget to empty closets and pantries and we recommend that you remove items from kitchen counters. The homeowner is responsible for removing and relocating all furniture. If needed, we can provide the names of a few local moving companies.
We utilize the latest technology in dust containment, Hepa filtration vacuum systems, to provide you with a virtually dust free refinishing process. Whether restoring your existing hardwoods or installing new custom site finished floors, our advanced equipment allows us to provide our customers with cleaner contracting services
You will be able to choose a stain color and type of finish before we begin. A certain amount of odor is associated with the floor finish and stain. Oil based finishes will require pets and humans to be absent from the premise while the products are being applied and during the initial dry time. If you are looking for a more modern, clearer, eco-friendly yet durable finish, we strongly recommend Pallmann Waterborne Acrylic Urethane.
Waterborne finishes have a faster drying time and lower odor than oil based finishes. No matter which finish you choose, proper ventilation is key to returning to your home after your floors are complete.
Hardwood floor refinishing can be an aggressive process. We strongly recommend that painting be done after the floors are completed. We take every precaution to avoid excessive dust, as well as damage to any existing trim in your home however, there is a certain amount of touch up painting that can be expected. Touch ups are typically needed around door casings, baseboards and shoe moldings.
After your floors are completed, you will need to take a few extra precautions while the finish is curing. Over the next two weeks, the finish will go through a curing process where it progressively hardens until it is fully cured. We recommend waiting a minimum of 12-24 hours before re-entry on Waterborne finished floors and 24-72 hours for Oil based finished floors. Remember to never drag furniture or appliances when refurnishing the rooms, always lift and place in position, and avoid laying down area rugs until the curing process is completed.
Proper care, cleaning and preventative maintenance will significantly add to the life of your refinished floors. It’s important to understand that all wood floors will eventually show signs of wear. Periodically recoating your floors is recommended and should always be done by a professional. This process adds additional finish to your floors, prolonging the need to re-sand. Please visit our maintenance page for more care tips or stop i to our showroom offering a complete line of cleaning accessories.