Hardwood floors can give a home character, beauty, and of course, serve a function. Like all parts of a home or any building, hardwood floors can wear out over time. Unlike some other parts of a home–such as a roof or windows–sometimes all floors need is a bit of TLC.
How are your hardwood floors looking these days?
Brand new hardwood floors look beautiful, but years of foot traffic, paw traffic, and furniture sliding over the planks can hurt the finish.
The good news: hardwood floors can often be refinished, instead of replaced. This can help homeowners cut down on costs.
The question is: do you hire someone to refinish your floors or do you give it a go?
Do-it-yourself, or DIY, projects can be satisfying, but when it comes to refinishing your floors–especially sanding hardwood floors–you may want to leave it to the pros.
Because let’s face it–for the average homeowner, sanding hardwood floors can be a big hassle. It can be messier, noisier, potentially damaging, and more time-consuming than you might imagine at the start of your project.
That’s why we’re here to help.
Before you try sanding hardwood floors or refinishing your floors, let us help you out with the ultimate floor sanding guide!
Mess is Muss
If you’ve never sanded a floor before, you can’t imagine the amount of dust it creates.
Sanding a floor is traditionally a three-step process, which means you’re sanding and cleaning up, three times.
This is the heavy-lifting part of floor refinishing. If you were going to plant a new garden, you might want to put the seeds in the ground, but you might hire someone to till the soil for you.
Refinishing hardwood floors is the same. Don’t force yourself to do the heavy lifting.
Don’t make the mess in the first place.
A standard household vacuum, if used with the wrong attachment, might do more damage than good to your now-sanded floors.
Our sanding machinery has a built-in dust management system to help keep the area clean. We also clean each site after sanding.
Hiring a team with the right equipment to clean up the mess so you don’t have to breathe it in (and so it doesn’t get sealed in later) can help alleviate this concern.
Sound Pollution with Sanding Hardwood Floors
Even if you’re okay with the mess. And even if you have a shop vac in your basement ready to deal with the copious amounts of dust. There’s still the noise aspect.
Too much time exposed to that amount of sound consecutively can be damaging for your ears.
The right team will come prepared, with the right equipment to protect hearing. What’s more is that we don’t even use the drum sander when we sand hardwood floors.
We use continuous belt machinery, which uses up to 95 decibels. Even though it’s a cleaner, more efficient, slightly quieter type of machinery, it’s still pretty noisy. Without the proper ear protection, you’re setting yourself up for some hearing damage.
Inexperience Can Be Damaging
We’ve seen a lot of floors. Some that could be refinished, and some that had to be replaced.
We always prefer to refinish a floor instead of replacing it, and most of our homeowners feel the same way.
What happens if your attempt at refinishing does enough damage that the floor needs to be replaced?
We mentioned scratches on your hardwood floor earlier. There are other things that can go wrong for inexperienced sanders, including:
- You might sand off too much of your flooring.
- You might not sand off enough of your flooring.
- You might hurt yourself using unfamiliar equipment.
The bottom line is that, like most jobs, the more experience you have, the better the results, and we have over 15 years experience in the industry.
One thing we’ve learned from our experience is how to tell if a floor needs to be refinished in the first place. As a bonus, we’ll share a trick with you to tell if your floors need to be refinished.
Think of the finish on your hardwood floors like an umbrella. If you have an old umbrella that’s falling apart and threadbare, and you go out in the rain, you’re going to get wet.
If, however, your umbrella is brand new, the water will bead and roll away, keeping you dry and safe.
Here’s a quick and easy way to tell if your floors need refinishing:
- Sprinkle a few drops of water onto your hardwood floor.
- If the drops bead, or if they’re slowly absorbed, you don’t need to have your floor refinished just yet.
- If the water droplets are absorbed right away, you need to refinish your floors.
Go ahead and test your floors. We’ll be right here when you come back.
Did you try the test? What happened?
Did the water bead? Was it absorbed quickly? If you’re ready to refinish your floors, but you want some help with floor sanding, it’s time to call the professionals.
If you want to be the one to add new polyurethane to your floors, we understand that taking care of your own home with your own hands can be rewarding.
However, just as you wouldn’t likely replace your boiler on your own because you don’t have the experience working with that machinery, plus lacking the knowledge with the necessary tools of the trade. You don’t need to force the task of sanding hardwood floors onto yourself.
Where your floors are concerned, why leave it to chance when you can leave it to us?
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you get the best looking floors possible.