As the trend toward restoring older homes continues, more and more people are turning to our hardwood floor refinishing service to renew their beloved floors. Hardwood floors provide years of low maintenance beauty, yet they are relatively affordable and easy to restore. With our low prices, hardwood floor refinishing with Fabulous Floors Raleigh is one of the most affordable services in the industry. Refinishing your floors rather than replacing them completely can save thousands of dollars and increase the property’s value.
The Hardwood Floor Refinishing Process
STEP 1: Remove Carpet
We use a putty knife to remove carpet or carpet remnants, if there are any. Our technicians are trained to follow the natural grain of the wood in a way that doesn’t gouge or scratch the wood. We use a chemical solvent can to speed the process and then we get rid of the leftover carpet staples with the help of our handy needle nose pliers. Once existing flooring materials have been cleared, the hardwood floor refinishing can begin.
STEP 2: Sand
Our dustless sanding process ensures that a minimal amount of dust is created as we prepare your floors for staining. We start sanding with the coarsest grit of sandpaper and perform three passes, using a finer grit each time. We are careful to move with the grain of the wood as much as possible and keep the sander moving at a steady pace to avoid uneven patches. Since corners are often sanded too much as the machine passes over them repeatedly and there will always be awkward patches where the sander can not reach, the only choice is to do these patches by hand, using the same progression of coarse to fine sandpaper described above. Once the floors have been sanded three times, and we can see the bare wood, they are ready to be prepared for staining.
STEP 3: Stain
After selecting a stain matching your taste, we will apply the stain using a circular motion and in an even coat to avoid any color inconsistencies. If after the first application the stain is too light, we repeat until the desired color is attained. Buffing is the next step. We use a tack cloth to clear away dust and debris, and the floors will be ready for their first coat of polyurethane.
STEP 4: Finish
We apply the polyurethane using a mop-like tool or a pad applicator. Once the recommended drying time has elapsed we repeat the above process twice more, making three coats of polyurethane in all. After you let your floors dry for about 24 hours, the process is complete and your hardwood floors are ready to take on the daily foot traffic they were designed for.
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