Although wood floor refinishing is something you may be able to do yourself, there are many reasons hiring a professional could be beneficial. As a flooring company, we’ve fixed many flooring mistakes. In some cases, we’ve even had to replace flooring after a DIY refinishing project went wrong. Here are some things to know about refinishing floors.
There are Two Types of Refinishing
There are two wood floor refinishing processes. Neither of them is considered dustless. One is sometimes referred to as rescreening or buff and refinish. This creates the least dust. The other type of refinishing is called a total refinish. This creates the most dust. The differences between the two processes are significant. If you simply have some surface scratches but are happy with your flooring overall, rescreening may be a good option for you. However, if you’re looking at removing deeper scratches or want to change the color of your flooring, this will require a total refinish.
You’ll Need to Prep Your Home
Although some flooring companies will work with varying degrees of preparation, you’ll need to do some work before your refinishing. For example, you’ll need to move all the furniture away from the floors being refinished. This could require furniture storage in a separate location. If you have built-ins and don’t want to clean them (and everything on them) after the wood floor refinishing process, you should cover them completely. The same goes for your kitchen cabinets. Unless you plan on wiping them down (perhaps even inside), you’ll want to cover as much of your cabinets and countertops as possible.
Understand the Timeline
Rescreening and total refinishing take different amounts of time. Depending on the process you choose and the topcoat your flooring company uses, you may not be able to walk on your flooring for several days. You may want to consider temporarily relocating for a few days to avoid the odor of the newly refinished floors. Talk to your flooring company about the process and their recommendations regarding the amount of time you need to wait before moving your furnishings back in without risk of damage.
Seer Flooring Offers Wood Floor Refinishing
We can often restore hardwood flooring and can even refinish some engineered wood flooring. We will help you make the best decision for your home based on your budget, lifestyle and other factors. Because we’re experienced and A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau, you can trust that we’ll do the job promised. Call us today at (727) 469-7963 or fill out our contact form for your free quote.