Our Hardwood Refinishing Process
In most cases the hardwood floor refinishing process is straightforward. Remove the old finish and stain and apply new stain and finish. This is often a time-consuming process that can go wrong in many places. Learn more about the hardwood refinishing process below.
The Hardwood Refinishing Process Can be broken into 6 steps:
- Remove the Molding
- Sand the Floors
- Sweep and Vacuum Between Sands
- Dust Removal
- Staining Your Hardwood Floors
- Finishing your Hardwood Floors
1. Remove the Molding
The molding is the quarter-round or other molding at the base of the wall where it meets the floor. It is important to remove this carefully so that nothing breaks and it can be replaced after the floors are completed. Our team carefully uses pry bars to remove molding around your baseboard. If you don’t Have base molding, we will skip this step and begin sanding your floors.
2. Sanding The Floors
This process uses a flooring sander which is specially designed to pull away the finish and stain to reveal the bare wood. During this process, we also uncover any problem areas which can be repaired before the floor is refinished. In some cases, removing the old finish can mean removing shellac and wax that is over 40 years old. This can take time but is essential to fully prepare the floor to accept a new finish.
3. Sweep and Vacuum Between Sanding
Ensuring that we have a clean workspace is essential to providing an excellent quality refinishing product. Our team sweeps and vacuums dust between each sanding step. This ensures that we don’t miss any sections and can completely remove any existing stains or finishes.
4. Dust Removal
Before staining and applying finish to your hardwood floors, our team will perform an extensive dust removal process. This often means cleaning surfaces with a tack cloth and ensuring that no dust can contaminate the stains or finishes.
5. Staining Your Hardwood
Before the old finish is removed, our team will help you choose a new stain and will also help you determine what the best finish is for your home or business. The finish you choose depends on the amount of traffic and regular wear and tear your flooring may see. Once these are decided, and the floor has been brought back to bare wood, our team will begin the staining process by applying the stain you chose for your floors.
6. Applying Finish To Your Hardwood
Once stained, the floors get finished in several coats to provide the maximum level of protection for your floors. There are a variety of wood finishes to choose from. In most cases, we recommend a polyurethane finish, which will stand up to the most wear and tear. However, it may be a better choice to use a water-based finish in some cases. Our team sands the finish lightly in between each coat; this provides a smooth, professional finish that will last for years.
Contact Our Team For Professional Hardwood Refinishing Services
Our team at Professional Floors of St. Louis Inc. offers professional hardwood refinishing, recoating, and sanding services to homeowners across the Greater St. Louis area. Our refinishing services are quick and will have your home, business, or gym back to normal in no time. Schedule a hardwood refinishing appointment by calling 314-843-4348 or fill out our online contact form to have our hardwood refinishing contractors reach out to you.