Utah's Dustless Hardwood Floor Refinishing and Sandless Hard Wood Refinishing - Why are they Different?
If you are looking to refinish your wooden floors, then you may have some questions. Many of our customers want to know about "dustless sanding" and "sandless refinishing" and all the various jargon people use to describe the different ways to renew their wooden flooring. There are a bunch of different gimmicks and semantics involved, so lots of our hardwood floor refinishing Utah customers become confused.
Refinishing Your Hardwood Flooring- Different Options
Most people have learned that when your wooden floors have become worn or the finish is lost then you have to refinish them. As such, the normal practice was that you always had to sand down the floors. However, depending on what you want to do and the condition of your floors, you may not have to go through all that trouble. Below, we will go over the different options to get your floors refinished to look great!
Full Dustless Hard Wood Floors Refinishing Through Sand Down and Re-stain: Step-By-Step
Step 1: Sand The Floor
- First, we come in with our specialized sanding machine and sand the floors down about 3 times. Each time you sand, you use a progressively finer grit. The first one strips most of the old finish out and gets down to "new" wood. Then the next one takes out most of the large gouges from the first pass. Finally, the last pass makes the floor smooth and ready for a finish coat. When we are done sanding the wood looks almost exactly like it did when the floors were first installed.
Step 2: Color Change
- Second, we need to deal with the color. At this point, many of our customers request a new stain color or to go with a natural coloring as coating. Many of our customers are surprised that you can change the color of the floors. Most of the time it will work out. We are able to take a look at the floors and determine what would work best for your particular situation. There are literally hundreds of different stain colors that you can choose if you want to change your floor color. We can help you to figure out which ones will work best with your particular hardwood. Since every floor is different due to the fact that all wood species take stain differently, and the age and density of the wood also affect how the stain is absorbed, it is important to try different possibilities. The way a stain looks on a wood chip will be totally different than when you put it on your floors.
Step 3 Re-Coat and Re Seal
- Third, and finally, is to add a polyurethane topcoat. Well, actually, it is more like 2 or 3 coats! Most of the polyurethanes on the market today require a 24 hour period for each separate coat to cure. After the second coat, and each successive coat, then we screen, also known as buffing, the floors before applying the next one. With the polyurethane coat, we will help you to select the best finish that will achieve the look you want. There are a few different sheens: Gloss, semi-gloss, satin, and matte. Depending on the decor and aesthetic you are trying to achieve, we can show you how the different sheens will look.
So, most of the time, when someone calls us, the floors are too badly damaged to go with our less intrusive methods of refinishing. but the only way to know, is to ask us for a free quote.
Sandless Hardwood Floor Refinishing Utah Homes
As the name implies, "Sandless Refinishing" for your wooden flooring is a whole different ball game from dustless Refinishing. So in this case we don't take our big sanding machine to the floors. This is a much less intrusive and less complicated process. Basically, it has 2 steps.
- Step 1. We come and use our special buffing machine with a screen on it that will rough up the top layer of your floors. We do this so that we can give the new topcoat something to grab on to.
- Step 2. We take a new coat of Polyurethane and coat it leaving your floors looking great.
Now, a couple things to remember on this.
- You will not be able to change the color of your wood floor. Many of our customers don't realize that the sandless hardwood flooring refinishing won't allow them the change they want in the lower intrusive process. So if you want to change your hardwood colors, we will have to do the full-blown process, but don't worry, we can get you a price on it. Since we don't sand down through the color layer, you will have the same color floors as when you started.
- If you have places where the floor is scratched all the way through the color, or some areas where the floors have become more grey, the sandless refinishing isn't going to help, and you will need to go with the full sand and refinish.
- Sometimes you may not need this method and we can use our new deep cleaning and re-coat service. see below.
Workman Flooring Announces a Revolutionary Sandless Hardwood Floor Refinishing Technique.
Our Clean & Coat service is a great way to maintain your wood floor. It is the fastest and most affordable option that we offer. But here is the thing – your floor has to in good condition for this option to work. If your floors are really worn out, than you will need to look at normal hardwood floor refinishing for your Utah Home.
Here is a picture that illustrates what the cleaning does.
Contaminants abrade the floor between your feet and the finish. Cleaning your floor will make it last longer and look great. Most floors can be cleaned, but not all floors can be coated afterwards.
This second picture illustrates my point. After a floor is cleaned, we can then apply finish. The finish is a barrier, not a solution to deep scratches or gouges
So then why coat your floor? Regular maintenance with cleaning and coating can make your floor last a lifetime. Most floors that we sand and finish have a life of approximately 7 years. This is so short for the investment that homeowners have made. Make your flooring investment last for the life of your home. Don’t let your finish wear off – it’s what protects the wood. We can give you a free quote to re-finish your Wooden Floors.