Before any floor sanding takes place, the area being restored needs to be properly prepared. Any nails sticking up are hammered down and any wood flooring repairs needed are taken care of. Then the hardwood floors are swept, vacuumed and the floor sanding equipment is set up. If ripping up carpet on steps, recognize that you will need to paint the stair risers and stringers (as well as spindles)
Once the customer's hardwood flooring is prepped, the sanding begins. We use specialized sanding equipment like belt sanders and edgers. Different sandpaper grits are used depending on the condition and type of hardwood floor. The super-dustless floor sanding equipment (optional) is set-up. The goal is to remove the existing finish and take the hardwood floor back to bare wood. Please be prepare for some noise and disruption.
When the floor is down to bare wood, the fine sanding stages begin. The rough sanding marks from the first few passes need to be removed. Each pass is done with higher grit sandpaper to end up with a beautifully smooth, finely sanded surface. If we have done a new wood floor installed for you, it's during this stage where we fill the floor with putty.
If you want to change the color of your wood floor, this is the stage where we apply pre-color treatments or stains. When you're searching for floor refinishing companies here in Long Island and, make sure they are competent in doing custom flooring and staining. This part of the flooring project can go wrong very quickly if the refinishing company doesn't have the proper skills.
After all the hardwood floor sanding with the machines is complete, we add Water-based or Oil-based Polyurethane layers for better protection. Click here https://woodflooringmasters.com/faq-1/f/water-based-or-oil-based-polyurethane to see differences between Oil-based and Water-based Polyurethane
It’s time to apply the finish (Satin, Semi-Gloss, or High-Gloss). The number of coats and time this will take will depend on the finish system you decide on. Multi-coat finishes need to have the hardwood floor abraded between coats. Then they are carefully tacked and vacuumed to remove any debris, ensuring a contaminant-free surface.