If you have been keeping up with our blog, we have been going over refinishing your hardwood floor in your Dallas home. While new floors are a wonderful option, sometimes the hardwood you have just needs to be restored to be beautiful again. At Texas Hardwood Flooring in Dallas, we want to ensure whether you need installation, refinishing, or repair that your floors will come out looking amazing.
In our last post, we went over the best times to refinish your Dallas floors. In this post, we will be going over the process of refinishing. While we will be taking care of all the hard labor for you, it is always good to be knowledgeable about the process.
Sanding and Prep
This step can make or break your refinished floor. If you are refinishing your floor due to it’s wear and tear, sanding is imperative to bring life back into your flooring. Our expert floor team will be able to decide the type of sanding and the amount of sanding that needs to be done to restore your floor. One way they do this is by determining the grade of sandpaper necessary for your Dallas flooring. After the grit of the sandpaper is decided, then it will be discovered how many times our flooring team will have to sand your floor. Many people are unaware that this is not a one-shot process. Many times the floor may need to be sanded at least twice if not more times. However, this is also dependent on how much love your hardwood floors needs. If you are refinishing your floors just to get that beautiful shine, you may not need too much sanding done. Additionally, sanding is done based on the type of hardwood species as well as the finish you are trying to achieve in your Dallas home.
In the home, we will begin by sanding the larger areas of the floor with a professional drum sander. Once that step is complete, our flooring team will finish by using an edge sander around the smaller areas and perimeter of the area. If necessary, a hand scraping tool will be used to remove the old worn finish from the corners of the room and any other place the edge sander could not reach
After the sanding process has been completed, a sanding screen is applied to the floor. This sanding screen is made of a fine grit silicon carbide. The mixture is able to ensure that the floor is completed even out and sanded to perfection. The way this process is completed is by using a buffing and polishing machine. This is the last step within the sanding process and ensures that the floor will be smooth and the grain will be evened for the application of the finishing.
Once the sanding and screening process is complete, the floor will be vacuumed After, the floor will be tacked, which essentially is coating the floor in a dampened towel to remove any extra dust from the sanding. Once all three steps are completed, it will be time to add the finish to the hardwood floor.
Once you have chosen your polyurethane coating, you can choose how the finishing will look upon your hardwood floor. There are three basic options: natural, stain, or pickling/white. Since there are three types of options, there are three types of ways to finish your hardwood floor.
Natural – the polyurethane coat is applied to a bare wood surface. There will be no staining or coloring prior to this coating, rendering the wood to be a nice amber and honey color. The final color will be determined depending on the type of hardwood species, age, and grade of the floor. The polyurethane will be applied to the entire floor by using a hand brush for the corners and a wool pad for the center.
Satin – When you are wanting a satin finish for your hardwood floor, a stain is applied first and then hand wiped before the polyurethane is used to coat and protect the floor. The satin finish is used to give your floor a darker look and make it more aesthetically pleasing for your Dallas home. Once the stain is placed and hand wiped then the polyurethane can be applied to the floor.
Pickling/White – if you are wanting a whitewashed look for the floors in your home, a white wood stain is hand rubbed on your floor and deep into the grain. Similar to the natural process, the species, age, and grain will affect the overall coloring of your hardwood flooring. If you are wanting a completely white floor a wood bleach is applied before the stain is. The result of wood bleaching leaves the wood looking very white and taking away most of its original color.
Once your choice of finishing is applied, another round of screening will be done to, once again make sure the floor is smooth.
If you have floors in your Dallas home that aren’t up to your standards, but you quite aren’t ready to take the plunge into new flooring, refinishing the beautiful floor you have may be your best solution. If you are really considering this complex process, come to the flooring team you know you can trust. Our team is professional, knowledgeable, and is always here to take care of your hardwood flooring needs. Check back for our next blog, where we will go over different types of polyurethane coating for your floor!