• David Bowman

Hardwood Floor Refinishing - When to Sand and Not to Sand

Updated: Feb 28

Hardwood floor refinishing should not be regarded as just any DIY task. Although it doesn't have to be rocket science, it should be treated as a serious project. If you desire to keep your hardwood looking good for years to come, taking care of your floors should be done at regular intervals, whether by you or by a professional. For example, If you have just moved into a new house and have just had hardwood floors installed, it is advisable to have your floors protected afterward.

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Proper maintenance and care will help ensure that your beautiful investment goes a long way.


There are many reasons why you should hire professional hardwood floor refinishing services. First, it is important to get quality work done. You do not want to have to spend money on damaged wood floors again in a few years because the unprotected surface incurs large scratches and scuffs. Refinishing hardwood floors can last years provided that you perform regular maintenance on them through-out the year. If you want your hardwood flooring to look new and appealing then just like anything else, you should consider a maintenance plan.


When To Sand or Not to Sand - That is the Question

There are several methods when it comes to hardwood floor restoration. One is a more aggressive approach where the professionals will sand badly scratched floors. The other is what we call in the industry the sandless method, and this is a better option for wood floors that don't necessarily require sanding. It's best to first have a sandless professional look at your floors as they will know whether the sandless refinish method is a good fit for your floors. It could save you a considerable amount of money by first seeking the opinion of a sandless refinishing service. Sanding isn't always the necessary choice. So one of the major reasons homeowners should consider hiring professional refinishing services early on is to protect the floors and avoid deep scratches that can happen over time and may require sanding. Sanding hardwood flooring literally shears off layers of wood to get down past the deep scratches. However, If sanding is unnecessary, it should be a last resort and only for heavily damaged floors.


When Sanding May Be Necessary

Professional Sanders is pretty much required for damaged hardwood floors that have not been protected and left exposed over time. An example would be If you have had water damage on your floors, then this can potentially be restored by a professional sanding process or plank replacements. Water damage can be caused by a leaky pipe or faulty equipment. A professional will have the tools and the knowledge required to completely remove any type of water damage from your floor. They will also ensure that any sanding you need to do is done thoroughly and evenly. In some cases, sanding hardwood floors is the best option.


DIY Hardwood Floor Refinishing and the Right Equipment

Homeowners who want to refinish their hardwood flooring themselves will need to assess whether they have the right equipment for the job and whether a sandless method is appropriate. You don't have to run out and buy new equipment to get the job done, some hardware stores have equipment that you can rent by the day. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you should always check to see what chemicals are best for the type of hardwood you have. Take your time and learn the exact process for preparing your floors including what may be needed to remove old residue before applying a refinisher.


Many homeowners are under the false impression that sanding is absolutely necessary to remove old finishes and wax that has built up over time. This is absolutely not true. In many cases, a professional hardwood floor refinisher can use a sandless method to restore light scratches and scuffs. Truman Steemers specializes in the sandless method for restoring hardwood floors and can save you money by utilizing their free no-obligation estimate.


Truman Steemers Can Bring Back the Deep Rich Colors & Shine

Deciding on a sandless method has many benefits, and you will notice a big difference in color for your floor. After the process is all done, It is best to let your floors cure before moving furniture and other heavy traffic activities; this allows the wood to absorb as much of the new finish as possible.


Hardwood floor refinishing can often seem like a daunting task. However, with proper planning and preparation, having a sandless professional hardwood floor refinishing service should only take between 2 to 6 hours. If you are still unsure about how to begin your refinishing, you can contact Truman Steemers with any questions you might have. They will be happy to show you the process and answer any questions that you have. In no time at all, you will have a beautiful floor to walk on that you can be proud of.

Truman Steemers services many areas including the Alpharetta Georgia area.




The below video is an example of Truman Steemers' "Clean and Recoat" process. Enjoy!


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