Most homes build prior to 1960 have hardwood through some, if not all areas of the home. More and more frequently homeowners are removing the carpet from these areas and refinishing the hardwood that lies underneath. This is a longer term solution than carpeting due to aesthetics, health & durability. Whether the wood in your home is two years old or 100 years old, refinishing your hardwood will add real beauty and lasting durability.


Refinishing Step 1:

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Before the floors can be finished, it is necessary to remove all existing base shoe (quarter round), appliances, and of course, furniture. If the areas have been carpeted, most likely you will need to have base shoe installed around the bottom of the room. This piece of trim hides the space between your hardwood and the base trim that is left for the expansion and contraction of your home. Our trim carpenters will arrive prior to sanding to remove the existing base shoe & finalize measures for the new trim that will be necessary to complete the project.

Refinishing Step 2:

 Sometimes in older homes, it is necessary to replace or “sew-in” new wood to the existing hardwood due to water damage, pet stains or areas where previous cold air returns were located. Most of the time there is little to no difference between the new wood and existing wood once the project is completed.

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 On the day the sanding process begins, our crews arrive and prepare the home for sanding. We will plastic off any doorways or areas that are not being refinished. Although we have dustless sanding, occasionally dust can escape into the room. The plastic adds another layer of protection.

Refinishing Step 4:

 The sanding of your hardwood floor involves numerous steps. The sanders start with a more aggressive grit sandpaper to remove the current finish and debris. They make several additional cuts with the sanders, at higher grits, to produce a smooth, even surface. Once the wood is sanded, we trowel the floor with wood fill & let this dry. The next step is to buff the hardwood, tack the floor to remove any debris and apply the first coat of finish. You will need to stay outside of your home this night.

Refinishing Step 5:

 The next step, called the “back to backs”, varies depending on the type of finish you choose. If we are finishing with water-borne polyurethane, we will arrive the next morning, buff and tack the floor, then apply the second coat of finish. The third and final coat of polyurethane is applied within 2-6 hours after the second coat. This is done without buffing in between to maximize the finish layers. You can walk on the floor with stocking feet six hours after the final coat is applied.
 If you choose oil-modified polyurethane, we will need to buff and coat on the 2nd day. Let the floor dry and then buff and spread a final coat on the 3rd day. This option requires you to stay off the floor for three nights.

Refinishing Step 6:

 The following day we will arrive & begin to put your house back together. Appliances will be returned to their places, all base shoe will be installed and any doors that have been removed with be re-hung. We may have removed you toilet or pedestal sink to complete this project. If so, a plumber will need to be called to reinstall these items as our insurance does not cover the installation of plumbing fixtures. We can arrange a plumber for you.

Refinishing Step 7:

 Protecting your hardwood will be the most critical components to keeping your investment looking new. We offer several options for you. We recommend you put sticky felt protection on all furniture. Additionally, we recommend you install wool “tap-ins” to all moving wooden furniture; including chairs, bar stools & ottomans. These wool pads pound into the legs of your chairs and last for several years. Plastic wheels on rolling chairs must be replaced with rubber rolling wheels. Barnum Floors will provide you with a complimentary cleaning kit to get you started caring for your floor properly from the first day. We encourage our customers to enjoy their floors and remember; “this is a floor, NOT a piece of fine furniture”.