Sanding and refinishing your wood floor isn’t that complicated.Vama Flooring
We sand and finish a floor for a couple of reasons.
The Floor hasn't been maintained
Many people don’t realize there is a lot of preventative maintenance that can happen before a floor starts to appear gray and worn.
Water damage can permanently damage a wooden floor rather quickly. A complete loss of a floor can occur if the water isn’t properly mitigated with the right machines.
It's Just time.
Sometimes, there are just too many coats of finish on a floor. Or the floor has had as much preventative maintenance that it can take and needs to be leveled and smooth.
What should (or shouldn’t) you do to prepare?
Move all your furniture. Think about which areas you want sanded. This includes under major appliances – like refrigerators, stoves, and dishwashers.
Be prepared to deal with the smell. All finishes have an odor, some more than others. Think about your pets and children too. If an adult can’t tolerate the odor and VOCs imagine how miserable and unsafe same conditions are for a much smaller living thing.
On top of the smell, your floor has to cure. So visualizing your home, do you have a way between sleeping and eating areas? Is there away to exit the home without walking on newly refinished wood floors? If the answer is no, you might need to consider sleeping somewhere else for a day or two.
We offer a variety of finishes. Each has it’s pro’s and con’s which we’d be more than happy to discuss at anytime. Just ask.
This is the most common finish. We end up using “poly oil” quite a bit. It’s rich and robust as well as easy to use.
Water-based is one of the finishes that is more environmentally friendly. Instead of using oil or acid a carrier, it uses water. The VOC content is much lower than other finishes.
Acid Cured or Swedish Finish
An acid cured (or sometimes known as a Swedish finish) is one of the hardest finishes we can offer. But it is also the most toxic. You’ll be detecting the odor for weeks after we leave your home, but you’ll also have one seriously hard flooring finish and great protection.
There are a lot of brands of oil we can use. We don’t do a lot of these because the durability isn’t as high as one of the previously mentioned finishes. Most people aren’t prepared for the maintenance, but the look of an oil rubbed floor is breathtaking.
While there are more finishes out there. They’re not that common. These are the four that we do the most. We will typically charge more for the last three (water-based, acid cured, and rubbed oil) because the materials cost more, they are more labor intensive, and generally take longer to apply.
What else should be considered?
After your floor is completed, you need to consider a couple of things.
Firstly, we mentioned preventative maintenance earlier. Every year you can have your floor professionally cleaned (just like your carpets). There are a couple of businesses that offer this in our valley. I guarantee no one has done more than we have. We are pioneering wood floor cleaning. After your floors are clean we can offer a new coat of two-component commercially rated water-based finish. Depending on wear, you can coat your floor additionally every 5 – 10 years. We don’t have to clean and coat your floor, we can also abrade and coat. Either way, you need to put a new layer of finish (or protection) every 5 – 10 years. (Some people need it sooner and I’ve seen some cases where homeowners have made their coats last 20 years)
NEVER USE OIL or WAX-based cleaners. Orange-Glo or Murphy’s Oil Soap cause serious problems for future maintenance. Use a wood floor cleaner like Bona, Squeaky or Glitsa.
Be careful with furniture over your floors until they are fully cured and get felt on your chairs.
Don’t stick adhesives on your new floor like painters tape they can bond to your new finish and pull it right off when removed.
Keep your animals off for the first couple days. Even the smallest animal can put all their weight on a couple of claws. Combine that with the dynamic pressure added while they are ripping around a corner and that equals a very high PSI rating behind a single claw that can rip threw any type of finish.
Don’t replace your rugs for a couple of weeks. Your new floor needs to breath and your rugs wont let this happen – resulting in a rug-line.