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floor refinishing is something that can’t be done with your average hand sander

One of the best things about hardwood flooring is its ability to be refinished. If there are stains, scratches, pieces that need replacement or you just hate the existing stain color, you can go through the process of floor refinishing and get a fresh new start. Depending upon the type and thickness of flooring you have will determine how many times you can complete floor refinishing. Because floor refinishing seems like an easy project (sand, re-stain, buff, enjoy) many people feel that floor refinishing is fine to put on their home to-do list. However, there are a few things to consider before you go ahead with your own DIY floor refinishing.

  1. Floor refinishing is messy. Floor refinishing is a messy process that many people aren’t quite sure what to do with once they have started the process. When you have professional floor refinishing done, they know how to keep the mess contained so that dust won’t invade every surface of your home.
  2. It requires specialized equipment. Because floor refinishing is something that can’t be done with your average hand sander, you’ll need to rent the specialized large-scale sanders and buffers plus stain applicators to get the job done right.
  3. It can be done incorrectly. While it seems simple, floor refinishing requires expertise to get the right results. Sanders can eat into floors if you’re not careful, stains can be uneven and you might even get phantom footprints that happen when people walk on unfinished floors.

Before you go through with DIY floor refinishing, come see us at Wright’s Carpet and Flooring!