As more and more people are restoring older homes, many of these people are turning to our professional hardwood floor refinishing service to renew their floors rather than replacing them. Hardwood floors are beautiful, low maintenance, and are relatively affordable and easy to restore. Because we keep our pricing low and we aim for the most competitive completion times, you can count on Fabulous Floors Charleston to deliver the finest hardwood floor refinishing services in Charleston, SC, and the surrounding areas. Also, refinishing your floors rather than replacing them completely can save thousands of dollars and increase the property’s value.
The Hardwood Floor Refinishing Process
STEP 1: Remove Carpet
First, we remove any remaining carpet by scraping the bonded pads by hand with a putty knife. We take care to follow the grain of the wood and not to gouge it as we scrape. We use a chemical solvent can speed the process and we remove the leftover carpet staples with needle nose pliers. Once existing flooring materials have been cleared, the hardwood floor refinishing can begin.
STEP 2: Sand Nicks & Scratches
Our dustless sanding process ensures that a minimal amount of dust is created as we prepare your floors for staining. We start sanding with the coarsest grit of sandpaper and perform three passes, using a finer grit each time. Our technicians are talented and respectful when working on the floors and they’ll be sure to move with the grain of the wood as much as possible. This helps to avoid uneven patches and ensure a spectacular finish. Since corners are often sanded too much as the machine passes over them repeatedly and there will always be awkward patches where the sanding machine cannot reach, the only choice is to do these patches by hand, using the same progression of coarse to fine sandpaper described above. Once the floors have been sanded three times, they are ready to be prepared for staining.
STEP 3: Staining
We then apply the stain color you’ve selected in a circular motion, which includes a seal coat. We’re always sure to apply the stain evenly to avoid any color inconsistencies. The process is not finished until the desired color is attained. After buffing the floor, we use a tack cloth to clear away dust and debris. At this point, the floor will be ready for the first coat of polyurethane.
STEP 4: Finishing
The polyurethane is applied using a mop-like tool or a pad applicator. We apply two coats of polyurethane to lock in the stain color and add that special finished look. After a 24 hour drying period, the hardwood floor refinishing process is complete. Your beautiful, renewed hardwood floors will then be ready to handle the regular traffic and daily demands that are placed upon them.
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