What Is Refinishing?
In order to understand this, first of all we’ll look at finishing in floor sanding and restoration. Finishing is basically the process of applying polish or varnish, otherwise known as finishing products, to the sanded floor. The whole point of applying the finishing is to ensure protection of the flooring material for long term aesthetic and functional benefits. Refinishing, therefore, is the process of applying new coats of finish onto the wood or other flooring material. When this is being done, you may choose to also get floor sanding services or simply have the coats applied over the old ones. This decision will be guided by the advice and sentiments of the professional crew that you choose to work with.
How It Is Done
Now that you understand what refinishing is, the next step is to understand how the professionals you work with will do it. Below is a step by step guide of how refinishing is done. That way, you will be able to tell whether your crew is doing it right or you are being taken for a ride.
- STEP 1- Clearing the room
As with any other flooring project, the first step here is getting rid of all the furniture home accessories and carpeting in the room. This allows the crew easy access to the floor.
- STEP 2- Cleaning the floor
Once the room is clear, the next step is cleaning. This may be dry cleaning using a vacuum or wet cleaning with water. When water is used, it is usually because there are stains or other form of dirt that cannot be sufficiently cleaned by vacuuming. In this case, you will also have to wait a while for the floor to dry before moving on to the next step. The reason why cleaning is so important is because it gets rid of debris that may contaminate the worksite during refinishing.
- STEP 3- Floor sanding
When having your surfaces refinished, the floor sanding process might not be as intense as it is with full restoration projects. More often than not, the sanding is done to strip the old layers of finish and prepare the wood for the new coats.
- STEP 4- Vacuuming
Even with dustless floor sanding, you will always have dirt and debris after the third step. These usually contaminate the floor resulting in blotchy and imperfect refinishing. In order to avoid this, it is important for the crew to vacuum after sanding. Alternatively, the vacuuming systems can be attached to the sanders with hoses, and they suck up the dust the moment it is formed. This dustless floor sanding is a faster, more effective and cleaner approach.
- STEP 5- Refinishing
Finally, the new coats of finish are applied onto the wood floor. Most contractors prefer to start with the edges using small hand brushes and windup in the middle with long rollers. This ensures uniform application and long lasting results. After this, the room is left undisturbed for the finish to settle and dry before moving the furniture back in.
- It protects the flooring material for a longer period of time.
- It promotes aesthetic appeal from faded finish to glossy new coats.
- It allows removal of stains
- It facilitates covering up of patches on the floor where the finish wears out due to constant friction or pressure.