The Sanding...of a wood floor and the subsequent application of stains & finishes is an art not a science. You cannot succeed by reading about it. You have to have done it before. There are endless numbers of horror stories to drive home the point. The consumer must insist upon the involvement of a professional with experience, reputation, and the latest equipment available.
Waterborne Urethane Finishesare durable hardwood floor finishes. They are non-yellowing and will not change color over time, highlighting the true beauty of the wood. Waterborne urethanes are environmentally friendly with low VOC's. With no toxic fumes, you don't have to move out of the house during the refinishing. Your floor can be walked on with stocking feet in two to three hours, and furniture can be placed (not dragged) in forty-eight hours. Drying times may vary. Area rugs can be put down in one week when the finished is fully cured.
What to ExpectIt is the homeowner's responsibility to remove all furniture from the room before we arrive to start work. Insurance policy prevents us from moving furniture. For new installation, the wood needs to acclimate, which will vary from a few days to a few weeks. Be prepared for some noise and disruption.
Most stains dry in a few hours (depending on humidity levels) and waterbase urethanes dry in about two hours (depending on humidity levels). Light foot traffic after the first few hours if needed, furniture can be put back in the room after forty-eight hours, and area rugs about one week.
Natural ColorYour floors are sanded down to the bare wood using a course, medium, and fine sand paper. Floors are then buffed/screened, vacuumed and tacked and one coat of sealer is applied. When the sealer coat is dry, we then buff/screen, vacuum, and tack in between each additional coats of urethane to insure proper adhesion and smoothness.
Stained ColorFloors will be sanded down to the bare wood using a course, medium, and fine sand paper. Floors are then buffed/screened, vacuumed and tacked and 1 coat of stain is applied. (Several samples of stain will be applied to the floor so you may choose a color) when the stain is dry, 1 coat of sealer is applied. When the sealer coat is dry, we then buff/screen, vacuum and tack in between each additional coat of urethane to insure proper adhesion and smoothness.
LustreSatin finish - Has some sheen, but is the least shiny. Does not show as many scuffmarks or scratches. It is the most popular. Semi-Gloss - Has a shiny finish. Gloss - Is the shiniest of the finishes, shows more scuffmarks, scratches, and imperfections in the floor.