The choices today for refinishing your wood floors are
Here are all the ways you can bring your wood floors back to
Sand and Finish
Using a variety of sanding machines and abrasives, the
sander will remove a portion of the top of the floor. They
then stain the floor, seal and finish it.
Pros: If a floor is heavily damaged, this
is your best chance to get down to fresh wood and start
Cons: Sanding produces a large amount of
dust, and that dust is carcinogenic. “Dust from sanding” is
considered “a known human carcinogen” according to the FDA’s
website. The downtime from sanding is up to a week. There
also can be a lingering odor for up to three months.
Sanding is an expensive process as well.
Description: Using a variety of sanding
machines and abrasives, but with a vacuum attached, the
sander will sand the floor in the same way as with sand and
finish work, but with less dust.
Pros: There is less dust left behind to
cleanup than with a traditional sanding.
Cons: No matter what, the vacuums can’t
pick up all of the dust. Even with the best machines
available, there is always “fine dust” that gets into the
air and that dust is carcinogenic.
Using a floor buffer with an abrasive pad, the floor will be
etched so that the urethane will adhere for a new finish.
Pros: This is a faster service than a
traditional sand and finish or dustless refinishing.
Cons: There is no guarantee that the
finish will adhere to the floor. If it peels, it could take
up to a year and a half to start peeling, and once it
starts, it will continue to peel until the floor is sanded.
Using a floor machine and various abrasives the floor is
etched while using a wet non-toxic solution as a buffer.
Anything that comes off the floor stays contained in the
solution. Once that is picked up from the floor, there is
nothing to clean up.
The service can be complete in just hours with multiple
coats of sealer and finish applied. Unlike all of the other
methods of refinishing, there is nothing to clean up at
all. There are no odors left behind, the products that are
used are certified green and therefore safe for kids and
pets. Since it takes hours and not days, the labor costs
are much lower and therefore the price of service is less
than the other refinishing methods.
It does not remove dents or gouges from a floor.