We Hired Someone to Refinish Our Hardwood Floors
The blog has been quiet for a couple of days because we are tackling some major projects, starting with hardwood floor refinishing.
Our main floor is hardwood including both the front entrance foyer and the kitchen. We purchased our home four years ago and the floors were horribly damaged. The previous owner deducted the cost of new floors from the purchase price and we decided to live with it for awhile.
Choosing the Colour
Turns out our floors aren’t veneer but a good quality 3/4 inch solid maple. Although our floors are extremely worn, the sanding process only takes 1/16 of an inch off the top. This was great news and at $2.90 a square foot a quarter of the cost of putting in new floors of the same quality. On Uptown Hardwood’s recommendation we skipped staining and left the wood colour natural. It allows the grain to show and keeps the room light and airy.
We had to move all the furniture off the main floor. Including the fridge and stove (which we decided to clean in the process). I won’t whine about moving the china cabinet and all the dishes inside it. Okay maybe I whined a little.
We could either remove the baseboards or leave them and paint them after the floors were done. We choose to leave the baseboard attached and repaint them afterwards.
You need to remove all the closet doors.
When we put in the basement gyproc you could write your name inside the entertainment on the top floor. Gyproc dust was EVERYWHERE and it took a couple of months and a furnace/vent cleaning to get rid of the problem.
This time we prepared for dust as much as possible by:
Removing the drapes and artwork.
Covering the main floor light fixtures.
Moving everything in the pantry would be a nightmare so we opted to cover the items instead. Dust wouldn’t hurt the sealed items but what a horrible chore it is to dust everything. We started by cutting plastic bags to fold in and around the pantry boxes etc. Unfortunately we ran out of bags so I finished by tucking the whole shelves behind two large dollar store table cloths.
Stuffing the heat vents with rags.
Finally we sealed the opening to the upstairs floors with tarps and closed the door to the basement in the lower foyer.a
Uptown hardware sanded all the floors with three different grades of sandpaper. This was our first glimpse at the natural wood underneath all that damage.
After sanding they added a fill coat and a sealer coat. They left the first two coats overnight to cure.
Returning the next day the refinisher applied two coats of an extra durable product called Moisture Cure polyurethane. Unlike regular polyurethane it only comes in a glossy finish. but that is the finish I wanted. The Moisture Cure is much more durable and less likely to scratch than regular floor polyurethane. It cost $150 dollars more but is well worth it as this is our dog’s home too.
Don’t Stay Home During the Process
We were able to come an go while they were sanding the floors, but we didn’t hang around. If you want to stay home during this process its noisy but not too bad. Once the refinisher start applying the coatings don’t be in the house. The fumes are incredibly strong even with the masks they wear. We spent two nights in a nearby hotel while the house aired out.
Letting the Floors Cure and Harden
We were told that its alright to walk on the floors after twenty four hours and put the furniture back with scratch guards after 48 hours. The poly takes a week to fully cure.
Hubs is the only one who walking on the floors in the first 48 hours. Were not going to place the furniture back for a week. Were living between the top floor and the garage this week.
We are so excited with our new floors, we love them. We did not ask for or receive a discount or payment from Uptown Hardware Flooring in Edmonton, but I highly recommend them. They were honest and our floors look wonderful without having to replace the wood.
Now that all the furniture is stored were painting ceilings and walls this week.