Hardwood floor refinishing is a messy, tedious, and time-consuming process. Many a DIY-er has attempted this project with the intention of saving money over professional hardwood floor refinishing, only to total up receipts at the end of the long and difficult project to see that they spent just as much money doing it themselves as they could have by hiring a professional. This doesn’t even take into account the value of their time, and the fact that a floor refinished by a pro is more durable, more beautiful, and leaves a much less dusty house than one that is refinished by most homeowners themselves. In Milwaukee, this is a job you should trust to the pros at My Affordable Floors.
Let’s take a look at what goes into a hardwood floor refinishing job, and why it’s best left to the experts:
Remove the old finish and fix imperfections
This first step is where things typically go wrong for the DIY homeowner. A common scenario plays out when a new homeowner pulls up carpeting to reveal hardwood below, and then goes to work removing the carpet completely. He or she then rents a floor sander, deciding on either a belt sander, which can be difficult to get the hang of and could result in floor damage, or an orbital sander, which is easy to use but less effective. After the first few attempts at sanding the old finish off result in quickly clogged sandpaper, the homeowner realizes he or she will need to strip the old finish, then sand, and then refinish. Costs are quickly piling up, the homeowner wishes he or she would have hired a pro, and we haven’t even got to the dusty part yet.
My Affordable Floors has over two decades of experience as professional floor refinishers serving the Wisconsin/Illinois area, and we’re proud of our company’s reputation for providing affordable, high-quality hardwood floor refinishing services. We’ve seen it all, and we can quickly identify the best way to remove existing finish and get it done right, quickly and effectively. Our Ultra-efficient HEPA vacuums remove 95% of dust from the air as we sand, leaving your house nearly spotless when the job is complete. This aspect of our service simply can’t be matched by a homeowner with a shop vac; do it yourself and get ready to dust your home daily for weeks.
When it comes to fixing imperfections in existing flooring, we’re on top of it. We’ll find the old dents and dings in the flooring, old cuts from carpet knives, and water damage, and repair it at this critical stage of the refinish job. Most DIY-ers would miss many of these imperfections in the sanded flooring, and only see them after the finish is applied, leading to a real head-slapping moment.
In our next post, we’ll continue our guide to hardwood floor refinishing with floor preparation and applying the finish.
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