Things to Consider when Sanding your Hardwood
Obstacle - Furniture can Certainly be an Obstacle When Installing Hardwood & Also During the Refinishing Process
With regards to furniture, any and all items that touch the floor should be moved prior to us arriving to start the refinish process. Unless otherwise noted, we do not move furniture to avoid any risk of damaging your valuables. Some common areas that are forgotten about are your coat closet, pantry floor and first shelve of pantry.
When returning your furniture, attach felt pads to all your furniture. Using felt not only keeps the floor safe from scratches but felt also makes your furniture easy to slide out of the way to reach that outlet. Keeping felt pads clean or changing frequently will help reduce grit build up thus extending the life of our finish. For area rugs we also recommend using felt. Felt for area rugs can be purchased in three or four foot rolls and cut down to size as needed. Do not use rubber as rubber can break down and stain your hardwood.
Ok so by now your probably thinking, what am I going to do with the appliances, right? Well, the good news is, the dishwasher can stay in place. We do not need to remove the dishwasher in order to refinish your hardwood floors. We simply remove the front toe kick cover and sand behind there as much as we can. So that leaves the stove and the refrigerator. These two appliances aren't easy to move. If you are not able to move them yourself we are able to work around them most of the time depending on layout of kitchen and selected stain color.
Please note, that for a perfect sand we will need appliances moved prior to our arrival. If you have a gas stove we recommend you Contact PSNC to disconnect and reconnect your gas stove. As a courtesy for you, assuming we are able that day to move the stove and fridge out, we will. However, we will not return them. Whoever does move your appliances back in, they should be careful not to roll or drag these appliances on the new hardwood floor. They should be lifted and set in placed and never rolled on the fresh polyurethane.
III. Furry Loved Ones Are Great! But Please Remove This Obstacle Prior to Our Arrival
Although we love our pets, our pets need to be thought of as well when sanding and refinishing our hardwood floors for a couple of reasons. Mainly because we are dealing with wet product. Each coat of finish can take up to 4hrs for water and 12hrs for oil to dry.
Choosing a superior water based finish like Bona Traffic HD finish is a great option for homes with medium to large pets. What used to be a full week cure time is now only 48hrs. Now our pets no longer have to stay in unfamiliar kennels for one week. Not to mention the kennel cough you risk attracting. Yuk!
IV. Stain Color - NOT an Obstacle so Long as Your Remember to Preselect Your Favorite 3 Colors You Want to Try Out on Your Floor First
One of the coolest parts of sanding and refinishing your hardwood floors is that you have the opportunity to change the color of your stain. As part of our process we ask that you preselect 3 stain colors from our STAIN CHART.
Simply email ([email protected]) your stain color selections and we will make sure to have them when we come to start sanding your floors. If you are planning to be away during the refinish process, we can do the stain samples before you leave for an extra cost. Otherwise, stain samples are put down on day 1 of the refinish process.