If your hardwood floors have lost their shine and sheen, they may need to be refinished. Refinishing your hardwood floors is a process that often takes a few days and sometimes up to a week to complete, depending on how much hardwood flooring you have as well as well as how extensive the damage is to your floors:
#1 Furniture Will Need To Be Moved
In all the rooms where the floors are being refinished, the furniture will need to be moved. That means in your kitchen, the stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator all need to come out. Literally, all the large furniture that touches the floor will need to be moved.
Since refinishing hardwood floors create a lot of dust through the sanding process, it is generally a good idea to remove everything from the walls as well and seal up the cupboards so that your other items don't get all covered up in dust.
#2 Floors Will Be Sanded First
Before your floors are refinished, the contractor will first sand down all of your floors. This is a noisy and often very dirty project that will put thin particles of wood dust in the air. After your floors are sanded, your contractor will then need to fix any damaged areas that they were not just able to sand out.
Once all the damaged is fixed, your contractors will have to clean up all the dust from the floors and walls before going onto the next steps. They have to clean to ensure that the dust doesn't get in the new stains and coatings that they will put down.
#3 Multiple Layers Of Stain Will Be Put Down
Next, multiple layers of stain will need to be applied to your floor. This is where you have the opportunity to change or adjust the shade of your floors if you don't like how they look.
These stains are generally very odorous, and you should only be around them when they are being applied if you are wearing a breathing mask. Drying time will be necessary between each layer of stain that is applied, and generally, around two to three layers of stain are required.
#4 Polyurethane Will Be Used To Seal Your Floors
Finally, in order to seal your floors and protect the new stain and ensure that they don't get dinged up, a seal will be applied to your floors. This sealant is typically made out of polyurethane, which also has a very strong smell to it. Once again, multiple layers will need to be applied to really protect your floors.
Refinishing your floors will make them look like new. However, it is a messy and often smelly project that also requires that all of your belongings be moved out of the spaces that are being refinished. It may be healthier and safer to stay with friends or rent a hotel room while your wood floors are being refinished.
Contact a company like Monterrey Tile Company for more information and assistance.