Hardwood Floor Sanding– Few Steps Your Contractor Will Try to Skip

Sanding a hardwood floor? This is where your flooring contractor will try to cut some corners.

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So, you finally decided to sand that old hardwood floor.

You shopped around for a little while, took some free estimates, did some research on the subject and eventually chose the contractor for your hardwood floor sanding project.

He probably came to your house, showed you some samples, talked about your options, told you how hard he is willing to work, until 9 pm, if necessary etc.

He seems like a reasonable guy, he has good references and his price wasn't that bad after all.

But, is he really gonna deliver on all his promises?

Is he actually going to take all the necessary steps to make sure you will get to enjoy that elegant, long lasting floor you've always dreamed to have?

The answer is… Most Likely No!

Truth being said, there are way too many contractors in the hardwood flooring business who are trying to make an extra buck at the expense of their customer. The faster you understand this, the better it is for you.

But you are a busy person, so let's get straight to the subject. What steps is your hardwood floor sanding contractor very likely to skip?

Here they are:

• Punching down the nails

This is one of the steps many contractor will skip on the old floors, trying to make the homeowner believe that sanding means only cleaning the old finish and replace it with a new one. Still, this is not a step you want him to skip during your hardwood floor sanding process.

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• Hardwood floor sanding on diagonal

This is a step that 20 years ago used to be common practice. Nowadays, most of the contractors consider this step unnecessary.

After all, in their eyes, you are just an amateur that has neither the eye, nor the knowledge to tell the difference between a floor that was sanded this way and one that wasn't.

For more details about the importance of this step, please take a look at the process of hardwood floor sanding

• Vacuuming before the wood filler application

I cannot stress enough over how important this step is for the success of your hardwood floor sanding project.

A floor that wasn't vacuumed prior to the application of the filler is a floor that will have plenty of cracks only six month after the floor sanding will be finished.

The reason being simple: the wood filler didn't fill the crack properly, because the crack was filled with dust.

Since the wood filler is sitting on top of dust, in time that dust will come out and will push the wood filler out of the opening too.

Floor Refinishing: Refinishing a hardwood floor can be very toxic. Many types of floor finish contain volatile organic compounds.VOC's are known to have chronic effects. In order to avoid any respiratory problems after sanding a hardwood floor, it is advisable to ask your contractor for VOC free products.

• Covering the entire floor with wood filler

While most of the contractors will apply some wood filler (on the most obvious areas), very few will actually cover the whole floor, making sure they don't miss a spot.

If you wanna have a floor that looks like new, this step is a must.

• Hand sanding after scraping the floor

Scraping the floor in the inaccessible areas it is a must. While being a very important step during the sanding process, scraping the floor is not enough in order to achieve a beautiful finish.

Hand sanding, after scraping, is a must in order to achieve a nice smooth surface.

• Applying all the promised coats of finish

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Most of the contractors will promise you 3 coats of polyurethane, Swedish finish or water based finish in an attempt to persuade you to choose them.

While some types of finishes require 3 coats, to ensure a successful sanding job, others require less.

Still, many contractors will never tell you the truth about floor finishes, will always try to convince you that they are offering you a very good deal, and in the end will deliver less than half of what they promised.

In order to avoid this from happening, a good rule of thumb would be to ask for the dates of the application for each individual coat.

Applying two coats of finish is possible for some types of finish, applying 3 is not.

If your sanding contractor will tell you that they will apply 3 coats of finish in one day, run as fast as you can. If he will apply two coats in the same day he is sanding the floor, and the second coat is final, run again.

Hardwood floor sanding, when done right, is a time consuming job. Do not give your hard earned money to a Chicago flooring contractor that is not willing to put in the necessary time and effort to finish your job properly.

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