Common Floor Refinishing Questions

A nice couple came into the showroom today to look at some samples, and while they were there, I talked to them about getting their floors refinished because they were looking for a very specific red color, they couldn’t find in any of our samples. While I was answering their questions on the process, I realized that they had very similar questions that many other people also have. So, I was inspired to compile a few common questions about the refinishing process and their answers!

1. How long is the entire process?
Well, there are many factors to consider when trying to answer this question. The first is the size of the project. The second factor is how many coats we will be putting down. The third factor is whether you will choose an oil-based or water-based polyurethane. You also have to consider what kind of furniture there will be, if any, as well as appliances and subfloor prep work that might be necessary. If we’re refinishing an entire main floor with 3 coats of a water-based poly, the project could take anywhere from 2-4 days. If you choose an oil-based poly, that time frame can be 3-5 days. If we’re doing a very small area, the entire process can be anywhere from 1-3 days. We like to give time frames like this incase there are any unforeseen circumstances throughout the process.

2. I’m worried about the smell. How long will it last?
Just like a new car, when you refinish your floors, your house will have that “new house” smell. If you would like to stay away from any lingering odors, you should choose a water-based polyurethane. The smell is very minimal, if any at all. The oil-based polyurethane will have a stronger smell that can tend to linger for a few days or weeks. If that new floor does linger after your project is complete, a great way to help alleviate it would be to open any windows and doors, if the weather permits. While it’s still hot outside, you can turn your AC from Auto to On to help speed up this process.

3. Where can I look at stain samples?
One of the great reasons to refinish your floors if you have the opportunity is because we can show you as many colors as you would like. We can even mix and match colors until we find the perfect shade for you and your home. Once the installer sands the area to be refinished, they will section off squares with blue tape and begin laying down samples for you. I think the most we’ve every laid down for a customer
was 35 samples. Some people like options. Once you sign off on a color, we keep that information in case you ever need to reference it in the future!

4. Will there be dust everywhere when you’re done?
While we can’t guarantee the refinishing process will be 100% dust free, we do call it a dustless process which means we will do our very best to minimize the amount of lingering dust. Some of the precautions we take include putting up plastic over cabinets, appliances, and open doorways, and using a machine with a bag that catches most of the saw dust. We also offer a cleaning service if you would like to ensure you come back to a dust free home!

These are just a few questions that we get on a weekly basis. We always love talking to people and are here to make your floor refinishing process stress free and easy.

Call your Mr. Hardwood flooring experts at 770-318-8880 to get answers to all of your questions!

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