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Refinishing Flooring Checklist – 3 Things

Here is a Top 3 Things checklist of some basic things to consider when refinishing a hardwood floor:

1. Do I really need to sand the floor or is a recoat an option. A recoat is a less expensive, no sanding and faster option that is appropriate for many situations. Finding out if a recoat will give you that fresh feeling is an important first step.

2. Select your stain ahead of time, but have the crew sand and show you a larger sample as they begin the job (at least a 4′x4′ area) so that you can double check your own choice. Larger samples in the actual room are often very different than small swatches.

3. Onsite finishing is not like a factory finish. Be prepared that you may see some swirl marks under direct lighting from the buffer that is used between coats. Set reasonable expectations going in. Although Swedish Finish which basically means site finished can be a great process it is not like a factory sealed environment.