Refinishing hardwood floors is not just a renovation project; it's an art form. The process involves meticulous sanding, staining, and finishing, and every step requires precision and expertise. A hardwood floor can only be sanded a certain number of times, and a knowledgeable, highly-skilled professional using the best equipment can help ensure the longest life for your wood.
First, we'll assess the current condition of your hardwood floors. We inspect for deep scratches, gouges, stains, and other damage that may require special attention. Identifying these issues in advance will help plan the refinishing process accordingly. We then employ powerful vacuums with HEPA filtration systems, which capture and contain dust, creating a cleaner and healthier environment by minimizing airborne dust particles.
Then, we begin the multi-step sanding process.
Next comes a subtle yet indispensable step: water popping. This method enhances the results of wood floor refinishing in ways that elevate both the aesthetics and longevity of your beloved floors. Water popping is a preparatory step before applying stains and finishes to your wood floors. It involves the controlled application of water to the surface of the sanded wood. The moisture temporarily raises the wood grain, allowing it to open up and become more receptive to subsequent treatments like stains and finishes.
Why Water Popping Matters
Some will choose to keep the natural color of the wood floor, and some will want to choose a stain color to complement other aspects of the interior design and enhance the natural beauty of the wood. Several factors can affect the finished color including age, condition, and species of wood. Our knowledge and experience can help you get the color you want.
The final step of the refinishing process involves applying protective finishes to your hardwood floors. These finishes serve as a shield against daily wear and tear while enhancing the floor's appearance. We prefer commercial-grade water-based finishes, which are durable, environmentally friendly, and provide a lasting shine. We apply a sealer to improve the bond between the wood and the polyurethane and to help prevent panelization; the separation of groups of boards from others or from the rest of the floor. Once the last coat of polyurethane is dry, you can walk on it. Once it cures for about 24 hours, you can replace furniture. After 72 hours, you can replace rugs.
Once your floors are beautifully refinished, proper maintenance is simple. We recommend cleaning with Bona products and avoiding waxes and oil soaps, as they can build up and dull the finish, and prevent future recoats from adhering.
"Todd was the best bid, outstanding work and he was really, really accommodating. This process could have really inconvenienced us, but it didn't really. The floors are beautiful in my 70 year old house." - Emma R.
"I highly recommend Horst Hardwood. They recently refinished the hardwood floors throughout our home, and the result was beautiful. Todd was very friendly, professional, and honest. After searching tirelessly for the right person to do the job, I'm glad we found Todd!" - Lauren H.
"We would highly recommend Horst Hardwood! He did an amazing job, which included the installation of new hardwood floors on our first floor in addition to refinishing our existing ones, and made them all flow seamlessly. We are so happy with the results!" - Leanne T.
"From beginning to end Horst Hardwood was prompt, professional, cleanly, and did incredible work. The hardwood floors in my home were original from 1935 and he restored them to look brand new! Very reasonable pricing. I highly recommend them for any restoration job in the Pittsburgh area." - Christen B.
"Horst Hardwood does fantastic work. Our 90-year-old oak and pine floors in our recently-purchased home had been under carpet for 40+ years and had even been painted over at one point. He cleaned them up, sanded them down, stained them a fantastic color, and finished them with several satin polyurethane coats. The grain came out in amazing ways and the floors look fantastic. They're the best part of the house." - Theo C.