Hardwood Floor Refinishing Tips
LESLIE: Now we’ve got Rosemary who needs some help refinishing floors. What can we do for you?ROSEMARY: Do you know anything about this Enhance or Mr. Sandless floor refinishing?TOM: No. Mr. Sandless. It sounds pretty cool. (chuckles) It might …ROSEMARY: Supposedly, they come in and they put a chemical on your floor.TOM: Oh, it might be like a liquid sandpaper situation.ROSEMARY: And it eliminates all of the sealing off of the room and the dust and all of that. And I’m wondering – it sounds too good to be true and I’m wondering if you know of anything about it.LESLIE: (overlapping voices) It probably is.TOM: Yeah, haven’t heard of it. There are different types of sanding processes that really keep the dust down. There’s a machine out there called a U-Sand that I like a lot.LESLIE: Which like vacuums it all away.TOM: Yeah, it kind of abrades it and vacuums …ROSEMARY: What is it called?TOM: U-Sand. I think that’s their website, too; U-Sand.com.ROSEMARY: OK.TOM: And you can rent these things and it’s a great tool because it does a good job of sanding the floor but it also sucks up most of the dust and you can’t screw it up; like if you stand in one place …LESLIE: And Tom, that’s the one with like the five different sanders sort of put together.TOM: Yeah, it’s got four heads underneath sort of one housing.ROSEMARY: OK. Well, these are floors that are probably 40 years old that I covered with carpet when I moved in just because it was less expensive to do that.TOM: (overlapping voices) OK. Well, how deteriorated are they, Rosemary?ROSEMARY: Not terribly. They’re just old.TOM: Well, let me give you another option. You can also rent a floor buffer like they use at the mall and that kind of place.ROSEMARY: Yep.TOM: Except instead of a buffing screen, you use a sanding screen. It kind of looks like window screen material. And using that, you abrade the surface of the floor; just taking off sort of the upper surface, cleaning off some of the dirt and abrading it. Then you would vacuum and damp mop the whole surface and then you can put another layer of urethane right over that. That’s a way to just clean up the floor enough to get it ready for another coat of urethane without taking it all the way down and sanding it down to raw wood. A lot of times you don’t have to sand it down to raw wood.ROSEMARY: Oh, I see. Alright, thank you.TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.