Will sanding my floors make my home a mess?
We say that we take 99% of the dust we create with us. The edger sander and the buffer (the two main culprits of uncollected dust) are hooked up to powerful vacuums that collect the dust they create on every job. There is no "up-charge" for this service. We understand that you don't want a dusty house and we don't want to work in dust. Some floor sanders want to 'see their dust' while buffing a floor so they know if the sandpaper is still sharp- Modern Hardwood Floor Service sander's know how sharp paper feels through the machine and don't need to fill a customer's home with dust to know if it's time to change paper.
Can I stay in my home during the process?
For the most part, yes. But be prepared, the process is loud and there's the possibility of fumes from stains and/or finishes. Oil base finishes have a strong chemical odor, while water based finishes have much less odor. The water based finishes Modern Hardwood Floor Service uses are Greenguard certified for indoor air quality. There will also be dry times where you cannot cross the wood floors, oil based finishes take up to 6-8 hours to dry and water base finishes dry within a few hours.
Which finish should I choose, water based finish or oil polyurethane?
Finish selection is a fairly complicated process. There are a lot of different options and grades of finishes, Modern Hardwood Floor Service only uses quality finishes. In almost all cases we use Lenmar or Polopaz oil based polyurethane and Bona brand water based finishes.
Should I paint before or after I have my floors sanded?
For the most part, it doesn't matter. Our process is clean with little dust left behind. Modern Hardwood Floor Service does our best to not damage the paintwork in the homes we work in. However the machinery is oversized and everyone is capable of bumping a wall or a molding. There is always a possibilty that there will need to be touchups. However it is also a possibility that a painter will spill paint or have some splatter that gets on the floor. In most cases it is easier to touch up paint than it is to get paint off the floor.
What cleaner should I use/How do I clean my floor?
Modern Hardwood Floor Service recommends Bona Floor Cleaner. First be sure to clean up loose dirt and debris using a suction only vacuum and/or a dry Swiffer. Then spray a mist on the floor and wipe it up with a microfiber cloth. Bona makes a convenient system that has a pole with a swivel head that velcro's to the microfiber cloth. Rinse or change the cloth as needed.
What if someone uses one of these "forbidden" cleaners?
Stop! Then throw it away. That is the first step, then depending on how long it has been used there are a couple paths. If it only happened once, then the cleaner will eventually wear off- using the Bona Cleaner will help remove it slowly. Don't try to strip it by repeatedly cleaning it. It's better for the floor to let time do it's thing. If it has been going on for awhile or you inherited the mess, then there are cleaners, machines and techniques that can remove the product. Sometimes it just needs to be cleaned up and you're good to go. However other times we have to get a little aggressive and lightly sand and put a new coat of quality finish on the floor.
How soon can I move my furniture back?
It is recommended to wait 3 days. Water based finishes are at 90% cure in 3 days, 100% cure at 7 days. Oil based polyurethane is much slower to cure. At 3 days you should be very careful moving furniture back in. It takes 30 days for oil based polyurethane to fully cure. Be sure to wait to replace rug areas until the floor is fully cured.