By hardwood refinishing we understand sanding of old hardwood and applying new coats of finish on it. Hardwood can be finished with polyurethane, paint or latex. The main point of hardwood finishing is to add protection layer to it. Wood itself is pretty exposed to water or dirt damages. Water damage can leave huge black stains on the wood. Those stains are hard to remove. It’s almost impossible to determine if water did go deep enough or it’s just a top surface damage. That is why not all the wood refinishers can guarantee water damage stain removal by sanding. The most confident way to remove water-damage stains is to replace wood boards (if possible) with new ones. In other hand dirt damage is easier to remove since it doesn’t penetrate in to the hardwood.]]>
One of the most common question we hear from people planning on refinishing their floors is what finish should we choose, oil-based or water-based. This article will provide you with some information which might help you to pick one of them.
In most of the cases oil-based finishes made out polyurethane resin, mineral spirits, silica and other ingredients depending on unique techniques of different manufacturers. Some of these ingredients have unpleasant odor. This odor usually stays in house for 2-5 days depending on material, ventilation, heating conditions and etc. Oil-based finish also needs more time to cure; it’s pretty soft for about 15 hours. In most of the cases, you can walk on a finished floor (only in socks) one day after finish is applied. As for the heavy furniture, you should let polyurethane to dry up for a week before bringing it in. Light tables, chairs and small furniture can be brought in earlier, but it’s not recommended. Rugs are not allowed to go in for another month, because it might block odors and volatilization]]>