Yes, you can refinish a hardwood floor.
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Get your house ready for sale this spring!
It's almost Real Estate season in Minnesota. If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, call Pete's (or, better yet, send some photos of your floors to floorgurus@peteshardwoodfloors)and let us provide you with hardwood floor advice to see whether recoating or resanding a few rooms will make your home irresistable to buyers. We can help you get the maximum amount of improvement for the least amount of money and effort: 651-698-5888.
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Hardwood floor advice for you. Now you can sand your own floors.
Look, we’re not promising to turn you into a flooring professional with one lesson. But we guarantee you will do a better job than that contractor you're thinking about hiring off of Craig's list. More
Pete’s gives free
lessons? How does that work?
Here at Pete’s Hardwood Floors, we rent all kinds floor installation and refinishing machines, but you can learn to run them on an actual floor. Take a test drive with our hardwood rental equipment. More
Watch videos on Pete's YouTube for DIY hardwood floor advice.
Check out our YouTube channel. Especially the polyurethane application video - it's the best explanation for coating you've ever seen.
Think twice before using stain.
For most do-it-yourselfers, a natural finish will produce the best results. Applying pigment evenly to a large expanse of wood is more challenging than you think. More
Meet the Dirt Dragon!
Have you ever noticed that winter muck is gosh darn hard to remove from your hardwood flooring, Minnesota residents? That’s because regular mopping just spreads the dirt around. More
Four out of five floors NEED a drum sander.
We know drum sanders have a bad name, but we can show you how to tame them and use their power for good. And save you time and money into the bargain. Who said floor sander rental can't be fun? More.
When drum sanders aren't the answer, try the U-Sand.
The U-Sand won't work for every floor, but if you can't run an edger, the U-Sand will save you. More.
Use a buffer to maintain your polyurethane?
No, not to polish it, but to prepare it for a fresh topcoat. If you regularly recoat your floors, you will never have to rent a sander again. Doesn't that sound fabulous? More.
Floor stapler v. cleat nailer: is one better than the other?
It depends on what kind of wood and how thick it is. Cleat nailers are less likely to split the tongues of dense, brittle woods like bamboo and brazilian walnut. More.
Did you know there are special sanders, just for radiators?
Sanding under those cast iron radiators is way, way easier than removing them. More.
What do I do with all my belongings? Can you rent me a storage unit?
As a matter of fact, we can! We have special, negotiated rates through Dart, a local portable storage company. Call 651-683-1219 and tell them Pete's sent you. Renting sanders twice (and moving your furniture twice as well) is always more expensive than doing the job in one stage, even when you include the cost of storage. Call them now!
Q.I read on the internet that my finish will fill in all the gaps between my floor boards. Or should I just use some wood glue?
Sam, St. Paul.
A. This is a fairly common misconception about floor finish, but it's wrong. Finish is designed to be runny so that it forms a film over your floor; it will run right between the floor gaps and down to your subfloor. And as you can see from the photo, glue will have the same problem. Our recommendation is to leave the long gaps alone and use a proper woodfiller in the nailholes. More filler advice here.
Q. I'm sanding an area that was covered by a rug for over 60 years. The problem is, the floor that was under the rug is very dark, but the area that was outside the rug is very light, and sanding doesn't seem to help. What is going on here?
Bud W., New Jersey, January 2013
A.You would have expected the area protected from sunlight to be lighter than the area that had been coated with finish, but you'd be wrong. more
Q.Your website makes the refinishing process seem easy. Is it really as simple as all that?
Mike, St. Paul.
A. Nope, that isn't the goal of our website at all! Our goal is to provide you with the best hardwood floor advice you can find. Sanding floors is a hard job and don't let anybody tell you different. What the website should do is convince you that you can sand your floor right the first time and at a cost savings over hiring a contractor. But let's be very clear; you are going to be sore and exhausted when you're done. But you'll be really, really happy.
Q. Is there an easy way to remove this layer of black stuff on my floor?
-We get this question three
times a week! more
A. We often see this problem in kitchen floors; there is a beautiful, original maple floor buried under layers of vinyl or linoleum and the original adhesive layer that has been pressed into the hardwood floor below... more, plus pictures
Q. Can I use a mop to clean my hardwood floors?
A. Not a conventional string or sponge mop, no. Even small amounts of water can cause your floor to swell and cup over time. More
...if you rent over the weekend of Saturday, April 5! Are you trying to get your home on the market this spring? Are you planning a large or especially tough flooring project? Make the most of your machine rental dollars on this special weekend!
Operators are standing by so call the store at 651-698-5888 to reserve your equipment today.
More rental incentives here.
How do I stop my floor from SQUEAKING?
To stop your floor from squeaking, you have to stop it from MOVING. Well, more specificially, you stop the floor from deflecting and rubbing against its fasteners. The only way to do that is to re-secure the hardwood to the subfloor, working from below, or even from the top. Don't pay $24 for the snap-off style screws - you can do the job with any well counter-sunk 2" trim screw, for half the cost.
We call ours SQUEAK KILLAZ because those GRK screws can cinch floors like a boss, leaving only a tiny hole behind.
An Easy Fix for a Common Problem: DIY Hardwood Floor RepairWe had a call from a local gym that has two beautiful maple workout studios that had recently been refinished. They were dismayed to find that recently pedicured patrons had left long swipes of nail polish, all over the floor. Now, you may not have a dance studio in your house, but nail polish does have a way of getting onto floors. As long as you have a modern polyurethane floor (not shellac or wax) Goof Off should remove this, as long as you are careful. Test first with a small amount behind a door, just to make sure that the Goof Off doesn't harm your finish. Then just use the cotton swab surgically along your nail polish stripe and it will disappear.