It is with sadness that the Pete’s Hardwood Floors DIY rental storefront and webstore permanently closed as of November 1, 2023.
Our full-service hardwood floor contracting side will still be available! If you need hardwood installed, repaired, sanded or finished, call 651-698-5888 and we can help! Let Pete’s do it for you!
Thank you to everyone for supporting Pete’s for more than 25 years.
It is with sadness that the Pete’s Hardwood Floors DIY rental storefront and webstore permanently closed as of November 1, 2023.
Our full-service hardwood floor contracting side will still be available! If you need hardwood installed, repaired, sanded or finished, call 651-698-5888 and we can help! Let Pete’s do it for you!
Thank you to everyone for supporting Pete’s for more than 25 years.

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Hire Pete’s for your hardwood floor finishing and installation.

Bob Carlson may not be named Pete, but he is one of the founding owners of Pete’s Hardwood Floors

Bob Carlson, the Floor Whisperer

Bob’s been installing and sanding floors for Pete’s since 1996.

  • Bob doesn’t supervise crews of roaming floor sanders.
  • Bob bids your job.
  • Bob sands your job.
  • Bob installs, patches, recoats or otherwise makes your floor beautiful.
  • He returns all phone calls and arrives on time.
  • He has a file full of references who would be happy to tell you that he worked in their homes, carefully and respectfully.
  • Very simple. No miscommunication. No bait and switch to an unnamed subcontractor.

But Bob is very fussy—about floors, and which projects he will take on.

He only takes the type of project that best fit his experience, and where he knows he can make the most difference.

His experience and depth of knowledge about all things hardwood floors puts him a notch above the competition.

Bob only works in the City of St. Paul proper and the City of Roseville in Minnesota. 

Applying finish to wood floor with a t-bar
Installing wood floor with nailer

Before you call to request a bid, make sure Bob is a good fit for you:

What type of project will Bob do?

We focus on refinishing and installation of solid hardwood, with an emphasis on older homes, but Bob will respectfully decline to bid refinishing jobs that involve darkening or changing the color of maple or birch floors.

He will happily sand those, but would encourage use of a clear or natural finish, but no stain. He will stain oak floors. Bob loves installs and patching historic floors, but he will not do glue-down installations of wood flooring.

If you are looking for just the lowest bidder, Bob is probably not your guy.

Alas, while Bob is wonderful, he is but one man.

And one man can only travel so far, so we have a limited geographic reach. Bob only works in the City of St. Paul proper and the City of Roseville.

Bob is very popular, and is usually booked out a bit.

There is usually a two-month wait between a signed contract and the start of scheduled work in your property, especially in summer.

If you’re ready to schedule a bid with Bob, just call or text 651-248-5114

While you’re waiting patiently for your bid, you can:

Check out Pete’s Contracting FAQ.

All the questions we’ve ever been asked about sanding, finishing or installing hardwood floors for customers.

Read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting Pete’s.”

We want your job to go as smoothly as possible. Here’s what to expect.

Eyeball our contract.

Here is a sample estimate/contract.

Read or download the Lead Disclosure brochure.

Take a look at the Pre-Lien Notice.

Pete’s Hardwood Floors, Inc. is required by law to provide you with this Pre-Lien Notice.

“What the heck is going on with my hardwood floor?” Investigate before you start:

Pet damage or water damage on hardwood floors

Do my floors have pet damage, or water damage?

Damage on two kinds of hardwood floors

Can I save this wood floor?

Unusual damage in wood floors

What are these mystery marks in my wood floors?

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DIY Help

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Answers to common wood floor sanding questions

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The sanding process

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Kadee’s Blog, chock full of hardwood floor finishing tips.