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Yes, you can refinish a hardwood floor.

Let us show you how. Trust Pete’s Hardwood Floors for expert advice, trusty rental equipment and the perfect supplies for any hardwood floor sanding and finishing project. Minnesota do-it-yourself homeowners are our specialty. We ♥ DIY-ers.    Store hours   Map to store

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2013 NWFA Floor of the Year

Here at Pete’s, we frequently get bogged down with minutiae of subsistence flooring information: how do you install it, how do you sand it, and how to you clean it?  But it’s good to be reminded occasionally that hardwood floors can be transcendent.

This floor won the National Wood Flooring Association’s Member’s Choice award this year. It’s a nail-down parquetry miracle built from 18 different species of wood, and they call it “Woodpile.”  

When art historians talk about the history of painting, they are mostly talking about the challenge of depicting a three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface. This wood painting is one of the most convincing depictions of depth I have ever seen.  It makes me want to reach in and pull out a board. The only problem I see here is that this floor is going to drown out any piece of furniture that is placed on it.  

If it were mine, I would have to leave this room empty and let the floor sing.

Pete’s is your Minnesota hardwood floor refinishing expert!

Visit our flooring supply and rental store.

186 Fairview Ave North, St. Paul, MN 55104

Store Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 5pm
Friday: 8:30am - 6pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 3pm
Sunday: Closed
Closed July 4 and July 5!

Are you local? Call the store!

651-698-5888.

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Hardwood floor advice so you can refinish 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 of 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

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Watch videos on Pete's YouTube.

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

Rent the right hardwood rental equipment

ez 8 drum sanderFour 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

U-SandWhen 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 might 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

bostitch MIIIFS prettyFloor 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?

Dart storage logoAs 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!

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Afraid of coating? Us too.

Once your floor is sanded, you face a new challenge: how do I choose a finish and how do I apply it without leaving streaks and bubbles and problems?  We are familiar with this anxiety and we have a solution... more

Let us talk you out of staining your floor...

What? Floors don't have to be stained? Yes, you heard right. Wood floors should all be protected with something, but stain is not protection; stain is a way to color your floor before you add protection. It is optional and we want to convince you not to do it. Here's why:

What do I do about the gaps between boards?

Everybody thinks that every single gap and void on a hardwood floor must be packed with woodfiller. Woodfiller has its uses, but that is not one of them. Filling the cracks between your boards is a tricky business - read more...

Cat pee and dog toenails

Do you need an indestructible surface that your pets can pee on all day while you're at work? One where you can throw the ball indoors and let your puppies chase after it all day long? Then you don't want a wood floor. Wood floor finishes have gotten really tough over the past twenty years, but customer expectations have gotten even tougher. Learn how to have realistic expectations from your floor and the finish you've applied to protect it in this article.

Think through the sanding process...BEFORE you rent a sander

Look, we have a whole business built on the premise that homeowners can sand and refinish hardwood floors, but only if they know the full scope of their project. Sometimes it is wiser to hire someone to refinish your floors for you. Did you know that some floors will take twice as long to sand to bare because they are so hard? Have you heard about old finishes that gum up sandpaper? And what if your floor needs a few boards repaired before you can sand - that'll only take a few minutes, right? Um, nope.