Pete’s is your Minnesota hardwood floor refinishing expert!
Visit our flooring supply and rental store.
186 Fairview Ave North, St. Paul, MN 55104
The store is open for ONE AT A TIME visits during these hours:
Are you local? Call the store!
Can't get to the store?
For "out-of-staters," we sell some of our favorite products online.
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
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
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 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
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!
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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.