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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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 The radiator edger is worth it!

If you've got one of those lovely Twin Cities houses with cast iron radiators, how do you sand around it? Great question - we're glad you're proactive about solving potential sanding challenges.

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A little background: when you sand your hardwood floor, you use (at least) two machines: a drum sander and an edger. You'll use the drum sander on the main part of the floor, but the edger will allow you to get close to the wall and into corners. 

In this case, there is actually a specific radiator edger you can use. You'll do a better job if you use the radiator edger to sand underneath the cast iron radiator after you've used the regular edger up to the face of the radiator edge. The same is true if you use the radiator edger to sand under the toe-kick of your kitchen cabinets.  Do it last, after you have done all the grits with the regular edger.PetesHardWoodFloors0136

Here's why:  the radiator will provide a distinct, finite face against which to sand. However, that can leave a very distinct sanding line on the floor, just under the lead edger of the radiator.  If you use the radiator edger after you've left that line, you will sand over and feather that edge, which will blend and feather it and make it much less noticeable. Voila! 

 

So, to recap for cast iron radiator owners:

1. Sand with the regular edgar first, up to the edge of the radiator (or up the the face of your cabinet, if you are doing a kitchen).

2. Switch to the radiator edger to blend the sanding line in. 

Learn more about working with sanders and edgers, or check out our equipment rental page to see the complete list of machines Pete's Hardwood Floors own and rent out. 

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 Labor Day Sept 2

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Hardwood floor advice so you can refinish your own floors.

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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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Check out our YouTube channel. Especially the polyurethane application video - it's the best explanation for coating you've ever seen.

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Rent the right hardwood rental equipment

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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

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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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