The smartest, savviest, friendliest floor refinishing specialists around. Period.

Consider Pete’s your brain trust for DIY floor sanding and finishing

We’re knowledgeable about every facet of the process—so knowledgeable, in fact, that contractors routinely call us for adviceequipment and supplies.

Whether you’re a homeowner who wants to save some serious money by refinishing your own floors or a small general contractor looking to expand their skill set, we’re here for you.

Check out Kadee’s blog or just read what others say.

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Front of Pete's Hardwood Floors store in St. Paul, MN

Meet the Pete’s Crew.

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Pete's Hardwood Floor Help Hotline red button
Kadee Macey

Owner and Sanding Rental Goddess

Kadee’s enthusiasm for the business is phenomenal. She knows just about everything there is to know about floor sanding and refinishing and she’ll be more than happy to school you.

Don’t be afraid if she uses her ‘mom voice’—that means she likes you. No matter how un-handy you think you are, Kadee will have you sanding, and smiling, in no time flat.

If you call Pete’s Hardwood Floors Help Hotline, she is the friendly, patient voice on the phone.

For a small fee, we can provide the wisdom and knowledge that you need to complete your hardwood flooring project.

When you don’t know what you need to do next, that’s when it’s time to call Pete’s Hardwood Floors Help Hotline. You can even send her photos to help her solve your hardwood floor dilemma.

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Bob Carlson

Owner and Sander Extraordinaire

If you’re looking for someone to handle your sanding challenges, Bob is your guy. Bob bids your job. Bob sands your job (or installs, patches, recoats or otherwise makes it beautiful).

Also, Bob is very fussy. He has been installing and sanding floors for this company since 1996. He returns all phone calls and arrives on time. He has a file full of references and they will all be happy to tell you that he worked in their homes carefully and respectfully.

He has the backing of a storefront showroom, staffed with trained flooring professionals, where you can consult a living person about your project ideas, see colors and samples and learn about floor maintenance.

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.

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twoRandy Lundin

Owner and Fixer-of-all-Things

Randy has been with Pete’s for over two decades – think of how many sanders he has maintained, how many jammed nailers he has un-jammed, and how many edgers he has brought back to life. He takes great care to maintain Pete’s rental equipment at our store in Minnesota.

Not to mention all the customers he has trained and calmed. When Randy’s in the house, we can fix anything.

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Pete’s Bonus Tips

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What our training helps you avoid.

What kind of hardwood sanding (or installing) mistakes can Pete’s help me prevent?

Here are some examples of the results of ignorance and overconfidence:

Wood floor with big blotches
Wood floor with large woodfiller patch
Wood floor damaged with large gouge
Wood floor with stripes of dark stain

Why can’t I use my palm sander to remove edger swirl?

Well, you can remove edger swirl with a palm sander, but it complicates things. Palm sanders have an intense, orbital motion that can burnish or over-polish the areas you sand with them. The texture of those burnished areas is smoother and tighter than the areas that were sanded with the drum sander, and this limits the amount of finish those areas can absorb. Areas where the finish has not sunk as deeply into the wood appear lighter, especially next to their drum or edger-sanded neighbors. This gets worse if you stain your floor.

Any area that you palm-sanded will literally keep stain from sinking into your wood, leaving a much lighter color that won’t match the more open-textured drum-sanded areas.

It is much safer to correct edger swirl by sanding with the grain using a fresh piece of 80-grit sandpaper and your own arm – because your own arm just isn’t capable of burnishing the floor.

If you insist on using a palm sander, either use it over the entire floor (hard on the body, but nice for your floor) or hand sand with 80-grit over the areas that you palm sanded.

Front of Pete's Hardwood Floors store in St. Paul, MN

Buy online, or stop by our cute store in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Pete's sells supplies online across the continental U.S., and rents equipment to Minneapolis/St. Paul DIYers. Our store at 186 Fairview Avenue North in St. Paul, MN is at the corner of Fairview and Selby.

It's just the cutest sander rental shop you'll ever visit. Call us at 651-698-5888.

Store hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30-5
  • Saturday: 8:30-3
  • Sunday: Closed