We have over 25 years of experience doing hardwood flooring. As with anything in life, experience leads to a whole bunch of tips and tricks that you pick up over the years. Some prove to be incredibly valuable and give us an edge over the competition while others simply allow us to do something more efficiently than the "standard" way of doing something. We'd like to share some of these little tips with you if you decide to go and do your hardwood floors on your own. Remember, we're only a hone call away if you run into any kind of trouble.
"Stain will always have a different look in reality compared to seeing it online."
If you're staining your floors, don't be afraid to test to stain on your wood before hand. You can do this by sanding down to bare wood and placing different tones of stain next to each other in order to see them side by side. Stain will always have a different look in reality compared to seeing it online. There are so many factors that come into play when you try to get an accurate image on a screen, that you're almost always better off putting the stain on the wood itself so you can see it in person.
When you are sanding with the big sander, it can be difficult to see where you've gone over the wood once you get through the initial finish and stain. You're going to have to go over it a few times, so consecutive passes are going to be difficult to gauge due to the lack of a reference point. We recommend simply using a pencil to draw a line so that you have a frame of reference when you're going to be sanding with the big machine. Once you pass over the pencil line, it will simply sand away and you'll be able to easily where where you've been and where you haven't.
"Please leave yourself a way out."
When you stain your floor (or finish), there are a few little tips that will save you a world of heartache. We'd like to share one of the most imprint ones with you. Ensure that you have a plan out. By that we mean that you start staining away from youth exits so that you can leave your workspace without having to walk on any of the floors you just stained. It seems like common sense in speaking, but we've heard way too many horror stories to take this lightly. Please leave yourself a way out.
We'll continue to post tips from time to time so please stay tuned.