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Why Sand and Refinish a hardwood Floor?

By Aladdin Modjarrad

Hardwood floors are an attractive, durable and long lasting flooring option that add aesthetic appeal and perceived value wherever they are installed. After they have been in place for several years though, any hardwood floor benefits from a good sanding and refinishing to restore their original beauty. It is at this point that homeowners turn to the internet,or the Yellow Pages, to find a flooring company that can get the job done. Along the way they spot an ad for rental sanders and they begin to think about saving money by doing the sanding and refinishing job themselves.

Sounds like a great idea, a way to save a little money. There are a number of very good reasons though why sanding and refinishing a hardwood floor is not a job for an amateur, however good they believe their DIY skills to be.

The first problem is the actual machinery itself. Rental sanders are what those in the sanding and refinishing trade tend to refer to as “toy sanders.” But why? Rental sanders run off an average 110v household current that is they plug right into the wall. Very convenient but they lack the power needed to sand a hardwood floor effectively. A professional machine has a far more powerful motor (between 3 and 7 HP) designed not to stall and their weight and balance means they remain steady as they pass across the floor.

Because the rental machines are light duty however careful the amateur is using it will leave “chatter” marks on the hardwood floor. These show up as stripes or waves going against the grain of the wood and do not become easily visible until new stain and/or polyurethane finish is applied. By that time, it’s too late though.

Then there is the problem with the operator of the sanding machine. The DIY enthusiast may think that after watching a few how to videos they know all they need to about sanding and refinishing a hardwood floor that is not the case. Professional flooring companies make their new employees train for months before they are even allowed near a client’s precious hardwood floors so an afternoon on YouTube is hardly comparable experience.

There is nothing wrong with saving money wherever you can but cutting corners when caring for your hardwood floors is never a good idea. Investing in a professional sanding and refinishing job will mean that your hardwood floors remain beautiful for years, adding to the value as well as the visual appeal of your whole home.

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Modjarrad, Aladdin "Why Sand and Refinish a hardwood Floor?." Why Sand and Refinish a hardwood Floor?. 22 Jun. 2010. 27 Nov 2014 <>.

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Modjarrad, A (2010, June 22). Why Sand and Refinish a hardwood Floor?. Retrieved November 27, 2014, from

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Modjarrad, Aladdin "Why Sand and Refinish a hardwood Floor?"

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