Things To Know When Getting Your Floors Refinished

Your floors are one of the very first things people see, and take notice of, when they walk into your home. Is the carpet torn and discolored? Are the wood floors scratched up and fading? Now while the condition of your floor has little to do with you as a person, it does create an impression. One way to amend that impression, to feel better about where you live and to increase the value of your home, is to have your floors refinished.

Let’s take a look at the advantages of having wood floors. Hardwood floors not only look good, they are also easier to clean, longer-lasting and come from a renewable source. Another beneficial aspect to hardwood flooring is that it doesn't hold in allergens the way that carpeting does, so that’s especially welcome news to all of the allergy sufferers out there!

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Of course there are also benefits to having carpeting. It’s warmer, absorbs sound better and is typically more kid-friendly. Keep in mind though that you can always lay down area rugs on your wood flooring to reap the aforementioned benefits of carpet! 

If after careful consideration you’ve decided that redoing your wood floors is the right path to take, it’s time to choose your contractor and get ready to prep your home for the work that is about to take place. Check out our suggestions below for preparing your home for the process of getting your floors refinished!

Find Out The Details
If you currently have carpeting, find out from your contractor if pulling up the carpet is already factored into the price, or if that is going to be an additional charge. If it’s going to be an additional charge and exceeds your budget for this project, consider doing that part yourself!

Weather Matters
Check the forecast of when you’re going to be getting the floors refinished, and the days following, since you will need to leave the windows open to air out your home. If rain is expected, you won’t be able to leave the windows open because moisture can get absorbed into the wood once the old finish has been stripped away. If this happens, the floors will take an extremely long time to dry.

Plan For Dust
Things are going to get extremely dusty when refinishing your floors, it’s a fact. While you can try, and should try, to keep the dust to just the areas that are getting refinished, it is almost impossible to keep it contained to just that space. This is why, before the floors start getting redone, you should secure off-site storage space for your belongings for the time being. On demand storage solutions like Zippboxx offer pickup and delivery of your items that need to go into storage. All you have to do is schedule when you’d like your stuff to be picked up from your home, then, once the refinishing project is completed and everything is dry, you simply request to have your things delivered back. Best of all, this can all be done right through a connected device with very little effort. Putting your stuff into storage doesn't get much more convenient than that!

It’s Going To Smell
From the sealer, to the stain, to the polyurethane, the chemicals that are going to be used on your floor have powerful odors and those odors have some serious staying power. In order to keep the smell from lingering too long, you’re going to want to make sure that the windows are kept open and that you remove furniture and other household items that will soak up that smell. That means drapes, rugs, pillows, couches, etc. need to be relocated while this is going on.

Remove Yourself & Pets
With all of the commotion, the dust, the various chemicals and unfavorable smells that are going to be infiltrating your home during this time, you need to make accommodations for yourself and your family members to vacate the house. This includes any pets you may have! Make plans to stay at a friend or family members’ house, at a hotel/motel, and board your pets so that they are safe and far away from everything going on in your home while the floors are being refinished.