Anyone who has embarked on a hardwood flooring project probably knows that sanding the wood is one of the most crucial steps in the process. Because it is so normal for sanding to be done, you may never have stopped to ask exactly why hardwood flooring needs to be sanded if you are completing a refinishing project. If you are in the hardwood floor refinishing or installation market, the team here at Hardwood Perfect Flooring wants to ensure you know the steps involved in such a process and what sanding your floors does for the project as a whole.

For New Floors

If you are installing new wood floors in your home, you may be drawn to the appealing shine and luster of the new planks. This is what we in the hardwood business call mill glaze. It may or may not be a myth in the hardwood world, but this is the glossy film you see formed around the wood after the cutting process, without any stain or finish. If you are installing your new hardwood flooring, you will most likely be having it sanded, stained, and finished. If you choose to forgo the sanding process, your stain and finish will not take. Rather, it will essentially fight against the additions on top of this mill glaze layer and wear off far more quickly. Sometimes, it may not allow a finish or stain to set into the wood at all.

Instead, sanding your new wood floors when you are installing them is crucial for their future health and upkeep. Sand will strip away this glossy out-of-the-box coating and allow you to adapt the new hardwood to your needs.

For Old Floors

So, we know why mill glaze needs to be sanded off of your new hardwood flooring, but what about the wood floors that have already been installed? In order to make these bad boys ready for any sort of maintenance or upkeep, sanding is a crucial piece of the puzzle. Sanding already installed floors opens up all of the possibilities for floors and is useful for numerous reasons, including:

  • More effective than chemical stripping: chemical stripping is great in a pinch, but it is not the remedy for removing all of the targeted paint or stain. Using a chemical stripper will get the majority of the job done, but could leave leftovers in splotches and will not completely clean the surface.
  • Remove imperfections: No matter how hard we try, wood is an imperfect medium and is also subject to damage from people. If there are nicks or scratches in the surface of your hardwood flooring, sanding it can remove these imperfections and make it as perfect as possible to take on a new stain or finish.

Sanding hardwood to prepare it for new additions or projects is only half the battle. If you are planning on installing or refinishing your hardwood flooring, trust the best in New York City. Hardwood Perfect Flooring is ready to help the New York metro area with your flooring needs. Give us a call and find out how we can help you today!