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How to prepare for hardwood refinishing

We’re excited to help you transform your hardwood floors! Proper preparation is essential to ensure a smooth and successful refinishing process. Please follow this checklist to get your home ready for our hardwood floor refinishing services:

1. Clear the Area:

  • Remove all furniture, area rugs, and any obstacles from the rooms where refinishing will take place. This includes drapes and curtains that may touch the floor.

2. HVAC Control

  • Please make sure we are able to use the HVAC controls. We will turn off the HVAC system during the sanding process to prevent dust ingress into the system but will turn it back on during dry time to maintain an optimal temperature and humidity for the stain and polyurethane to dry properly. 

3. Dust Management:

  • While we take precautions to minimize dust, it is advisable to cover or remove any items in adjacent rooms to protect them from dust migration. 

4. Empty Cabinets and Shelves:

  • In rooms with built-in cabinets or shelves, please clear them of all items to prevent dust and debris from settling on your belongings. We use plastic sheeting to contain the dust to our work area but recommend you remove anything from these areas you want to remain free of settling dust. This includes kitchen cabinets, book shelves, or any other storage unit in the work area. 

5. Remove Wall Decorations:

  • Take down any wall decorations, such as pictures, mirrors, and artwork, to protect them from dust and potential damage during the refinishing process.

    6. Seal Off Adjacent Areas:

    • Close doors and seal off adjacent rooms to prevent dust and odors from spreading throughout your home. We will seal the area with plastic sheeting as well. 

    7. Disconnect Electronics:

    • Safely disconnect and cover electronics and appliances in the vicinity to protect them from dust.

    8. Prepare for Noise:

    • If you are staying in the home during the refinishing process, be prepared for significant noise. 

    9. Plan for Alternative Accommodations:

    • Depending on the scope of the project, you may need to make arrangements to stay elsewhere temporarily to allow for proper drying and curing of finishes.  Oil based polyurethane odors are harmful and contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs.) It is not recommended to breathe the fumes produced. 

    10. Communicate Special Requests:

    • If you have specific requests or concerns, please communicate them with our team before the refinishing process begins.

    By following this checklist, you’ll help us provide you with the best hardwood floor refinishing experience possible. If you have any questions or require further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Thank you for choosing Park Place Flooring. We look forward to enhancing the beauty of your home’s floors.