Are My Floors Able to be Restored?

Most wood floors are able to be restored as wood floors can usually withstand 5-6 sandings before they need to be replaced. Ultimately, Williamsport Wood Floors is unable to determine whether or not you are a candidate for floor restoration until we come on site and do an evaluation. Contact us today to set up your free evaluation.

What to Expect When Sanding and Finishing Hardwood Floors

When is it time to sand and finish again?

Bona recommends sanding and refinishing when the hardwood floor is dulling and/or has moderate to severe scratches. In addition, the finish has worn off to bare wood in high traffic areas or the homeowner has a desire to change stain color or sheen level of the floor. This process will restore the floor to a new condition.

Why Bona sanding?

• Virtually eliminates airborne dust, which minimizes clean-up headaches and reduces airborne particulates that can be harmful to your health
• No dust trapped in air vents or permeating your home
• No plastic hanging in your home = no timely clean-up
• No need to vacate the home during the process
• GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality by the industry-independent, non-profit GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Why Bona finishing?

• No harmful fumes so no need to vacate your home or business
• Beautiful - highlight the true beauty and elegance of wood
• Durable - Swedish finishes withstand heels and scratches from pets
• 90 year old Swedish company, selling products in 65 countries worldwide
• Used on famous floors world-wide, such as Westminster Cathedral, Nike Headquarters, and NBA & NCAA arenas across the US
• GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality by the industry-independent, non-profit GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

What to Expect Before the Job

Onsite Evaluation
The first step to any Williamsport Wood Floors job is to schedule an onsite evaluation. While we are onsite, we will determine eligibility for floor restoration, discuss options for different finishing types and provide you with an estimate for the job.

Cost of job
Williamsport Wood Floors is dedicated to providing the highest quality, safest and greenest wood floor restoration and installation. Sometimes this means that we are more expensive than our competition. You should ask yourself what corners the competition is cutting to offer you a lower price. With wood floors (just like most things in life), you get what you pay for. When you hire Williamsport Wood Floors for your flooring project, you are guaranteed to get a clean, green and low maintenance floor that you and your family (or customers) will love for years to come.

Chemical sensitivities?
If someone in the home has chemical sensitivities, ask us for a copy of the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for all the products being used on the floors. Your physician can then advise accordingly. Bona provides MSDS for all of our products on our professional website:

What to Expect During the Job

Work hours/expected length of time in the home

Every job is different and has its own unique complications, but Williamsport Wood Floors will do their best to provide accurate and relevant timelines that work with you and your schedule.

Do I need to vacate my home?
Using Bona Systems, consisting of waterborne finishes and dust containment sanding, you actually do not have to vacate the home. These finishes are environmentally safe with low-VOC's, no harmful fumes and fast dry times. You can be back on your floors in no time. Dust-free sanding means that a powerful vacuum motor is connected to all of the sanding equipment, virtually eliminating all the airborne dust generated from the sanding process. Therefore, you don't need to hang any plastic in the home. In addition, Bona Systems are GREENGUARD certified for indoor air quality, making them safe for your family and home.

Potential delays
If you are unable to determine what products are currently on your floors, it could lengthen the sanding process. We continually stress the importance of being educated on the life of your floors. Also, temperature and relative humidity can play a role in the dry times of the product.

Issues for pets?
The Bona System is safe for your pets. However, it is a good idea to keep pets off the floors during the sand and finish process, until the finish is fully cured, so there is no contamination, dirt or hair in the polyurethane coating of your floor.

How many coats will be applied?
The standard for a hardwood floor is at least three coats. This consists of one seal coat (which may be the stain) and two coats of finish. Additional costs of finish may be applied depending on the need.

What to Expect After the Job

When can I walk across the floors again?

A floor finish will be more susceptible to scuffing and scratching until it is fully cured. Your floor can be walked on with stocking feet in 3-4 hours and furniture can be placed back on the floor (not dragged) in 48 hours. Area rugs can be put down in one week when the finish is fully cured.

How much clean-up will be needed?
Clean-up is extremely minimal with the Bona Systems. Since the sanding is dust-free, virtually all the airborne dust generated during the process is eliminated, so there is no wasted time spent hanging and taking down plastic in the home. In addition, everything must be picked up and cleaned before the finishing portion, so you are not left with any mess in your home.

What kind of maintenance is required after the process?
This depends on the amount of traffic you have in your home. If you have children and pets, you will want to clean more regularly. We recommend dusting your floors with a dust mop daily or every other day. Regularly clean floors with a waterborne, non-toxic formula that is specifically formulated for hardwood floors. IT'S INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT USE HARSH CHEMICALS ON YOUR WOOD FLOORS. THE CHEMICALS CAN CAUSE DISTORTIONS IN THE FINISH OF THE FLOOR.

I'm a Contractor and Want to Hire Williamsport Wood Floors for the Flooring Installation.

Why should I hire Williamsport Wood Floors for my construction project?

Williamsport Wood Floors knows that flooring is one of the last phases of a new construction. We also know that by this stage, the project is likely over budget and you might be looking to cut corners. It's important to remember that your clients will spend more time with their flooring than any other part of their house. It's vital to hire a professional team that can do the job with minimal impact to the jobsite. Williamsport Wood Floors can also work with painters or any other workers on the jobsite to determine the best work schedule for finishing the full job.

What preparations do I need to make for Williamsport Wood Floors on a new construction project?

When bringing in Williamsport Wood Floors for the floor installation on a new construction, iness) must be in regular living conditions. In other words, the humidity should be normal conditions, temperature should be around normal room temperatures, etc. High humidity, low temperature, high temperature, etc inhibit the curing process of the wood finish.

Something's Wrong with my Floor. What do I do?

It's incredibly important that you contact Williamsport Wood Floors IMMEDIATELY for any problems.

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