Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers about hardwood floors, wood floors installing, and hardwood floor maintenance.

Do I need to leave the house while the floors are being refinished?

It is not necessary for most people to leave their homes while the floors are being refinished. You will not notice dust. At times the sanding operation can be noisy.

How long does it take to make my floor look new again?

Each hardwood floor is unique and we tailor our services to the
condition of your hardwood floor and to achieving your desired result.
The work can take from one day to a week depending on the size of floor
you have and the job that is required.

What is the procedure for refinishing floors?

The floor is sanded with coarse paper to level a new floor or remove old
finish. Then, the entire floor area is filled to eliminate cracks and
nail holes. The floor is sanded two more times with progressively finer
grit sand paper. Then screened with a high grit then one sealer coat is
applied then screened again with an even higher grit then finally two
coats of finish are applied to the floor.

What floor finishes your company uses?

The finishes we use produce the most beautiful, lasting results
available, without all the toxic chemicals contained in most other
finishes. We are concerned about our team’s health, the health of our
customers, and the environment. Why would we use anything else?

Are all water base polyurethane finishes safe?

I use the safest finishes I know of. Some water base polyurethanes have
almost as high a VOC (solvent) content as oil base polyurethanes, and
contain other dangerous chemicals.

Are all floor finishes the same?

No. Just like most other products, there is a great deal of difference
between finishes. There are several that produce good results, but
contain very large amounts of toxic chemicals. There are very few
manufacturers that seem to have made a genuine effort to be health
conscious, environmentally responsible, and produce a durable, high
quality product.

What do I need to do before my floors are refinished?

All furniture, carpeting, drapes, wall hangings, and kick-knacks should
be removed. All nails or staples from carpet removal, must be pulled
from the floor. Flooring machines create noise and vibration and could
cause items to rattle & fall. Pets should be moved to somewhere out
of the way where they will be happy. Also all the furniture has to be
moved to another area of the house.

Anything I should know before I start?

For your safety, wear a dust mask. You are likely to stir up lots of
stuff that you don’t want to breathe. Take care to remove all staples,
and to avoid damaging the floor. Some stains may be visible after the
carpet has been removed. Black, or gray stains are usually caused by
water, or pets. They often go deep into the wood, and may not completely
come out.

Why dustless wood floor sanding?

Anyone who has experienced the pollution created by conventional
hardwood sanding knows the answer to this question. Dustless sanding
provides a healthy, clean, efficient and revolutionary alternative for
home and property owners.

When is it safe to move furniture back in?

Classic Floors Chicago team is confident with their experience and
customer’s satisfaction. Our company’s policy is to guarantee our work
and customer satisfaction. We have the highest standards for finishing
your floors. Our floor refinishing jobs have ranged from a small
apartment to a 10,000 SqFt commercial building.

Still have a question ?

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