Hardwood Flooring refinishing in Westchester County – Everything you ever wanted to know about sanding your floors


Refinish hardwood floors westchester countyRefinishing your hardwood floors can have a huge impact on your Westchester home.  You will be amazed at how refreshed your home will look…and the floors will look good as new. Many don’t realize that when you sand and refinish the floors, you have the option to change the color – you can go from dark to light or light to dark or anywhere in between.


If you have hardwood flooring underneath your carpet, you are in luck. Usually, refinishing and restoring the hardwood will cost LESS than recarpeting. And, most homeowners prefer the look and feel of hardwood. Not only will it improve your home’s value, but they are much easier to clean and maintain.

How does the hardwood refinishing process work?

oak hardwood flooirng in westchester countyFirst, all the furniture and all items need to be moved off of the floor. Sometimes, our customers move the furniture; other times they prefer to have us move it. If there is carpet to remove, we take care of that as well. We put plastic around all of the areas that will not be sanded. We then sand the floors 3 times…each time with finer and finer grits so that the wood looks like raw hardwood again and the pores are open to accept the stain and polyurethane.  We use edgers to help around the edge of the room.


From there, we apply a stain (if you want to stain the floors) or if you are going natural, we add on a coat of polyurethane. After this has dried, we add on another coat of polyurethane, and after that has dried, we buff the floors and add on another coat of polyurethane. During that entire time, you can not walk on the floors nor have any furniture on the floor. For this reason, it’s ideal to do this work either BEFORE you move in or while you are away (not to mention that it is messy and it smells). See below of for a link on how long the process takes as well as the different types of polyurethane (the different types have different drying times and it’s important that you plan ahead).


Refinish hardwood floors westchester county cherry oakThe sanding machines have bags attached to capture most of the sawdust (similar to a lawn mower), and we vacuum in between each coat.  It’s important that while the refinishing process is going on and it’s drying that no other work is happening elsewhere in the house.  If so, dust created by other workers can easily settle in the stain and polyurethane.
If you have pet stains (or water stains) on your hardwood, we can help you fix that. Usually, the hardwood can be replaced and woven in, and after you refinish the hardwood floors, it will look good as new.

We offer dustless sanding and refinishing – Westchester NY

Many of our customers prefer the dustless refinishing as it’s much cleaner and neater. It’s especially good if you are already living in your home, and if one of your family members is sensitive to dust or has asthma. Dustless sanding does cost a bit more than the standard method, so we will often price out both options for our customers.


Choosing a stain color for your hardwood floors in Westchester County.

dark hardwood flooring ebony westchester NYWe help our customers choose colors by providing guidance on colors that are in style and will go with your overall style and decor.  We usually test 3 stain colors for our customers so that they feel comfortable with the decision.  It’s much better to test the stain on your own floors…the same stain color can look different in different homes, pending on the species of hardwood, the grade of wood as well as its age and based on the lighting in the home.  Wood naturally has color variation, so some boards will come out lighter and some darker, so going off a single stain chip can be misleading…it’s much better to see it on a larger section of your own floor.


For more info on hardwood stain colors, check out these 2 blog posts.  You can also visit minwax.com to see the full stain color range.


You can also see the breadth of oak hardwood flooring colors and styles in this video.

Oak hardwood flooring and stain colors in Westchester NY


Frequently asked questions about Hardwood floor refinishing in Westchester County

We are a Shop at home flooring store in Westchester County.

We make things easy for you by “bringing the store to your door.” We can refinish existing hardwood flooring as well as add new hardwood to additional rooms. We also offer carpet and tile, so not only can help you for all your types of flooring, but we can be objective and tell you the trade-offs and costs differences among many flooring options.


The Flooring Girl 914-937-2950



We are proud of our work, but don’t rely on our word…ask our customers! We have won the Angie’s list Super Service award 2 years in a row, and you can even check our google reviews online. And, we will gladly provide with a list of over 30 customers to call.

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My name is Debbie Gartner, and I'm known as "The Flooring Girl." I own my own flooring store called Floor Coverings International, and we serve Westchester NY and Fairfield CT counties.We install hardwood flooring, carpet, tile flooring, laminate, bamboo and cork flooring. We also refinish hardwood floors. We are a shop at home flooring store. You can call us at 914-937-2950 to schedule a free flooring consultation or email us at debbie@TheFlooringGirl.com. Let us "bring the store to your door."If you are calling outside of Westchester/Fairfield Counties, please contact us at 914-407-3899.

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2 Response Comments

  • wood floors nyc  July 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Great article, very informative. I’m sure you’ll be able to give ideas on people whom are looking for additional info on
    how does the hardwood refinishing process work.


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