Saturday, December 28, 2019

How Do I Need To Prepare My Home When Refinishing My Hardwood Floors?

All furniture should be removed from the room you plan where your having your hardwood floors refinished. This is because you will save a lot of money on not having to move the furniture back and forth. If you can't avoid furniture in the room when refinishing, there will be additional cost. 

The process of wood floor refinishing takes twice as long when you have belongings in the room. This is because you have to move everything to one side than to the other side and set up twice. Set up takes a long time with all the sanding machines and wiring. You can't move things around while you are refinishing your wood floors either because the machines are too big. The furniture will get damaged. You will be paying a big moving fee. 

If you are doing just a light sanding or refreshing the surface polyurethane, than your furniture can be in the room without a problem. As long as you have all the loose ends and the have the furniture emptied out (including electronics unplugged) the process will not have that much more time added to it.  This is because the machines are not that big and there is not as much drying time compared to when your fully sanding down the wood. You will be paying a moving fee, but not twice the price as you would with a full sanding. 

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Are My Hardwood Floors Thick Enough To Sand And Refinish?

If your wood floors are too thin they will sand right though and break when refinishing. There are a few methods to check if the hardwood floor boards are too thin.

Before you start checking for the thickness, find the tongue and groove and understand what that is. The tongue and groove is how the boards connect. You will see a wood groove or indentation in the wood boards (on the side and in the front). This is the tongue and groove of the hardwood board. The thickness of the wood is measured from from the top of the wood to where the tongue and groove starts.

After understanding what the tongue and groove is, one way to check the thickness is to look at the end or front of the wood boards (use a flashlight). You can find the ends or fronts by where the wood meets kitchen tile, meets the closets, any other rooms start, or around any saddles. Shine a flash light down into the gap and see if you can see the tongue and groove. If the there is a good enough space from where the tongue and groove starts and the top of the wood boards, your hardwood floors are thick enough to sand. You can also use a paper card of some sort to slide between the spaces. When the card hits the tongue and groove, you can mark the paper card to measure the thickness.

Another method to use to find the thickness of your hardwood floors, is to check between the sides of the floor boards. If you have gaps between the wood boards, shine the light between the gaps to find the tongue and groove. You can use the same method with the paper card to measure the thickness.
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Monday, December 23, 2019

Can Maple Hardwood Floors Be Stained?

The reason why maple hardwood flooring is not often stained is because of the grains patterns. The patterns after refinishing and staining can be seen as "blotchy" to some customers. Maple is often left in its natural state without stain because the grains are less visible and the maple wood floor's look very light. The white or light look of Maple is the biggest reason why the wood floor is popular. 

Maple hardwood floors can be stained any color you would like but sure to have a sample made before applying the stain to the entire floor. The grain patters that come up with staining do not bother everyone and it is more of a personal choice.
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Friday, December 20, 2019

Is Oil Based Polyurethane More Durable Than Water Based?

This question definitely depends on the circumstances. Overall, as long as your using a high grade commercial based polyurethane either oil or water based, it becomes a matter of which type the craftsman likes to use on hardwood floors.

What it is important is the look here. Oil will yellow and give the wood an oil color. Water based (as long as its a high grade) will remain clear and natural. You definitely cannot use an oil based on a white hardwood floors or any light colors because your don't want the floors to darken or shift color from an oil.
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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Is It Easy To Sand And Refinish Hardwood Floors?

The answer is it is not recommended. It takes years of experience to learn how to control and use the sanding machines properly. The sanding equipment will definitely toss you around and you can risk injury and will not get a high quality result. The rental equipment provided by major outlets and small hardware stores are not high quality machines and there different than the ones the professionals use.

The machines the professionals use are heavier and more maintained. Overall, they sand a lot more even. Professionals also know how to control the machines. If you own your home, you don't want to leave gauges and marks all over your floors from rental sanders that are not used properly. You can also thin out the hardwood boards too much causing you to have to replace the entire floor which of course is extremely expensive. Also, remember staining or polyurethane finish application has to be applied with a certain technique. Bubbles, lines, and blemishes will most likely happen if your not extremely careful and don't know what your doing. Even junior wood floor refinishers with a years experience make these application mistakes. 

If you have a small room that your not too concerned about if it gets messed up, then sure go ahead and give it a try. Otherwise, hardwood floor refinishing is one area you would want to leave to the professionals.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Do You Paint Before Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors? Or, Do You Refinish Your Wood Floors First?

This is always the big question for new home owners or customers looking to renovate a room in their home. Painters say they should go first and the hardwood floor refinishers say they should go first? So which is best?

Painting should come after the wood floor refinishing.  This is simply because the sanding process can create scuff marks along the baseboards from the machines going up against the baseboards. Taping the baseboards after freshly painted will not work either. The new paint can peel away when you take it off (even with light tape). Unless you the homeowner want to repaint the baseboards after the refinishing, the painter should come second. 

This should not be big deal because as you can imagine, people always paint rooms in their homes without refinishing their wood floors. So, painters know the proper precautions which is to simply just cover the floors with paper.
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Monday, December 16, 2019

Are Glossy Floor More Durable Than Satin, Semi-Gloss, Or Matte?

This is a misconception that the more shine your floors have the more durable the wood floors are. The shine (which is usually called polyurethane or varnish) has nothing to do with how strong the surface will be across the hardwood boards.

The durability is determined by the actual quality of the product. The best durability you can get would be from a commercial brand polyurethane. The sheen does not make a difference. Gloss sheens actually will show the most damage because as you can imagine it highlights every scratch, stain, or ding that much more.

The most popular polyurethane in 2019 going into 2020 are definitely satin and matte finishes. Subtle and more natural are the new look in wood floor refinishing. Customers also like the flatter sheens because they do not highlight scratches or stains like a gloss does. They are also easier to spot fix sections of the wood flooring in the future.
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Sunday, December 15, 2019

How To Pick Out The Right Stain Color For Your Hardwood Floors?

When it comes to picking out the stain color for your hardwood floors, you have to take into consideration the exact wood species. Red Oak and White Oak for instant take in color totally different from each other. Also, exotic species have a specific way they can be stained. 

Often times, people just do an search online and find a color that is a engineered color made in a factor and tell their wood floor refinishers that they would like that color. Unfortunately, its not that easy. If your wood floors have red in it, that will influence the color. If your floors also have blond in it, that will influence that color.

Consult with a professional before you spend all your time looking up colors. He or she can evaluate your floors and then explain the exact colors your hardwood floors would look great with so you can start your floor color search from there. Wood can sometimes be manipulated through refinishing practices such as bleaching or pre-tone staining, but again it depends on the exact kind of wood species and the grade you have.
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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Our Hardwood Floor Refinishing Coverage Areas In New York

When it comes to sanding and refinishing your wood floors, we have dustless methods to keep your home clean. We use only the most up to date drum, edger, and hardwood flooring tools available on the market to make the best finish possible. Our vacuums are all HEPA vacuum filter top grade machines that leave no dust in your home. We also provide deep cleaning services to remove all the dirt build up from your wood floors if sanding is not necessary and your floors need a spruce up.

Please see our coverage areas below;

BoroughNeighborhoodZIP Codes
BronxCentral Bronx10453, 10457, 10460
Bronx Park and Fordham10458, 10467, 10468
High Bridge and Morrisania10451, 10452, 10456
Hunts Point and Mott Haven10454, 10455, 10459, 10474
Kingsbridge and Riverdale10463, 10471
Northeast Bronx10466, 10469, 10470, 10475
Southeast Bronx10461, 10462,10464, 10465, 10472, 10473
BrooklynCentral Brooklyn11212, 11213, 11216, 11233, 11238
Southwest Brooklyn11209, 11214, 11228
Borough Park11204, 11218, 11219, 11230
Canarsie and Flatlands11234, 11236, 11239
Southern Brooklyn11223, 11224, 11229, 11235
Northwest Brooklyn11201, 11205, 11215, 11217, 11231
Flatbush11203, 11210, 11225, 11226
East New York and New Lots11207, 11208
Greenpoint11211, 11222
Sunset Park11220, 11232
Bushwick and Williamsburg11206, 11221, 11237
ManhattanCentral Harlem10026, 10027, 10030, 10037, 10039
Chelsea and Clinton10001, 10011, 10018, 10019, 10020, 10036
East Harlem10029, 10035
Gramercy Park and Murray Hill10010, 10016, 10017, 10022
Greenwich Village and Soho10012, 10013, 10014
Lower Manhattan10004, 10005, 10006, 10007, 10038, 10280
Lower East Side10002, 10003, 10009
Upper East Side10021, 10028, 10044, 10065, 10075, 10128
Upper West Side10023, 10024, 10025
Inwood and Washington Heights10031, 10032, 10033, 10034, 10040
QueensNortheast Queens11361, 11362, 11363, 11364
North Queens11354, 11355, 11356, 11357, 11358, 11359, 11360
Central Queens11365, 11366, 11367
Jamaica11412, 11423, 11432, 11433, 11434, 11435, 11436
Northwest Queens11101, 11102, 11103, 11104, 11105, 11106
West Central Queens11374, 11375, 11379, 11385
Rockaways11691, 11692, 11693, 11694, 11695, 11697
Southeast Queens11004, 11005, 11411, 11413, 11422, 11426, 11427, 11428, 11429
Southwest Queens11414, 11415, 11416, 11417, 11418, 11419, 11420, 11421
West Queens11368, 11369, 11370, 11372, 11373, 11377, 11378
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What safety protection do i need when refinishing my hardwood floors?

You want to make sure you wear the proper gear. Gloves are used when applying polyurethane. Mask are used when both applying urethanes or varnishes. Mask's are also used when sanding and scraping. Especially if you do not have dustless drum machines or edgers, you should be using masks. 

Knee pads are used for when your working in all the corners. Headphones are for all the noise coming off the buffer, vacuums, drum, and edger. Gloves are also used for carrying machines in and out of the homes as well as handling the sandpaper.
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Can I Bleach My Hardwood Floors?

Leave bleaching up to the professionals. When bleaching wood floors, it is always best to bleach twice to truly get a light and white look. Red oak is very hard to get out all of the pink completely, so use precaution. White oak has has very little pink tones if any and will bleach out the best. One does have to be care of the green tones in the boards as well when bleaching.

After two rounds of bleaching of the wood, its is best to use part b of the bleach solution provide by the manufacturer. Sometimes this is used twice to even out any discoloration. A vinegar wash is also used sometimes to stop the bleaching. All of this is provided on the label of your bleach bottles. 

Lastly, you have to wait 24 hrs to be safe everything is drey before applying your wood stain. Once, all is dry you can complete the refinishing process as normally done.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Do Black or Dark Stained Hardwood Floors Get Dirty Easier? Do They Show Dirt and Dust More?

Black floors don't show "dirt" more than any other color hardwood floors. They actually hide dirt or stains more because they are dark. The wood shows light dust but only after weeks of build up and mainly in front of window areas where the sunlight is directly shining on the floors. This is because light white dust against dark tones show up. But, this is only after a few weeks and its really not that obvious. A simple dust routine and cleaning (which should be done regardless) will take care of any dust problems. 

Sometimes there are problems with blemishes or the floors taking on footprints easily. This has to do with the polyurethane finish that is on the floors and not the actual color. Some sealers and finishes are more susceptible to these problems than others.
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What Types Of Wood Flooring Are In Style in 2020 in New York. 

Wide boards are definitely in style in 2020. More spaces have it be residential or commercial are loving the wide board style. There are many to choose from and the wood can go past 12 inches wide. The most typical are anywhere from 3.5 inches to 8 inches wide. When it comes to refinishing the hardwood floors using wide planks, most customers are going with a really light and natural polyurethane, bleaching, or going in the dark walnut/ebony range.
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Can I Refinish My Hardwood Floors Myself? 

When refinishing your hardwood floors, there are basic tools that are used. A drum machine, edger, scrapers, buffer, multi disc driver, and vacuums. Most of these items you can rent from your local rental store but they will be of low quality. This is because they are usually old, not working properly, and kick out a lot of dust. Rental equipment will most likely damage your floors leaving big machine marks and an uneven sanding.

A high quality dustless wood floor refinishing company will have top grade machines that are up to date, have regular maintenance done, and sand your floors really smooth without the messy dust left behind. The quality of the sanding is far superior not only because of the machines but because of the mechanic using the machines who usually have years of experience.

Your hardwood floors are one of the biggest valuable assets to your home. It is not worth risking such an important part of your home to save money here. Overall, it is best to hire a professional because the rental equipment is usually really bad at sanding smooth and it takes years of experience to not cause damage to the wood floors while sanding and refinishing them.

If you are considering a dustless wood floor refinishing to finish your floors contact Wood Vitalize in New York, NY. They also have locations in Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Westchester County.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Does Your Polyurethane Finish Have A Cloudy Look?

This problem can occur for multiple reasons. The biggest reason why this happens is because one of the layers of polyurethane was applied before the previous layer was completely dry. Trapped chemicals results it the hazy look. This can also occur if your mixing different polyurethanes together.

The solution would be either to screen the floors (lightly sand them) and apply new layers of finish (polyurethane) or to completely sand the floors over. Do a test spot to determine the best results.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Wood Floor Refinishing Before Moving Into Your Home

Save Money Your Hardwood Floor Refinishing

It will save you a lot of money to hire you hardwood flooring company before you move into your home. Moving the furniture doubles and triples the amount of time between drying or sanding the floors. 

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Top Rated New York, NY Wood Floor Refinishing Company.

Top Rated New York, NY Wood Floor Refinishing Company. 

Wood Vitalize has been rated the top wood floor refinishing company in New York, NY for 8 years in a row by industry professionals and home consumers. Visit Wood Vitalize for all your questions on hardwood floor refinishing. From installation, repairs, polyurethane, nails, cracks, stain colors, and more. It is important to cover all aspects of coatings and problem areas when performing a wood floor refining.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

How To Determine What Finish Is On Your Hardwood Floors Before Refinishing?

How To Determine What Finish Is On Your 

Hardwood Floors Before Refinishing?

       Being Careful When Applying Wood Floor Polyurethane Is Very Important. 

Use mineral spirits to test what is currently on the floors. Urethane will not be affected while Lacquer will dissolve. While, wax turns white when water is added to it. Also, Shellac dissolves by denatured alcohol.  For all your refinishing questions, we would be happy to help. You can contact us at 1-888-901-7445 or with the information below. 

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

What are the parts of the hardwood floors that are available in today's market? How does that influence how you refinish your wood floors? Wood Vitalize has the answers to these questions. 

Parts of the trunk include the bark phloem, cambium, sapwood, and heartwood. All of these areas produce growth rings that we call the grains of the hardwood floor boards. Newly formed wood in the trunk is called sapwood which grows older into the areas called heartwood. Heartwood is sensitive to moisture than sapwood. To learn more about the importance of your wood floor characteristics visit us today at

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Wood Floor Information From Wood Vitalize. What is the best Polyurethane to use for your hardwood floors?

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Top hardwood floors in the industry. Providing Dustless Wood Floor Refinishing to the following floors;

  • Douglas Fir
  • Cypress
  • Cumaru
  • Black Cherry
  • Bubinga
  • Brazilian Walnut
  • Brazilian Maple
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Black Walnut
  • Birch
  • Beech
  • Bamboo
  • White Ash
  • Cork
  • Sydney Blue Gum
  • Spotted Gum
  • Sapele
  • Red Oak
  • Purple Heart
  • Pudauk
  • Pine Southern Yellow
  • Pine Antique Heart
  • Mesquite
  • Merbau
  • Maple Sugar Hard
  • Mahogany
  • Jarrah
  • Iroko
  • Hickory Pecan
  • White Oak
  • Wenge
  • Read Oak

Servicing Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Westchester County.   Hardwood Floor Refinishing see below
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Monday, November 25, 2019

How To Find The Best Wood Floor Refinishing Contractor In Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx And Westchester Count? What Questions Do You Ask?

Finding the right hardwood floor refinishing company can be very hard. We can help you decide which options are best for you when it comes to stain, colors, polyurethane, and floor types. 

Manhattan, Sunnyside Queens, Long Island City, and Astoria. 
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Providing wood floor refinishing and staining in Long Island City and Sunnyside, Queens today.

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