Three and a half months after the water heater burst, Mr. Dapper and I finally got our cheese grater for a floor sanded down back to its smooth finish!
Since this action resulted in the inability for the flooring guy to match the floor stain already existing (which makes sense – who knows when this stain was put down), and with no clear line on the floor to start and stop, the entire unit had to be redone.
Here are some things we learned from the experience:
It’s easier when you’re not there
Although I am all about staying in the home when strangers are over, this is not the time to get overly protected. In a best-case scenario, restaining your floors are favorable before you move in to a new home – both for the sake of the workers to not have to deal with moving your furniture, but also because of the VOCs.
But, if you are going to do this endeavor while still living in the home, take advantage of a little stay-cation and spend a few nights at a local hotel!
Keep in mind, should you choose this route, everything that sits on your floor will be moved at some point. This is a great point in time to do a little KonMarie Method and start storing things on non-movable millwork, like your kitchen counters. Not even your large furniture is safe from a move!
Consider your home palette when you select your stain color
One thing I knew our floors needed was a shift in color, after all, since we had to restain, might as well consider our ROI. Although white oak floors stained more natural can bring in lightness to space, for us and the light color temperatures we used in the home (2700K), this makes the floors pretty yellow. Not sure why, but I tend to see a lot of developers going this route with the stain color and now it’s more of a staple of renovated homes and flippers.
Oil based? Water based?
One of the things we wanted to do was make sure the stain used was water-based. After experiencing a fire in the unit below us early into our home ownership, we realized how toxic these stains could be for others living in the same building.
Since we were out for four days/nights, we didn’t know the extent of the odor, but, we still wanted to be cordial. The guys who did our floor (thanks Mike’s Hardwood Flooring Inc!) did a really great job at helping every step of the way and gave us enough time to review the stain options and – more importantly – see a larger stain using the water-based option.
Know the care for after your floors are done
Once we made it back home to experience our new floors, there were things we had to understand. How long before we could put our rugs down? How long before shoes are okay on the floor?
It was also important to note how to clean the floors in order to maintain our new varnish. Turns out, this is helping towards our goal of a zero waste / homemade home. Out with the harmful cleaning chemicals, and in with warm water and vinegar!
What at do you think? How do you like the new color?