Frequently Asked Questions

South Coast Floor Sanding


Q: How dustless is dustless?

A: 95% Dust Free. It is unnecessary to hang plastic or remove sensitive electronics. Our professionals don't even wear dust masks.

Q: Why go dustless?

A: The benefits are numerous: 95% dust free, no clean-up, no lingering irritants, no downtime for site protection, and a better finish on your floors. It is the best choice for a cleaner and healthier home.

Q: Do I need to remove my furniture?

A: We ask that you remove all the smaller items out of the way and we can help move the larger items off the floor.

Q: When can I put my furniture back?

A: Our general rule of thumb is that furniture can be placed back onto the floor 24 hours after the last coat of urethane is applied. Area Rugs will need to be kept off of the floor for the entire cure time of your chosen urethane.

Q: How many times can a floor be sanded?

A: A solid 3/4" tongue and groove floor should be able to get 5 to 6 professional sandings, provided the sub-floor was somewhat level to begin with. Top-nailed strip should be able to get 3 to 4 professional sandings.

Q: What is the procedure for refinishing floors?

A: The floor is sanded multiple times with progressively finer grits of paper to level the floor and remove old finish. Then, 3 coats of your selected finish are applied to the floor. Buffing occurs between each coat to minimize contaminants in the finish.

Q: Can I change the color of my floor?

A: Yes. We have multiple stains for you to choose from. On the first day of the process, we will apply samples to your floor for you to preview and make your selections.

Q: How long will it take to sand and re-finish my floors?

A: About 3 to 4 days to sand and finish a floor approximately 500 square feet in size. The condition of a floor may cause for a longer than expected process. This will become clear as the floor is sanded. We inform all our customers about the progress of their floors.

Q: How long will it take for the finish to dry so that I may walk on the floor?

A: Please note that every home has different environments which may affect the dry time.

Q: Do I have to leave my house?

A: The sanding procedure can be tolerated by the homeowner, if a room can be avoided from the time that the room is sanded to the end of the finish's dry time. Some finishes are strong-smelling and may cause for alternative sleeping plans.

Q: What about my pets?

A: Pets just like homeowners need to avoid the room during the entire sanding and refinishing process.

Q: Should I choose a water-based finish or an Polyurethane finish?

A: There are advantages to both. Please refer the Finish Comparison chart below to make your best selection.

Q: Do you remove carpet?

A: Yes. We will remove your carpet, pad, and tack strips.

Q: Under my carpet are black spots. What are they and can they be repaired?

A: Black spots on a floor could mean a couple of different things. They can be caused by water damage from a flower pot or a water leak or they could be a pet stain, which leaves an ammonia burn on the finish. Normally, we attempt to sand the black spots out and if unsuccessful, we can replace the damaged boards.

Q: What is the best way to clean and maintain my floor?

A: Vacuum or sweep floor regularly. Remove spills promptly. For easy cleaning, use a damp mop and slightly diluted sunlight soap. Never use any detergent with ammoniac in.

Q: There are boards missing from or damaged in my floor. Can you repair my floor?

A: Yes. Most floors can be repaired or replaced, although some repairs are easier than others. Repairs such as dented or broken boards and patched areas that require a spliced in section are common occurrences in the flooring trade.

Q: What if I live in a high-rise?

A: No problem