Pete's Hardwood Floors, Inc.
The Mall of Street Paul 1817 Selby Avenue
Fairview Avenue N
Therefore, no matter how bad your historic or original floors may look...there is a 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 they can be saved with a little elbow grease and some hardwood floor refinishing! Now, is it a 𝘋𝘐𝘠 project for 𝗬𝗢𝗨? Check out our blog with all the floor refinishing details and decide for yourself! 👍
𝗧𝗜𝗣: Take care if you are sanding! While most jobs require starting with 36 grit...there are other factors to consider like current floor thickness (you want to be careful if they are already super thin), refinishing without sanding, current condition - good to bad, etc) LEARN MORE HERE...
Also, a big thanks to Pete's Hardwood Floors, Inc. for some great reference material!
We started with a 1953 rambler which had a 17X10 patch of plywood in the living room. Removed old wood purchased new wood, merged the old and new in living room. Sanded and finished floors in living & dining rooms and hallway.
WE CAN"T THANK PETE'S HARDWOOD AND ALL THE AMAZING STAFF WHO COACHED US ALONG THE WAY.
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20 years ago we had oak wood floors put over entire 1st floor of our home. We are renovating our 1st Floor BR changing from cabinet sink to pedestal sink. This required installation of oak flooring where vanity once stood. My husband's first ever flooring experience. I think he did great but now we are faced with color differences. I know we used a water based seal. I am inclined to think we didn't use a stain for original installation.
My question is how can I tell if a stain was used or is the color difference due to age of original floor. The picture w/o tools has the water base seal applied.
With time will new wood darken or is a stain needed?
Thank you so much for any input.
Also, a big thanks to Pete's Hardwood Floors, Inc. for some great reference material.
When we moved into our house a year ago, we knew we'd have to pull up the W2W carpet (asthma & allergies) but had no idea the floor would be in such terrible condition. It looked as though someone had attempted to chemically strip it, saw it was too much work, then covered it with carpeting. Disgusting.
Bob came out, gave us a clear and fair estimate, and was able to squeeze us in within a month. We were SO happy! Plus, our dog really liked Bob.
We followed Bob's instructions for clearing the house, for dealing with the inconvenience, and he made it as painless as possible. He sanded, cleaned, sealed and did whatever magic he did.
Now, a few days after the dust has cleared (very LITTLE dust, actually!) and the floors are finished, we are SO HAPPY!
THANK YOU PETE'S FLOORS! You were fair, fast and phenomenal!
Next we'll tackle the stairs, and we might even try it on our own, with Pete's Floor's expert assistance!
Best ever hardwood floor equipment rental store. Ever. Make an appointment and come down and learn something.
You can SO sand your floors yourself...if you have Pete's Hardwood Floors there to train you and hold your hand. Of course we rent floor sanders, edgers, buffers and nailers, but more importantly we give you one-on-one, hands-on, free training with the rental of any one of those tools.
Patching. It's a tricky business sure, but it's hard to believe it could go THIS wrong.
A customer initially considered buying reclaimed birch from Pete's to DIY some board replacement, but let a contractor handle it instead. The contractor used new maple in the patched areas, which left them bright white against the older birch. The customer, rightly, complained to the company about the poorly matching patches. The final photo was their idea of a "solution." The horror.
Sorry for not posting an answer yesterday - we were really enjoying all your theories! Here's our explanation of what we think happened.
The floor had been successfully coated with one layer of waterborne sealer. The opaque, dusty material started to appear at the end of the first gallon of topcoat. Only one gallon was used for about 700sqft, so the spread rate was high. And we noticed that the floor coated at the "beginning" of the gallon showed no whiteness at all, but it was GLOSSY. Bingo. The coater admitted they had not stirred or even agitated the gallon of polyurethane, which was a modern matte finish, chock full of silica flatteners. So, this last room was coated with the dregs of the gallon, when it was down to just solids and flattening agents. We can't imagine how it even flowed enough to apply!
How was it fixed? It took a combination of a 60grit screen on a 16" buffer, plus hand-scraping around the edges where it was thickest.
The moral of this story: stir your polyurethane.
This was the most mysterious and confounding set of photos we had ever received. It still makes us queasy to look at them. We figured out what happened, but it took an hour of crawling over the floor. Can you explain what caused this? We'll listen to your theories, then give you the answer tomorrow.
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Look what a customer made for us! It's a whole sample board of Rubio on Ash which is not a common flooring wood, but super-popular with our furniture and cabinet-building clients. A treasure.
We thought about tagging the satan guy as Dome Hepot, but that would have been wrong.
So, we’re a little slow- it takes us time to digest new ideas- but we’ve collected our thoughts on our trip to Milwaukee for the 2023 National Wood Flooring Association Expo. Or stop by the store and we’ll talk your ear off!
Learning new Rubio Monocoat tricks at the NWFA trade show!
White lines all around the edges of floor boards usually indicate water troubles. If there isn't a leak, the most common wood floor water catastrophes are caused by steam or carpet cleaners. Please don't use them on your wood floors. Not ever. Just stop.
Should hardwood floor repairs be invisible? It is difficult to make repairs seamless, especially in older floors where the wood has changed or may no longer be available. So, embrace the difference! Perfect repairs are boring. Put your carpentry and parquetry skills to use and turn that humble patch into a feature.
Sometimes you pop back to the shop to help a customer out on a Sunday morning. And pften that customer is so classy, they bring you a fabulous pastry!
I love owning a small business.
Here's a customer who paid attention to last week's post about buying small amounts of flooring at our "open stock" rates to fix an unsightly problem. He spent $11.36 and transformed this problem into joy.
What product can extend the life of your hardwood floor finish by three years, but most people never bother with?
Floor protectors. Everybody buys them once, but never changes them. Floor protectors are like furnace filters: they only work if you replace them REGULARLY.
Pete's has the longest-lasting, best-adhering, and cutest floor protectors available. So many sizes and shapes. You need them, so buy lots https://www.peteshardwoodfloors.com/product-category/floor-protectors/
Here's an issue that comes up every spring. People start moving their furniture around, wanting to do a Big Clean and find discolored areas like these. Everybody hopes we have a magic cleaner that will fix them. But sun exposure darkens floor finishes deep enough to require resanding. If you have southern facing light on your floors, a clear UV film over the windows is your best defense.
You think you can't sand your own floors? Of course you can. Check out this ski school in Vermont. We don't rent sanders or even give lessons in Vermont, but this group of skiers learned how to sand and finish their floor, over the phone. If they could do this, think of what you could accomplish with some hands-on training. , ,
Look at this great idea from a customer who turned a stair into storage with a piano hinge!
Did you know that Pete's sells wood flooring by the piece? You don't have buy a full bundle; we carry pre-measured pieces of red oak, white oak, maple, and fir. We even have carefully sorted reclaimed flooring for your patching needs!
According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, refinishing your floors provides a 147% return on investment when selling your home. Sand your floors by yourself, which is about half the cost of hiring a remodeler, and your ROI goes up to 294%. Pete's is just the business you need to enable this investment in your property. And it will be triple the value because you'll be so dang proud of yourself.
What do we have under here? Why, it's a magnificent birch tread!
Sanding a whole staircase can be daunting, but you can start with just the first tread. This was the perfect size project for a winter afternoon - they didn't even use a real sander, just lots of scrapers and a palm sander. Coated with Pallmann Pall-X Clear and two coats of Pall-X Gold.
Is your floor fine, but just too shiny for you? Did you know that you can change the sheen of an existing floor, just by applying one coat of polyurethane over it? Half a day and $200 and you can stop your living room looking like a gymnasium. It's called a "screen and recoat" and we can show you how. This procedure is so secret there's barely a hashtag for it.
What do we do in the quiet winter months at Pete's? We get ready for the busy spring months! Come on down and look at all the new sample boards we've made - every finish we sell on every common Minnesota flooring wood. So. Many. Choices.
It's winter. You might be indoors staring at your floors. A lot. We know you're finding flaws in your hardwood and are wondering how to fix them. Pete's is ALL about how to fix flaws. Just in your floor though. YOU are flawless.
Rubio spot repair What happens when you get a scratch in your newly coated Rubio Monocoat floor? You can fix it.
Happy 2023 from Pete's Hardwood Floors!
Is this the year you finally tackle your flooring issues?
You've got a nice long holiday weekend coming up - think of all the floors you can sand in four days! Well, three days, because you should take Thanksgiving off. Either way, our edgers are all dressed up and ready for all of your holiday sanding needs.
All equipment rental rates are drastically reduced for the long weekend, so reserve yours while we still have availability!
You just installed brand-new, unfinished hardwood in your home. Those boards felt perfectly smooth as you nailed them in, but now the "experts" are telling you the floor still has to be sanded. Is this legit?
The experts are right this time. Can you see all the high edges revealed by the low light in the second photo. You have to sand those level, or your sweet feet will be full of splinters and unhappiness.
Check out our blog post, "Why do I have to sand my brand-new, raw wood floor? https://www.peteshardwoodfloors.com/why-do-i-have-to-sand-my-brand-new-raw-wood-floor/
The most important thing you can do to ensure a great sanded floor is to change your sandpaper on the regular. And we tell every customer what that means for their machine, as you can see from our stern-but-loving signage. And yet, you can’t always make the horse drink. Don’t be like this customer; change your paper!
In the 50s, these prefinished, walnut-pegged floors were the must-have for your rambling ranch home. They fell out of fashion and many were torn out or covered with carpet. So it's like finding a treasure when a customer unearths one and brings it back from obscurity. And we even found a vintage advertisement for the same Bruce floor!
My good people, wood is hard. But no wood floor, not even the hickory, oak, and maple in these photos, will survive a dishwasher being dragged across it. Wood is hard enough to resist centuries of walking and living, but heavy items with tiny feet can gouge floors deeper than you want to sand. Please stop being surprised by this. Put down a nice piece of masonite over your wood before you move that piano. As the photo shows, you can't fix a deep scratch with filler. You have to sand or scrape to the edge of every board affected by the scratch. Don't do like this contractor, and just sand two little lines where the damage was.
Lookee how great our customers are at sanding!
Before and after comparisons! Scroll through to check out the results of our hard work of the last two weeks. Big thanks to @peteshardwoodmn for the rentals, supplies, refresher lesson, coaching, and couples therapy! (Mostly kidding). This Thursday, we start the downstairs! #victorianhouses #victoriana #saintpaulmn #oldhouse #diy #hardwoodfloors #maple
Pete's famous "Sorry We're Open" sign has at last been immortalized on a t-shirt. For $15 (or in exchange for providing us some great Instagram photos) you can be sorry too!
Shout out to the great staff ! TIL that all as soon as the power came back on in Austin, all the Rubio employess came in to the warehouse over the weekend to pack and ship all the orders that were delayed by the storm. UPS had to send FOUR trucks to pick it all up on Monday. Rubio is a fine product, sold by dedicated people; you should buy more of it.
Photos are throwback to a year ago today, when I got to go to Rubio school, and ride the wooden bike through the warehouse, eat some barbeque, and learn all the Rubio secrets.
Can I just recoat this floor?
Sorry, sander friend, the short answer is no; this floor is well beyond the possibility of just recoating. It's time to sand this thing. Want the long answer? Check out the blog post at peteshardwoodfloors.com.
Here at Pete's we take care of the equipment you rent. Even when it's heckin' -15F we use a compressor outdoors to blow all the dust out of the machines, remove build-up from wheels and inside the chassis, and examine the cords for all those cuts that customers forget to tell us about. And we run every machine (with sandpaper on!) before it goes back into the rental pool. This is how a real business shows love to its customers.
Pete's will be closed for Christmas, but there are excellent rental rates to be had while we are shut! Pick up on Wednesday, December 23, return on Monday December 28, and pay for only TWO days of rental.
Thursday, December 24 Closed
Friday, December 25 Closed
Saturday, December 26 Closed
Pete's will be closed for New Year's:
Thursday, December 31 Closed
Friday, January 1 Closed
Pick up equipment on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, return on Saturday, January 2, 2021 and pay for just 1 1/2 days of rental!
Score! We just bought over 600 square feet of beautiful c1920s maple, already planed, for all your historic floor patching needs. Or if you're trying to add a little gravitas to your she-shed.
Pete's will be closed from Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7 for Labor Day. If you plan to sand over that weekend, you can pick up machines on Friday, September 4. But get your reservations in soon; the sanders are going fast!
Even floors that look perfectly normal can be hiding a finish that will melt and clog up sandpaper. This isn’t a problem; it’s a solution! If this happens to you, drop to a coarser grit, which holds more melty finish and lasts longer, which will save you money. Did you know that Pete’s stocks 12 grit and 16 grit for just this purpose?
Wondering how to install your own hardwood floors around a floor vent?
Have we got a video for you! https://youtu.be/_hdwyOc4-KA
One of the best things about installing a wood floor is that you can build it around your vents and make them seamlessly flush with your floor. But placing the frame so the wood flows naturally around it takes planning and careful cutting. Bob uses a table saw to make a tricky cut in this video but we would caution you, if your table saw skills are anything less than gold standard, to please use a jig saw to make your vent cuts instead.
Where do you get your wood floor advice? And how do you know you're renting a quality sander? This DIYer trusted his local general rental store to guide him, but they told him to cut against the grain when he didn’t need to, and they rented him a defective drum sander. 😤😱And he ended up with a plaid floor. Yoikes!!! He lives too far away to rent from Pete’s, but he bought a $25 consult session and we talked him through the fix. And he sent us his plaid-free “after” picture. The moral of the story: trust Pete’s for both consultations and rentals. Sometimes $25 can save you $200. @ Saint Paul, Minnesota
Hello, Facebook friends! We have a new video on our YouTube channel! If you are curious about how a hardwood floor install is done, look no further! You’ll also hear from Bob as he shares some tips for the install process. This is a great resource for our dear DIYers ❤️ https://youtu.be/Q89IRTWLwIA
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You can SO sand your floors yourself...if you have Pete's Hardwood Floors there to train you and help you past the hurdles that inevitably pop up on big projects like this. Of course we rent floor sanders, edgers, buffers and nailers, but more importantly we give you one-on-one, hands-on, free training with the rental of any one of those tools. Make an appointment, and come down and learn something.
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Saint Paul, MN
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