• The Step-by-step Guide to Refinishing your Hardwood Floors

    Are you happy with your hardwoods? Hardwood floors are beautiful and timeless, but they can become worn and damaged over time. If yours are looking a little rough, there’s no need to replace them, because unless they are manufactured hardwoods, you can refinish them yourself.

    How do you know if they’re the kind of floors you can finish yourself? First, take off a floor vent and look at the thickness of the flooring. If it’s solid wood that’s ¾ of an inch or more, you can go ahead and refinish it. If you can see individual layers of wood, you’ll need to call in a professional to do the job for you.

    How do you know if your floors need refinishing? Sometimes you’ll be able to clearly see that they need help, but if you’re not sure if the entire floor needs to be refinished, you can easily determine this with a simple water test. Just drip a little bit of water on the floor to see if it beads. If it beads, it’s fine and doesn’t need to be refinished, but if the water sinks in, refinish it.

    Before you get started, make sure you have the right tools. To do the job right, you’ll need:

    • An orbital sander or drum sander
    • A power hand sander
    • Sandpaper of various grits
    • Dust mask, earplugs, and goggles
    • Plastic sheeting, painters tape, putty knife
    • Hardwood floor cleaner, cotton rags, nails, wood filler, mineral spirits
    • A shop vac
    • Stain if you wish to change the color
    • Paintbrushes
    • Polyurethane finish
    • A sanding screen
    • Paint trays
    • A floor polisher

    Once you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to prep the room. First, remove all furniture and décor. Then remove the doors and baseboards. Inspect the floor for nails, and repair any existing damage. Clean the floors thoroughly, then protect the doors, vents, windows, and surfaces with plastic sheeting and painters tape. Now you’re ready to begin the process of refinishing.

    1. Sand the floors. First, make sure you’re wearing protective gear. Then, using the coarsest grit of sandpaper first, work with the grain of the wood, moving at a steady, even pace. Change the sandpaper as it wears out, but use the same grit until you’ve covered the entire floor. Use the hand sander to finish the edges, and then vacuum the floor. Repeat this entire process two or three more times, moving to a finer grit of sandpaper each time.
    2. Now it’s time to prep for shine. Buff the floor with a sanding screen if necessary, and once you’ve got it smooth, vacuum and mop. Use a clean cotton rag to wipe the floor and remove any chemicals
    3. Use stain to change the color of your floor if you’d like. Apply stain with paintbrush or cloth, going with the grain and removing the excess stain with a rag. Stir the stain frequently as you go along, then let it dry and apply more coats as needed.
    4. Apply finish. Use polyurethane to seal and protect the floor, as well as giving it some shine. Wearing a face mask, apply the polyurethane by hand or with a floor polisher. You’ll be able to walk on the floor in about 24 hours, but you’ll need to wait a week before moving the furniture back into the room.

    If you’re ready to tackle this project, do you have the tools you need? A-1 Equipment Rentals offers the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California, with a great selection of construction equipment as well as an extensive machine and tool inventory. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.

  • How to Refresh your Flooring

    Some home improvement projects may seem daunting at first, but there are many things you can do on your own if you have the right equipment. If you’re tired of your flooring, for instance, there are many ways to achieve a new look, and most of them can be DIY projects. All you need is some time, some instructions, and the right tools.

    Why resign yourself to the same tired carpets and flooring you’ve been looking at for years? By the same token, if you’re moving into a new house, there’s no need to live with flooring other people chose. Consider the possibilities! There’s a wealth of flooring out there, just waiting for you to discover it.

    • Lay an engineered wood floor. Do you love the look of hardwoods? They give a warm, cozy feeling to any room, and engineered wood makes it easy to achieve that hardwood look. It’s quicker and easier to install than traditional hardwood, and it’s also extremely durable.
    • Put down some cork. Cold floors are uncomfortable, and one reason people choose carpet is for warmth and cushion underfoot. Cork is another stylish option, resilient, attractive, and easy enough to install that you can finish a room in as little as an afternoon. Cork is available in floating-floor systems that work well over plywood, concrete, or even your existing flooring.
    • Think about different styles for painted floors. Don’t have the budget for a whole new floor? Paint is an inexpensive way to change the entire aesthetic of a room. You can paint over wood floors, concrete floors, and even vinyl, tile, and laminate.
    • Refinish your hardwoods. If you’ve got traditional hardwoods that are showing their age, you can refresh them by refinishing them.
    • Update a concrete floor. You can polish up a concrete floor, paint it in solid colors or patterns, or stain it to give it the look you want. It’s a cost-effective do-over and can result in a truly stunning look.
    • Give your carpets a good cleaning. If the only problem with your carpets is that they’ve seen too much traffic, it may be time to rent a carpet cleaner. Cleaning your carpets yourself is cheaper than hiring someone to do it for you, and it only takes a matter of hours to clean it and let it dry.
    • Rethink linoleum. Linoleum may seem like a throwback, but this durable, eco-friendly flooring is making a comeback. Available in a wide variety of colors and design options, it’s resilient and requires very little maintenance. It’s biodegradable, too, and doesn’t release VOCs. If you’re doing linoleum as a DIY project, snap-together tiles are the easiest way to go.

    Are you ready to tackle your floors and try something new? A-1 Equipment Rentals has everything you need to take on the project, with the best equipment rental in Redwood City, California. Whether you’re a homeowner tackling a home improvement or landscaping project or a business owner who isn’t quite ready to invest in a fleet of vehicles, we have what you need to get the job done. In addition to tools and machinery, we have a varied selection of trucks, dump trucks, and vans available, and we offer pickup and delivery service to save you the trip to our facility. Our experienced maintenance staff fixes our machinery on site, and we extend repair and maintenance services to our clientele as well. Our team members are here to make sure you have what you need to make your job go smoothly, and we’re happy to offer advice on the machinery and tools you need. To learn more about our quality options at affordable prices, contact us through our website or call (650) 369-2992 and we’ll be happy to help.