The purpose of sandscreening is to abrade the floor to prepare it before applying a coat of polyurethane.  Urethane will only adhere to a sanded surface.  A newly coated floor will add years of protection to the floor.  This method will remove fine scratches in the urethane; we recommend this method for any 'finish on site' floors every 3-5 years depending on traffic to prolong the beauty of the hardwoods.

The L. J. Cress Sandscreening Method

  1. Removal of all finishes/waxes and a thorough cleaning
  2. Sandscreening of the floor to abrade the polyurethane and guarantee adherence of the new coating
  3. Application of either an oil- or water-based polyurethane coating
    1. Oil-based: Dries harder and is more durable, but takes longer to dry and has a golden tint
    2. Water-based: Faster application and dry time, dries clear


Hardwood Floor Refinishing

What sandscreening will not correct

  • Sandscreening will not correct imperfections in the present surface.
    • Example: Scratches in wood surface or deep scratches in the urethane surface.
  • A newly sandscreened & polyurethaned surface can possibly highlight imperfections in the wood.
    • Shiny or dull spots in original finish (on top nailed flooring, shiny spots could include nail heads near surface)


Drying Time

  • Light foot traffic in 18 hours (i.e. socks).
  • Furniture may be replaced in 72 hours.
  • Allow a full 7 days before replacing rugs or allowing pets on floor.



**We do offer complete hardwood floor restoration and repairs to correct any imperfections that may be present in your flooring.**