Enhancing Your Floors | Understanding the Difference Between Full Sanding and Light Sanding – 5

Are your hardwood floors losing their luster? Are scratches and imperfections becoming more noticeable? It might be time to consider refinishing your floors. But before you dive into the process, it’s essential to understand the options available to you: full sanding and screen & recoat.


At MKZ Hardwood Refinishing, serving Toronto and surrounding areas, we prioritize providing our customers with the most effective and budget-friendly solutions for restoring the beauty of their hardwood floors. Let’s explore the key differences between full sanding and screen & recoat, and why the latter might be the optimal choice for your home.

Screen & Recoat :

Process: Full sanding involves completely sanding down the top layer of your hardwood floors to remove all existing finish, scratches, and imperfections. This process requires heavy-duty sanding equipment and multiple passes to achieve a smooth surface.

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  1. Comprehensive Restoration: Full sanding can address deep scratches, stains, and uneven surfaces, providing a completely renewed appearance to your floors.
  2. Opportunity for Color Changes: With full sanding, you have the option to change the color or stain of your hardwood floors to match your evolving aesthetic preferences.


  1. Time-Consuming: Full sanding typically takes several days to complete, during which time you may need to vacate your home due to noise, dust, and fumes.
  2. Costly: Due to the extensive labor and materials involved, full sanding tends to be more expensive than screen & recoat.

Light Sanding:

Process: Light Sanding, also known as buff and coat, involves lightly sanding the surface of your hardwood floors with a special screen or abrasive pad to remove surface scratches and imperfections. This is followed by applying a fresh coat of finish to rejuvenate the appearance of the floors.

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  1. Quick Turnaround: Unlike full sanding, screen & recoat can typically be completed in just one day, minimizing disruption to your daily routine.
  2. Cost-Effective: Screen & recoat is generally more budget-friendly than full sanding, making it an attractive option for homeowners looking to refresh their floors without breaking the bank.


  1. Limited Restoration: Screen & recoat is best suited for floors with minor surface imperfections and wear. It may not effectively address deep scratches or stains.
  2. No Color Changes: Unlike full sanding, screen & recoat does not offer the option to change the color or stain of your hardwood floors.

Why Choose Light Sanding?

At MKZ Hardwood Refinishing, we often recommend screen & recoat as the preferred option for homeowners looking to maintain the beauty and durability of their hardwood floors. Here’s why:

  1. Cost Savings: Screen & recoat offers a more affordable alternative to full sanding, allowing you to achieve a refreshed look for your floors without breaking the bank.
  2. Convenience: With screen & recoat, you can enjoy a quick turnaround time and minimal disruption to your daily life, as the process can be completed in just one day.
  3. Preventative Maintenance: Screen & recoat helps protect your hardwood floors from further damage by applying a fresh coat of finish, extending their lifespan and minimizing the need for future refinishing projects.

By choosing MKZ Hardwood Refinishing for your light sanding needs, you can trust that you’ll receive professional service and exceptional results that enhance the beauty and value of your home.

Ready to refresh your hardwood floors? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discover the benefits of screen & recoat for yourself!