Photo Journal
First we start sanding the main part of the room with our belt sander.  We
repeat this step 2 or 3 times depending on the floor, going from rough to
fine sandings.  This machine is very efficient at collecting its own dust.
Next we use the edger to sand the perimeter of the room, as well as areas
the belt sander cannot reach such as closets and tight areas.  The edger's
dust is collected by the attached vacuum designed for this purpose.
After the machines have done all the final sanding we hand scrape areas
the machines could not get to.  This includes the corners of the rooms, as
well as around radiators, stairs, and other nooks and crannies.
One of the last sanding steps is buffing the floor.  This blends together the
other sandings and smooths out the floor for the stain, sealer, or finish.  
The vacuum attatches to the buffer as well to make this step virtually dust
free.  We also buff the floor in between coats of finish to smooth the floor
out and help with the adhesion of the next coat.
Then we thoroughly vacuum the floor before we finish it.  We try to catch
other areas where dust might fall into the finish as well.  This step is also
repeated in between coats of finish.  After vacuuming we often tack the
floor with a microfiber pad to get any residual dust off the floor.  Then we
are ready to coat the floor.
The edging machine pictured here allows us to get under cabinets and
radiators.
Here the finish is being applied. (in this case it is an oil base polyurethane)
We roll our finishes down, cutting in the perimeter with a brush.  This photo
also shows a how the natural oak floor looks once the poly is applied. If
stain is desired, that would have been applied by hand using rags, it would
dry overnight, and then we would apply the finish.  We come back and buff
and re-coat the floor once or twice more for a total of 2 to 3 coats.
Progression of carpet removal in hallway to fully finished
(carpet and padding is pulled back, tack boards removed, staples removed, and then floor is refinished