Johansson - Sandman Hardwood Floors - Retires
I am proud to announce:
Now, after a very successful career sanding, refinishing, installing and restoring literally 10,000+
floors, I, Bruce Johansson, have achieved the highest honor a well served career can offer a person. Proud retirement.
To encapsulate what I've learned from the thousands of job situations,
customers, experiences, travel and the wood itself is immense but very simple.
I have learned the admirable traits of forgiveness, dedication, reliability, perseverance and
cooperation. I have learned honor and craftsmanship and patience. That the truest form of success comes from within and being
of service to others in a positive way.
money honestly, never cheated, and delivered as promised, and all of it by the "sweat of my brow".
Most of all I've learned the vast majority of folks are decent
and share common life goals. The thread in my case was how much folks love their hardwood floors.
There is no floor that encompasses the magic, value and history as a finely sanded and refinished
hardwood floor. I am proud of what I have accomplished and thank you for that opportunity to have become a true professional
in the best sense.
All for one, one for all.
Bruce Johansson - Sandman
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Your Hardwood Floor Has a History A wood floor is not
only healthy, beautiful and durable, it has a story behind it. Have you ever wondered about the origin of your wood floor?
Homes in the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul were built in the late 1800's to 1920's and usually have floors of
maple, birch, fir and sometimes oak. The maple is 1 1/2" inch or 2 1/4" wide, and would have most likely come from
northern Michigan and Wisconsin. The age of these trees would have been 100 to 250 years old, so some of these trees were
alive and thriving before the United States existed. Homes built from 1920-1950, mostly the bungalows and ramblers, contain
wood flooring from trees that were living in the late 1700's to Civil War times. The older bungalows will have a mixture
of oak and maple, with oak being more predominant. The oak came mostly from the Appalachian region and areas south. A southern
red oak will have more of a pink hue than the northern red oak. 1950's homes can date their floors back to Civil War times,
early statehood, and the advent of the automobile age. The first and second ring suburbs including St. Louis Park, Richfield,
Crystal, New Hope, etc., will be mostly red oak, a few white oak which is mostly northern and mostly 1 1/2" inch width.
Homes built in the 1960's - 1980's have less hardwood, as it had become cheaper to use plywood and carpet. The hardwood
flooring business was at a low point during that period. The homes from that era that do have wood floors will have the 1
1/2" red oak. In the 1970's, dark brown floors were popular for a while. All hardwood floors were originally coated
with an oil base finish of some sort, lacquers earlier and polyurethanes later. In the 1990's, the wood floor resurgence
occured, not through the whole house, but mostly in the entry, kitchen and family room. These floors are a mix of 2 1/4"
inch strips, mostly red oak (the most popular flooring) and maple. Also in the 90's began the use of rain forest and other
exotic woods. At the same time began a shift to the new high-tech and superior water-base finishes. In the 2000's oak
is still tops along with maple, but a lot of variety continues with other woods. Even a new floor installed today will come
from trees that pre-date the airplane, the TV and the atom bomb. BJ