Hardwood floors are an organic material that will inevitably age with time. Much of this aging however, is reversible. If you find that your once beautiful floors are beginning to look dull and scratched, then it is likely time for a face-lift. Bringing your hardwood floors back to their former glory is possible, but can sometimes be a confusing process for homeowners. Here we guide you through everything you need to know about refinishing your hardwood floors, so you can be prepared for the process and its results!
What all goes into refinishing?
There are two main steps in the refinishing process: sanding, and re-staining. First, thefloors must be buffed and sanded to remove the worn surface and take care of any pesky scratches. It is important that a dust-removal attachment is used in this process, to prevent the sanded particles from being released into the room. Once the buffing process is finished, any cracks will be filled with a filler material matching the board color. After that, a new stain will be applied in multiple coats. For the best results, it is important to have a skilled professional complete your hardwood refinishing. Remember that if done right, refinishing will extend the life of your hardwood floors and erase as many imperfections as possible. Attempting to tackle this process without the proper experience can, instead, result in damaging your floors further and creating new unsightly imperfections to the wood.
How do you know when it’s time to refinish?
One of the first telltale signs that your floors are ready for a facelift is that you begin to notice visible scratches. If your floors also display a dulling color, or worse even—gives you splinters, then it’s definitely time to refinish them. Don’t put off refinishing once you notice these problems. Allowing your floors to remain damaged will only accelerate their aging process and force future refinishing projects to be more intensive. Instead, gradual maintenance will keep your floors looking great for decades to come.
How many times can I refinish my floors?
It may actually be the case that your floors just need to be replaced. Whether or not refinishing again is an option depends on a number of factors. These include the number of times it has been done in the past, the age of the wood, and whether your floors are engineered or traditional. If you have engineered hardwood floors, you will not be able to refinish them more than two or three times, as the visible hardwood is actually just a thin layer atop a backing board. If, however, you have traditional wood planks in your home, these floors can be refinished nearly a dozen times before requiring replacement.
Ready to get started?
If you’re ready to explore new hardwood floors for your home, or just looking for more information on how to maintain the ones you have, contact your local team at Floor Coverings International® of Waukesha. Receive your free in-home consultation and assess your needs with ease. Revitalize your Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee home today!
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