Hardwood floor refinishing and restoring might be less demanding and less expensive than you might suspect. The reason is that unlocking a sad floor’s hidden beauty does not generally include sanding and staining, especially if yours are not damaged. To choose the best solution for your home, here are some things to consider before renewing or refinishing your hardwood floors.
A deep cleaning may renew your worn out floor’s previous look. This is what to do:
- Begin by thoroughly sweeping floors.
- Next, use a vacuum to remove hard to reach dirt in room corners and between floorboards.
- Afterward, mop with a cloth and concentrated cleaner made for hardwood floors. Remember steam, water, vinegar and cleaners that produce suds should never be used to clean wood floors.
Hardwood floors in high-traffic spaces in your home may require a profound cleaning by a professional. Specialists regularly use a cleaning machine intended to expel the dirt.
After deep cleaning your floors, this is what you have to do:
- Surface clean three times each week with a vacuum or cloth.
- Deep clean once every month with a concentrated wood floor cleaner.
- Professionally deep clean once every year.
When Refinishing is the Best Option
Unfortunately, some hardwood floors are beyond quick fixes. Dry, grimy floors with deep scratches and wide gaps like this one need refinishing.
Doing this job is an extensive and serious process. You should know each step: sanding, patching, staining and top-coating will take a weekend or more to complete if you are refinishing less than 500 square feet.
Before choosing the professionals for the job to contact, do the following:
- Read their online reviews.
- Confirm that the contractor is licensed and insured to work in the area.
Fixing Darn Gaps
Trowel filling after sanding is the easiest way to repair deep gashes, dings, and gaps when refinishing your floors. However, in the event that done amid the wrong season, it is not a long-lasting fix. Wood compresses during the winter and expands in summer.
When you fill holes between wood planks when it is cold and dry, the material used is often squeezed out during sultry weather. That is the reason why it is best to fill floors when the humidity is higher during the summer.
But even then trowel filling is not a long time fix, especially when used to patch small crevices where filler can easily come loose. Just fill bigger holes. Leaving the smaller ones unpatched will accommodate wood extension.
Dark Floor Stains
If you decide to refinish your wood floors, the fun part is picking a new stain color. The problem is, while you may think darker colors would hide dirt, they make dust particles more noticeable.
Satin or Glossy?
Here are some floor finishing facts:
- Waxed floors are not only super slippery, but they also are not as durable as a urethane-based coating.
- Water-based polyurethane finishes are low VOC, which means they are not as stinky or hazardous to inhale as their oil-based counterparts.