Hardwood flooring usually begins to deteriorate after a long time of not maintaining it. Scratches, stains and dullness are the most common indicators of an aging hardwood flooring. Bringing back its appeal can be incredibly satisfying. The good news is that this type of floor has the ability to be refinished instead of having to replace them.
Before doing anything, though, know that there are important factors you need to keep in mind.
Make sure it needs refinishing
To be sure that your floor needs refinishing, pour some drops of water on the floor. If the water is absorbed immediately, then the floor needs a refinish. If you are still not sure, seek the advice of a flooring specialist.
Sometimes, only a small area of the floor is spoilt. In such a case, you don’t need to refinish the entire floor. You only need a light sanding and sealing in that area, as opposed to refinishing the whole floor.
The type of finishing
Do you want a varnish, penetrating sealer or polyurethane finishes? Whereas a varnish is easily spot-repaired, a polyurethane finish can be very difficult to repair if scratched. However, a polyurethane finish is good for areas with high moisture or traffic. Although a penetrating sealer is easiest to repair, it has the least durability.
Consider hiring a flooring specialist
Refinishing your own floor by yourself can be quite economical and extremely satisfying. This is only true if you can do it right without having to carry out the process over and over again because of slight mistakes. Hardwood floors are labor-intensive and require enormous skills to refinish. Any small mistakes will require you to start all over. Before you can decide to do it yourself, consider your skill level to avoid costly mistakes.
You can easily bring life back to your old hardwood floor. Don't hesitate to get some professional help if things get complicated.