Tips for refinishing hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are known to be long lasting and highly durable. The rich look that they provide is what lures people towards this kind of flooring although it is little expensive. Hardwood floors are extremely easy to maintain and clean but there are times when scratches start appearing on the floor or some area of the floor starts wearing off. This could look really very bad if left the way it is. It is important to know about refinishing hardwood floors.

Why refinishing hardwood floor is necessary?

Like mentioned earlier, over the course of time the hardwood floor suffers from scratches and marks. The area with heavy traffic and use starts wearing off. Also, heavy furniture could contribute in deterioration of the floor. If this wearing off and scratches are not addressed properly, it could increase to more surrounding area and eventually damaging the floor further. Apart from this reasons, the area of the floor which is not in much use loses it shine. This stands out very evidently, disturbing the overall aesthetics of the house. Hence, refinishing hardwood floor is necessary to increase its durability.

How to do the refinish the hardwood floor?

There are two ways by which this can be done. One is manually by you and second is by calling a professional to do it.

If you want to do it manually, here is what you have to do. Get a buffer and start rebuffing the floor. Make sure that you do it properly without much variation in every part. Later you can evenly apply a coat of varnish or polyurethane of your choice to give a finishing look. This method is used when scratches and scuffs are not very visible.

If wearing has happened to a greater extent, then sanding off the entire previous coat, apply a new stain and then reapplying varnish 2-3 coats is more preferable.

A professional would do either of the two methods but his precision would be better than an amateur one’s.

How to maintain refinished hardwood floors?

After refinishing hardwood floors, it is very essential that for the next seven days proper care is taken in order to maintain its quality. Here are few things tha you can do to maintain it; do not let dust settle on the floor, keep doors and windows closed. Avoid moving heavy furniture and reduce traffic on the floor as far as possible. Avoid using vacuum cleaner for few days.