Hardwood floors may last a lifetime if properly cared for, but sometimes factors align to damage your beautiful flooring. Or maybe your wood floors are vintage originals from the past, and it’s time for a refresher.
Whatever the case, Floor Coverings International Columbia East is here to talk hardwood floor restoration. Whether your floor is best served by a buff-and-reseal or a straight-up sand-and-refinish, our review of wood floor restoration is a quick little introduction to the nature of refinishing for Columbia floors in need of some love.
How do you know when it is time to refinish your hardwood floors? For starters, if they appear scratched or scuffed to a bothersome degree, or if they are dirty and dull despite a true deep cleaning, you may want to start thinking about refinishing your hardwood floors. Professional assistance is very important. Refinishing requires high-level expertise by practiced floor care providers.
Refinishing is a normal step in the lifespan of any natural wood floor. Nothing lasts forever, but with attentive care and maintenance, you can maximize that lifespan. Test your hardwood floor by dripping a small amount of water onto it. If the water is immediately absorbed, your floor is crying out to be restored! Depending on the level of damage/wear, your two options are to buff and reseal or sand and refinish.
The Hardwood Buffing/Resealing Process
For hardwood floors that are mostly intact but have suffered significant damage to the topcoat and surface layers, your best bet is to have them buffed and resealed. This is the fastest, simplest way to restore hardwood floors. The damaged topcoat is removed with a good buffing, and a new sealant is provided atop the healthy hardwood surface. If the wear and tear have made their way beneath the topcoat and into the wood product itself, a sand/refinish will do your floor the most good.
The Hardwood Sanding/Refinishing Process
Here is where hardwood floor owners will see the greatest transformation. Any remaining topcoat is sanded to the bare wood, and the wood itself is sanded to a level plane, carefully grinding down surface anomalies and other items.
During this process, you may opt to have the newly exposed wood surface re-stained to the tone of your choice. Your hardwood floors are getting the full treatment! After these steps, just like the buffing/resealing process, the floors are given a new topcoat of protective sealant. The changes to your old floor will be so great you’ll spot the difference from a mile away. The final step, of course, is to enjoy your beautifully refinished hardwood floors.
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Floor Coverings International Columbia East is excited to take you on the journey to amazing new floors. Contact us today and begin that journey with a free in-home consultation. We proudly serve residents of Columbia, Cayce, Blythewood, and surrounding areas.