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How to Know When Your Wood Flooring Needs Refinishing – A Comprehensive Guide

by | Aug 14, 2023

Welcome back to our series on solid wood flooring! Our last article guided you through choosing the perfect wood flooring for your home. Now that you’ve got a stunning wooden floor underfoot, it’s time to ensure its longevity and continual elegance.

That’s where our second topic, wood floor refinishing, steps in. Wooden floors are admired for their timeless charm, durability, and the value they add to a property. But, like all good things, they require some care and attention. Over time, daily use can lead to scratches, dents, or a dull appearance, and that’s when you know it’s time for refinishing.

How to Know When Your Wood Flooring Needs Refinishing

Recognizing the Signs That Your Wood Flooring Needs Refinishing

How can you tell when wood flooring calls for a fresh finish coat?

Here are some telltale signs:

  1. Scratches and Scuffs: Normal daily activity, particularly in high-traffic areas, can lead to noticeable scratches or scuffs on your flooring. While minor scratches might blend in with the wood’s natural pattern, larger or deeper scratches might indicate a need for refinishing.
  2. Discoloration: Sun exposure can cause certain areas of your floor to discolor. It might be time to refinish if you notice significant color differences between areas covered by rugs and those exposed.
  3. Dullness: If your floor no longer shines as it once did, it could benefit from a refinish even after cleaning. A dull floor lacks the luster that accentuates the wood grain and color.
  4. Water Damage: The finish may be worn out if water droplets soak into your floor instead of beading up.


The Importance of Refinishing

Refinishing your wood flooring is not just about keeping up appearances. It’s also crucial for preserving the floor’s quality and prolonging its lifespan. A good refinish can seal and protect the wood, preventing damage from moisture, dirt, and daily wear and tear.


How to Maintain Your Wood Flooring

Between refinishes, ensure your floor’s lasting beauty with these maintenance tips:

  • Immediately clean up spills and avoid letting stagnant pools of liquid remain on the floor.
  • Use a damp microfiber cloth or mop for regular cleaning, avoiding excessive amounts of water.
  • Use felt pads under furniture to prevent scratching and avoid dragging furniture across the floor.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush action, not a beater bar, to clean between the joints.
  • Trim indoor pets’ nails to avoid scratches.
  • Avoid using detergents containing ammonia or brooms with hard bristles, which may damage or stain the wood.


Choosing the Right Professionals for the Job

When refinishing your wood flooring, trust Conway Flooring and Decking experts. Our turnkey solutions for maintenance and renovation ensure your floors stay healthy and alive all year round. We use only the highest-quality products that promote longevity and reduce the need for tiresome maintenance.

Wooden flooring is a lifetime commitment with timeless effects, so why not give it the care it deserves? Our team guarantees it will return the favor, leaving you with stunning, long-lasting floors.


Wrapping Up

Proper maintenance and timely refinishing are key to ensuring your wood floors retain their elegance and durability.

Return for the third article in our series, where we’ll dive into the benefits of pool composite decking.

From durability and safety to maintenance and aesthetics, we’ll cover why composite decking could be the best choice for your poolside haven. Don’t miss out!