Everything You Need to Know About Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Hardwood Floor Refinishing

Angi is committed to helping you make your house a home. By reading through the provided home care and maintenance tips, you can achieve that goal. If you have hardwood floors, refinishing your floors can help dull, scratched or faded floors come back to life. Here are a few of the things that you need to know before starting a hardwood floor refinishing project.

Whether Your Floor Really Needs to Be Refinished

One of the most common mistakes people make in regards to refinishing hardwood floors is refinishing floors that may not need to be refinished. Before you attempt to have your floors refinished, try deep cleaning your hardwood floors. Use a cleanser that does not foam to remove dirt, dust, and even wood soaps that can leave your floor looking dull. Deep cleaning may help to revive the color and shine of your floor, without even refinishing it.

If Sanding is Truly Necessary

When you think of refinishing your hardwood floors, most people think about having them sanded down. However, these days, there are products on the market that can fill in and hide tiny gaps, cracks, scratches or knicks. If your hardwood flooring has small imperfections, these products may be able to revive your floor, all without having to sand it down. These types of products can help your wood floors to last longer and help to reduce the cost associated with refinishing your wood floors, all while still hiding imperfections in your wood floors.

The Type of Finish or Stain to Select

If you are positive your hardwood floors need to be refinished, you will need to select a new finish or stain. There are many stains and finishes on the market for you to select from. Take your time to select a color or finish that is right for you. For example, many people think that darker finishes will better hide dirt, but, in many cases, dirt appears faster on darker colors. As such, if you want to spend less time cleaning your floors, a lighter wood color may be the better choice. Do your research to find the finishes and stains that give you what you need in a floor.

When to Call in a Professional

Finally, consider when to call in a wood floor refinishing professional. The average cost to refinish hardwood floors yourself is typically anywhere from $1.50 to $5.00 per square foot. The average cost to have a professional complete the job is $1,000 to $2,500. Think about what your skill set is and how much time you realistically can dedicate to the project. If you do not have the time or the know-how to refinish floors, this is a task you should leave up to the experts.

Angi, formerly known as Angie’s List, wants to help you get your dream home. Flooring plays a big role in the overall look, feel and flow of a home. Finishing hardwood floors can help your old floors look as good as new, as long as you take the time to ensure they are being correctly and properly refinished.