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When I moved into my current home, I spent a lot of time cleaning the existing flooring. The kitchen, mudroom, and bathrooms all contained linoleum floors. The rest of the home was carpeted. No matter how hard I worked, I failed to remove the hairspray from the linoleum flooring in the bathrooms. I also could never remove the stains out of the carpet. Thankfully, I decided to I replace my carpet and linoleum floors with hardwood ones a couple of years ago. Since then, I’ve been able to simplify the cleaning process. I spend much less time scrubbing floors; and, my floors look cleaner than they ever did before. On this blog, you will learn the benefits of purchasing hardwood flooring.

Two Questions About Refinishing Wood Floors Answered

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Wooden floors are a common feature in many homes, and while these floors can provide you with a beautiful interior, it is vital to regularly perform maintenance on them to keep them in good condition. In particular, refinishing the floors is one of the most important steps you can take to protect them from a variety of types of damage. However, new homeowners may not be familiar with this type of maintenance, but understanding the answers to the following routine questions will help you better understand this process. 

Is There Any Way To Tell When The Finishing Needs To Be Replaced?

Sadly, new homeowners may have a difficult time determining whether or not the floor needs a new coat of finishing, and this may cause them to fail to perform this work. Luckily, there are a couple of ways that you may be able to tell if this needs to be done. One of the first warning signs that a floor's finishing is wearing away is a dulling of the colors. Another warning sign may be the presence of numerous small scratches on the surface of the wood because the layer of finishing product is no longer thick enough to prevent these scrapes. 

To confirm that this is the case, you should pour a few drops of water onto the floor. If the finishing is still in good condition, the water should not absorb into the wood. However, when you notice the water either quickly or slowly soaking into the wood, it is time to apply a new layer of finishing. 

Why Should You Sand The Floors Before Refinishing?

Many homeowners may make the mistake of simply applying a new layer of finishing to the wood without sanding the floor. This may not seem like a major mistake, but it can severely compromise the appearance of your floor. If the previous layer of finishing is not removed, adding another layer may cause the floor to appear dingy or dull. Also, any scratches that are on the wood will still be present and visible after a new layer of finishing is applied. 

Fortunately, you can avoid these issues by lightly sanding the floor before applying the new coat. To avoid hours of backbreaking labor, you should rent an automatic floor sander for this task. When performing this work, make sure not to leave the sander in the same spot for too longer because it can make that area of your floor uneven. 

For more information, contact Cooper Floors or a similar company.

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12 March 2015