24 Apr What You Need to Know Before Refinishing Old Hardwood Floors
The Best Ways to Renew Old Hardwood Floors
Renewing your old hardwood floor may be easier and cheaper than you think. That’s because unlocking a older floor’s hidden beauty doesn’t always involve messy sanding and staining, particularly if yours aren’t damaged. To decide the best solution that works for your home, here are seven things to consider before renewing or refinishing old hardwood floors.
Are Your Hardwood Floors Dull
Sure, it’s a no-brainer that dirt and dust make floors look dingy. But you may be surprised to learn that when tracked, both leave behind superficial scratches that dull the surface. Fortunately, restoring dirty floors that lost their sheen can be relatively straightforward.
Deep Cleaning Hardwood Floors
A good deep cleaning may restore your tired floor’s former luster. Here’s what to do:
- Begin by thoroughly sweeping floors with a soft bristle broom like this one. So that you know, stiff bristles can scratch the wood’s surface.
- Next, use a vacuum to remove hard to reach dirt in room corners and between floorboards.
- Afterward, mop using a micro cloth and concentrated cleaner specially made for hardwood floors. Keep in mind steam, water, vinegar and cleaners that produces suds should never be used to clean wood floors.
Hardwood floors in high-traffic areas in your home may require a deep cleaning by a flooring professional.
After deep cleaning your floors, here’s what you need to do to keep them in tip-top shape:
- Surface clean three times per week using a vacuum or micro cloth.
- Deep clean once per month using a concentrated wood floor cleaner.
- Professionally deep clean once per year.
When Refinishing Hardwood Floors is the Best Option
Unfortunately, some hardwood floors are beyond quick fixes. Dry, grimy floors with deep scratches and wide gaps will need refinishing. Getting the job done is a lengthy and labor-intensive process. If you want your floors professional refinished, the hardwood flooring professionals at Truckee Meadows Hardwood can help!
Sand and Refinish Hardwood Floors in Reno
Homeowners have several options when the original floor is beyond repair. Reclaimed pine can be sanded and used to re-create the look and feel of old subfloors, new parquet with borders can blend in seamlessly with a brownstone, or unfinished wide-plank oak flooring will give a more modern townhouse a Scandinavian feel. Generally, repairing a floor will be cheaper than replacing it.
Repairing Hardwood Floor Gaps
Trowel filling after sanding is the easiest way to repair deep gashes, dings, and gaps when refinishing your floors. But if done during the wrong time of year, it’s not a long-lasting fix. Wood compresses during the winter and expands in summer. When you fill gaps between floorboards when it’s cold and dry, the material used is often squeezed out during sultry weather which is why it’s best to fill floors when the humidity is higher during the summer. You should know that even then, trowel filling is not a long time fix, especially when used to patch small crevices where filler can easily come loose. Consider only filling larger gaps, leaving the smaller ones unpatched to accommodate wood expansion.
What You Need to Know About Dark Floor Stains
If you decide to refinish your wood floors, the fun part is picking a new stain color like rich Mahogany, or dark Oak, which are both very popular right now. The problem is, while you may think darker colors would hide dirt, they make dust particles more noticeable.
With many flooring choices available, it can be difficult to choose what type of flooring will best fit your home or if your original floors are salvageable. At Truckee Meadows Hardwood Flooring Company, we understand flooring. Our hardwood flooring experts can help you make the right decision for your floor.
Reno Hardwood Sand and Refinish Services
With years of experience under our belt, Truckee Meadows Hardwood Flooring will get the job done right the first time. Please reach out if you have any questions about our company or flooring installation services. For the best in hardwood floor, visit our showroom on Cheney St. or contact us today for a quote. We look forward to working with you!