Hardwood flooring is often chosen for it’s aesthetic appeal; this type of flooring makes the living room more charming, wholesome, and welcoming. And yes- it’s relatively simple to clean and care for. However, over time wear and tear will become more apparent. Scratches, dings and discoloration stand out, and you’ll wonder if it’s time to have all of the hardwood floors replaced.
But maybe you don’t need to replace your flooring! Often times, hardwood flooring can be salvaged by trained professionals. By replacing a few boards, and making necessary repairs, a team of experts can restore your flooring to its previous condition!
The Refinishing Process
Refinishing hardwood flooring involves several steps that may vary depending on the situation. Below, we’ll list the basic steps involved in the process:
Step 1: Sanding
If your hardwood has a wax coating over its finish, or if the wood underneath has been dinged and damaged, your finish will need to be entirely sanded down- until your hardwood is completely bare!
Step 2: Staining
Though sanding may add time and cost to your refinishing project, it’s the perfect way to alter the color of hardwood flooring. A professional will apply several coats of stain, and will likely need to sand in between applications.
Step 3: Finishing & Coating
The last step, applying the final finish on your hardwood flooring, is the step best left for professionals. There are so many varying types of stain (both oil and water based), each accompanied by a specific set of rules that you do not want to break! By hiring a professional, you can avoid causing further damage.
Don’t despair- this process doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Call your local cleaning and restoration company today; they’ll have the correct equipment and experience for the job- we know that our experts at The Steam Team do!