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3 Ways to Determine When You Need to Restore Your Hardwood Floors

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Do you have a lot of traffic in your household? Are you too busy to keep up with routine maintenance that hardwood flooring requires? Or do you just want your flooring to look newer and better?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have provided three ways for you to determine when it’s time for a sand and finish below.

How Are Your Floors Looking?

The first way to determine if it’s time for a sand and finish is to simply see how they look to the eye. If they are looking worn out or you can see extensive scratches or dents, you may want to consult with a professional who can provide an expert opinion on the matter. If they feel there is extensive damage, it is likely they will suggest a sand and finish.

However, at Dave’s, we have an thorough maintenance guide, and as long as you have the time for upkeep, you may be able to get away with a simple recoating. We suggest a recoat every 3-5 years in low traffic areas and every 1 year in high traffic areas. With this, you should be able to avoid a complete sand and finish for many years!

Test the Surface

The best way to determine if your current floor finish is in good condition is to do a water test. Simply take a tablespoon of water, pour it on your floor’s surface, and wait to see what happens. If the water gets absorbed into the floorboard, you will want to contact a professional as soon as possible. Due to the porous nature of wood, water can be considered the enemy of hardwood flooring. To avoid water damage that can happen from common household appliances or a simple spill, its best to get a sand and finish to avoid damage that can happen in the future.

Your Floor’s Are Past Due on a Sand and Finish

When you first have hardwood flooring installed, it is important to understand your chosen wood species and the maintenance it requires. Having this knowledge will help you determine the best time to get a sand and finish. However, we recommend a sand and finish every 10-15 years, depending on the quality of your hardwood floors and how well it has been maintained.  

With that said, if it has been over 10 years, you should definitely consider a sand and finish. This can be performed on your own, but we highly recommend having a professional complete the job, as it can be risky to do on your own. A professional will be able to complete the project in an efficient manner, as well as educate you on your type of wood and finish and how to best maintain the flooring.

Time for a Sand and Finish?  

For three generations, we have perfected the “art” of sanding and custom staining on all species of hardwoods at Dave’s Floor Sanding and Installing, Inc. Serving the Twin Cities area for 40+ years, we are dedicated to helping your tired-out hardwood floors regain their youthfulness. Call for a free estimate today!