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6 Things to Know Before Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors


It’s cheaper and easier to refinish your hardwood floors than you might think. With these six tips, you’ll be able to unlock the hidden potential of your floors in no time, especially if they aren’t too badly damaged.

Deep Cleaning is Easy

You can restore your floors former lustre by deep cleaning the wood. All you need to do is sweep up any dirt and debris with a soft-bristle broom to avoid scratching the floors. Once your hardwood floors are completely clean, use a microfibre mop and cleanser made specifically for hardwood to deep clean your floors. Avoid using steam, water, vinegar and non-specific soap cleaners to do this, as it will damage the wood.

Finish Your Floors Without Sanding

If deep cleaning your hardwood floors didn’t give you the results you wanted, you don’t have to resort to sanding your floors in order to freshen them up. There are products on the market that will allow you to shine up your floors without changing the colours. It’s typically a one-day application job followed by a few days or weeks of curing for the best results.

When Restoration is the Best Option

Sometimes a quick fix isn’t enough to renew your hardwood floors. Whether it’s because they’ve been refinished too many times or they’re just too damaged, this is a situation that calls for the help of a professional restoration company. When doing your research, contact multiple companies, look at the customer reviews and compare the pricing.

Fix Floor Gaps

Fillings gaps, dings and gashes after you’ve sanded the surface of your wood floors will make filling them much easier. However, when you decide to fill in gaps can affect the results. Because wood contracts in winter and expands in summer, it’s best to fix any gapping during the colder months.

What You Should Know About Darker Stains

Picking your new stain colour is one of the more fun aspects of refinishing your hardwood floors. Popular stain shades are typically darker browns, but you’re free to choose whatever stain best suits both your personality and your home’s aesthetic. Just keep in mind that darker shades make it easy to hide dirt but dust will still be visible.

Glossy or Satin Finish?

While glossy wood finishes look gorgeous, satin wood finishes are growing in popularity, particularly in homes with younger children. The main reason is simply that it’s harder to slip on satin floors than glossy ones. As well, waxed floors aren’t only extremely slippery, but the finish isn’t very durable.

At Seawest Hardwood Floor, we’re proud to be one of the best hardwood flooring restoration companies in Vancouver, British Columbia. Specializing in hardwood flooring repair, refinishing and restoration, be sure to give us a call or visit our website to receive a free job quote today!