Hardwood floors are amazing features of any home and they offer warmth, classic style, and beautiful texture to any room. They are long-lasting and can stand up to many decades of use. And while they may occasionally develop flaws, such as scratches or discoloration, one advantage of hardwood over other materials like stone is that these flaws aren't actually permanent.
The solution to making your floors look like new lies in hardwood floor restoring, the act of reversing signs of overuse, neglect, or damage to floors using specialized techniques. But there are a few things that you should know about hardwood floor repair and restoration. Keep reading to learn the most important details you need to know before you decide which method is best to liven up your floors again.
Did you know that you can deep clean hardwood? This is a term often used to describe cleaning rugs or carpets, but wood can trap dirt, dust, and other pollutants below the surface. A common sign that you should deep clean your floors is a dingy, discolored appearance, especially where the floors are frequently used.
Lift up an area rug or piece of furniture that covers your hardwood. Is the covered spot a different, richer color than the rest of the floor? You can make these areas like new again. Just hire a hardwood floor restoration company to provide a deep cleaning treatment, which goes beyond sweeping or vacuuming to invigorate dingy floors, making them look fresh and clean.
It's common knowledge that hardwood floors should be covered in a protective finish. This finish prevents scuffs and scratches from damaging the wood, prevents moisture or UV light damage, and even gives them a brighter appearance. Refinishing a floor often involves sanding down the old finish, and even the wood itself where there are deep scars in it. However, you can use products such as a hardwood floor reviver or a floor renewer kit to restore finishes without having to remove them with a sander.
Have you purchased an older home with damaged hardwood floors? Did you find hardwood under a layer of carpet or vinyl flooring? No matter how bad it may look now, don't resort to tearing it out! Even badly damaged, grimy looking floors can be restored. Hardwood floor installation and restoration teams can fill gaps, scratches, and holes in hardwood. You can pick a new stain to give a rich and intense coloring to the hardwood. Even if it looks plain and unimpressive, a beautifully intense mahogany or deep oak color can cover up existing flaws. Just be sure to practice good daily maintenance, such as sweeping with a gentle broom.
A urethane-based coat will protect the newly restored hardwood from future damage. The latest hardwood floor finish products offer superior wear and chemical protection, increasing the longevity of your floors. And if this sounds like a great deal of work, don't worry. Refinishing a hardwood floor, even one in very poor condition, can be cheaper than buying and installing a brand-new floor.
To learn more about hardwood floor restoration in Chicago, call Vintage Flooring Company today. No floor is beyond repair, or beyond our talents. Let us show you what a great refinishing job can do. You'll be absolutely floored by the results.