Now that you have invested in hardwood floors for your home it is important to perform consistent maintenance to keep them looking great. Periodically sanding and sealing will protect your floors, keep them looking new, and save you money in the long run. Overall, the cleaning and day-to-day care required for hardwood floors is small when compared to other flooring types, but the additional steps of sanding and sealing can provide additional valuable benefits.
By sanding and sealing your floors you can protect them from scratches and potential water damage. Odds are that depending on how long you have had your hardwood floors, there a some scratches and slight scuffs present. A simple resanding of the floor can work wonders and restore the scratch-free condition of the floor. Drink spills and other forms of water damage can be particularly troublesome for hardwood floor owners. If a moisture protective sealer is applied after sanding your troubles can be eased. The protective layers prevents water from soaking into the boards and will save the owner from dealing with mold and mildew issues later on.
Over time, wood flooring will lose the brand new shine and luster that it had after installation. The daily wear experienced and the process of cleaning and scrubbing the wood cause it to gradually start to dull and loose some of its brightness. Luckily, a simple re-sanding and sealing is an easy way to regain the floor’s original and fresh look. The sanding with remove the dull top layer, while the resealing will help replenish the wood of what it lost over time during cleanings.
With home related purchases that are used on a perpetual basis the home owner rarely just pays a one time fee and doesn’t need to follow up with maintenance. Hardwood floors are no different, and if you want to reduce the amount of repairs you pay for it is a good idea to consistently sand and seal your floor. When sanding your floors a professional can help you notice and address small issues before they turn into larger and more expensive tasks. Proper sanding can also prevent a potential problem from getting worse.
A word of advice to homeowners, sanding and sealing floors is not recommended as a DIY do-it-yourself project. The task requires particular equipment, specific tools, and professional training to be executed properly. In our experience homeowners who brazenly attempt the task themselves often end up calling professionals after realizing the complexities of the undertaking.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding sanding and refinishing of hardwood floors. If there is anything flooring related that you would like to hear about in the blog, leave us a comment below.
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