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How Often Should You Refinish Your Hardwood Floors?



Hardwood floors can be one of the most beautiful and durable finishes in your home. They are also a traditional choice for flooring, with the elegance of wood and the durability of stone. If you have hardwood floors, chances are that you enjoy them very much. But what happens when your floors start to look less than pristine? Should you just get rid of them and start over? Not necessarily! Hardwood floor refinishing is an option that can extend the life of your floors while still keeping their classic appeal intact. In this article, we'll go over how often it's necessary to refinish hardwood floors, what causes damage in the first place and how best to maintain their appearance year-round.


Hardwood floors can last a long time but not forever.

As you most likely know, there are many ways to extend the life of your hardwood floors. But even with regular maintenance and care, it's more like;y than not that one day your hardwood floor will need refinishing. Keep in mind that refinishing a floor is different than simply cleaning it. Refinishing involves stripping away old finishes and applying new ones—it's not as simple as mopping and buffing!


On average, most typical hardwood floors need to be refinished between 6-10 years. This can depend on the thickness and quality, so do keep that in mind.


If you do regular care to your floor you can extend the time between refinishing.


If you do regular care to your floor you can extend the time between refinishing. Regularly sanding, cleaning, and treating your floors will help prolong the life of your hardwood floors. When done competently and properly, these tasks will keep dust from settling into the pores of your wood, which causes splintering as well as dulling it over time. Not only does this help maintain their look for longer periods of time, but it also makes it much easier to clean off dirt when it does occur.


In addition to doing these things regularly (which we'll discuss below), there are other ways that homeowners can make sure that their hardwood floors stay looking good for longer periods of time: waxing or polishing them every month or so. This will protect them from scuffs and scratches while also keeping them looking like new! The best way to do this is with a quality microfiber cloth or mop head paired with some warm water mixed with Murphy's Oil Soap or another appropriate cleaner such as Pledge Multi-Surface Cleaner & Polish, which helps prevent friction between moving parts on equipment such as sewing machines while also leaving behind a protective layer on those surfaces where they are used often like tables/counter tops etc...


Sanding and refinishing hardwood floors is not a quick process.


Sanding and refinishing hardwood floors is not a quick process. It will take several days for the floor to dry after being sanded and refinished, so you won't be able to walk on it immediately after the process is complete.


Also, remember that the finish will need time to cure before you can use the new flooring.


How to tell when your hardwood floor needs refinishing.


Your hardwood floors will need refinishing when the finish begins to wear off, the floor is scratched, it is damaged by water or other liquids, it's damaged by pets or children, it's damaged by furniture or appliances, and so on. This includes accidents such as spilled paint or even pet vomit.


You should have your wood floors cleaned by a professional regularly or at least inspect them once a year.


You should have your wood floors cleaned by a professional regularly or at least inspect them once a year. If you don’t, the dirt and debris will build-up, which can lead to scratches and other problems.


To clean your hardwood floors:

  • Vacuum them frequently using a soft brush attachment or broom with soft bristles, to remove dust and other fine particles that might scratch the surface of the wood. You should also vacuum any area rugs that are on top of the flooring material itself. This is especially important if these rugs are made from cotton or wool fibers because these materials tend to shed more than synthetic ones do (like polyester).

  • Sweep with an old-fashioned broom instead of vacuuming when it’s dry outside so as not to cause any damage due to wetness present on the bristles from humidity in the air inside your home—this includes wetness caused by condensation buildup due to poor ventilation within walls where pipes run next door!

Hardwood floors will last for years with proper care and maintenance.


Hardwood floors will last for years with proper care and maintenance.

  • Clean your hardwood floor regularly by using a good quality cleaner to avoid dirt, stains and scratches.

  • Do not use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners because they can damage the flooring.

  • Never steam clean your hardwood floors as this will cause damage over time. Always use a soft brush attachment on the vacuum head when cleaning hardwood floors to avoid damaging them by trapping dirt in between the planks of wood which can scratch or dull the finish over time. Steam cleaning also causes water to seep into cracks which may expand them over time causing gaps between planks of wood increasing the risk of tripping hazards that are particularly dangerous for children running around on these floors unattended who could easily fall through a gap that opens up from this method of cleaning (as well as any other). Steaming also increases the risk of warping/warping caused by moisture penetrating deep into cracks where it cannot readily escape back out again without drying properly first (think about how much longer it takes for clothes left wet overnight to hang up outside compared with those hung inside after being washed; the same principle applies here)."

Conclusion


If you have hardwood floors in your home and want to keep them looking beautiful for as long as possible, then it is important to know how often they should be refinished. You will find that with regular care and maintenance your hardwood floors can last a long time with little need for refinishing. However, if you are not careful they can start showing signs of wear within just a few years so it’s important to get into a routine of cleaning or inspecting them regularly!

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