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Posted: 31 Oct '18

5 Tips to Make Your Hardwood Flooring Shine Again!

Is your hardwood flooring scuffed, dinged, and just a mess? Whether you’re looking at a dull, dated or damaged floor, there are some ways in which you can make it look as good as new again. Here are 5 helpful tips on how to make tired-looking hardwood flooring shine again:

1. Buffing and Recoating Slightly Worn Floor

Buffing is a swift and relatively cheap method of shining hardwood floors that are slightly worn. It’s an ideal solution when the finish is scratched and worn but the hardwood hasn’t. The one-day process involves buffing the floor lightly and applying a fresh layer of finish.

2. Sanding and Refinishing Extensively Worn Floor

If your hardwood flooring has deep scratches, dents or stains, then buffing won’t do. You’ll need to consider sanding and refinishing. The two to three-days process involves removing all finish and sanding the floor to reveal a layer of raw wood. A fresh layer of finish is then applied to reveal a fresh, new look.

3. Add a Layer of Fresh Paint

This is one of the latest trends in bringing design and color to a room. The good thing about painting hardwood flooring is that it does a lot more than just adding color – it also helps solve design issues. For instance: vertical stripes extending down the corridor can give the illusion of length and depth.

4. Strategic Decorating

If your hardwood flooring is too thin to sand, then a perfect solution would be to decorate strategically. Painting your walls with neutral colors and adding light-colored furniture to the space can blend well with dark hardwood floor and increase its effect. Covering your floor with decorative rugs will also help cover the imperfections and prevent further damage to the floor.

5. Install a Floating Floor

This is the ideal solution for hardwood flooring that is at its worst. This means floating engineered wood flooring over the existing one. To achieve a perfect look, you must ensure that your existing floor is level and down solid.

You’ll want your hardwood flooring to look as good as new for as long as possible. When it comes to maintenance, you don’t have to mop every week as it will oversaturate your floor. Regular dry vacuuming and dust-moping is enough to keep your floor shinny for many years. It’s also advisable to only use hardwood-specific cleaning products and avoid vinegar and products that contain ammonia, silicon, lemon oil or citrus oils.

If you’d like more options on how to maintain your hardwood flooring, or to look at options for new flooring, get in touch with us today.