A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about some of the stranger things homeowners do to cover up damage to their hardwood floors. We’re not necessarily opposed to quick fixes and DIY projects. But we do think homeowners should understand what they are getting into up front. You really need to know a lot about your particular hardwood floor before you can repair it. For example:
- Is the finish oil or water based?
- What type of wood is it?
- What stain will most closely match the existing color?
- How old is the wood?
- Was it glued or nailed down?
- Are the boards tongue-and-groove or beveled?
- How many times have the boards been sanded?
All of this information is important so you don’t accidentally cause more damage to your floor by trying to cover up a deep scratch or repair a broken board.
Regular Maintenance Keeps Your Floors Looking New
Taking your car for a tune-up is smarter than waiting for it to break down completely. In the same way, preventive maintenance is good for your wood floors. Hard buffing every few months will fix very shallow scratches. An occasional screen and coat to redo the urethane finish will correct minor scratches that don’t penetrate down into the wood. Sanding and re-staining is your best option for dealing with deep scratches – and it’s something you should only do a few times during the life of your hardwood floor. Finally, a broken board is a real job for the pros. There are a dozen little details that have to be perfectly matched so you don’t end up with a patchwork effect on your floor.
To get a quote for repairs or to sign up for our maintenance program, contact us today.