To Do Or Not To Do-Refinishing Your Hardwood Floors
Deep scratches that cut through to the floor’s protective coating, stains, warping or areas where the protective coating is worn away, exposing wood fibers are some of the signs that you may need to refinish your hardwood floors.
A solid hardwood floor (3/4″ thick) can undergo refinishing about 7-10 times during its useful life.
Engineered hardwood flooring, with its multi-ply construction, can also be refinished, but not as many time. (1-2 times recommended)
You may need to refinish your hardwood floors once every 5-10 years but really the frequency of refinishing your hardwood floors depends on the daily wear and tear on the floor, as well as the hardness of the species.
Refinishing hardwood floors is a hard work and time-consuming process, which typically takes 2-3 days depending of the areas to be sanded and finishes you will be applying (stain and final coats).
While you can do the work yourself (it took me 2 years to learn!?) consider hiring a professional refinisher.
We will not go here with you trough the process of DIY but if you are not going to hire someone else, please first contact your local flooring retailer for more information about refinishing.
To avoid the expense and trouble of refinishing hardwood floors as long as possible, maintain your floors as recommended, and treat them with care and love.
You will be happy for a long time.