With time hardwood can become dull and gloomy, however, it can be repaired and brought back to its original condition without many efforts, all it entails is refinishing. The best thing is hardwood floor refinishing can be done at least 10-12 times on an existing floor. After that floorboard cannot handle more processes and needs to be replaced with a new one. The good thing is that these floorboards do not require this procedure every year. It can be done whenever you notice visible scratches, dullness, or cracking.
The process of hardwood refinishing is often noisy and dusty so it is imperative to take precautionary measures before you get the floors sanded. For example, use masks or eyewear to stop dust from getting in your eyes or inhaling the dust particles, and turning off HVAC so these dust particles cannot travel through the vents to the whole building.
There are two ways to have hardwood floor refinishing, buffing and sanding. Out of these two, buffing is the easiest approach. However, it is only beneficial when the damage is done to the flooring is only on the uppermost layer. Buffing would be able to treat the topmost layer of the floorboard and let the rest of the part as it is. After that, a protective layer is applied to restore the luster of the floor covering and keep it resilient against scratches and stains. However, it is essential to clean any residue with a vacuum for a better buffing process that can last for years.
Although it is an easy way to get wooden floor sanding sparkle again, it can be very noisy because of the machinery used. The noise can be a cause of disturbance to the neighbors and family members living in the house. It is also not an eco-friendly approach.
Sanding is a popular method of getting rid of stains, scratches, cracks, gaps, and disjointed pieces of a floorboard and treats the hidden problems that the floor might be facing without being visible from the uppermost surface. Hence, this method is a complete package with more benefits and advancement in the equipment used. This approach eliminates the need of replacing an entire floor covering with a new one because this process can easily make the current floor brand new.
Hardwood floor refinishing and sanding is done with the latest sanders that are not noisy. These machines are eco-friendly and do not cause any kind of disturbance for the neighborhood or family members. The up-to-date sanders are capable of gathering dust in one place due to a built-in vacuum. Hence, sanding can be a stress-free procedure.
For this method, the topmost layer is removed along with the adhesive that was used to fix them. Floors are sanded and then a protective coating is applied to seal the shine and keep it safe from getting scrapes. During the sanding phase, the worm-eaten and cracked or disjointed planks are also discarded and new planks are installed to even the floor.