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Refinishing Hardwood Floors

by / Friday, 03 February 2012 / Published in Greenway Services

Floors are very important. Just ask anyone who lives in or is trying to sell a home. Often the floor is one feature that people notice right away, especially when they enter your home. The floor will affect the look of the entire house. Indeed, many a paint or wall color or pattern was inspired or designed to correlate with the floor.

If you have hardwood floors, you are going to have to refinish them at some point to keep them looking their best, especially if you have children. When a floor’s finish has worn out, children who fall can get a splinter. And if you’re trying to sell your home, refinishing your floors will greatly improve your home’s appearance and therefore your chances of selling.

So how can you tell if your hardwood floors need refinishing? If you place a drop of water on the floor and the floor does not absorb it right away, you may be able to get by with simply cleaning and polishing your floor. Murphy’s Oil Soap is a good start towards cleaning a floor. But if the water IS absorbed right away, then the wood fibers in the floor have most likely been exposed, and it is probably a good idea to refinish the floor.

Keep in mind that if you are going to refinish the floor, it needs to be at least ¾” thick. If your floor is not this thick, there is the chance that you could accidentally sand down to the subfloor. You can sand a plank floor many times, but a tongue and groove floor cannot be sanded as often. If a floor is only ¼” thick, it cannot be refinished.

We hope that these tips help. Should you decide to hire professionals to refinish your floors, please give Greenway Painting a call at 513.405.7048 for a free, prompt estimate.


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