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When should you refinish hardwood floors? When a thorough cleaning no longer restores the shine, it may be time to think about refinishing your hardwood floor. Other signs that you may need to refinish include deep scratches that cut through the floor’s protective coating, stubborn stains, or warping.

How often should you refinish hardwood flooring?

The frequency of refinishing hardwood floors depends on the daily wear and tear on the floor, as well as the hardwood hardness rating of the species. Of course, some floors may never need to be refinished — many customers appreciate the character that comes from normal wear.

TRADITIONAL REFINISHING

This method of refinishing hardwood floors involves, first, drum sanding your floor to remove surface coatings, deep scratches, and stains, and to level uneven areas. When done correctly, sanding will restore the species’ grain — one of the defining features of a hardwood floor. An industrial grade vacuum is then used to collect dust and particles from the sanding process. After the floor has been smoothed and thoroughly vacuumed, a polyurethane sealer is applied or, depending on your preference, a stain, and sealer.