The one thing that is consistent when it comes to wood floors is that there is a great deal of inconsistency in terms of awareness about installation and how to care for them.
The combination of new technology in manufacturing better products and new techniques and products for installing and maintaining wood floors has changed dramatically. What used to be conventional wisdom is no longer fact. New developments have definitely created more durable products, better finishes and easier care regimens.
4 MYTHS ABOUT WOOD FLOORS
MYTH #1: Caring for a wood floor is expensive. In fact, caring for a wood floor costs much less than most people expect.
MYTH #2: When you renew a finish, the dust and dirt get everywhere in the house. Actually, dust control & containment systems make traditional dust problems a thing of the past. Technology makes the process easier and cleaner.
MYTH #3: The odor of the wood sealant is very powerful. There is an entirely new generation of no-odor polyurethane that has little or no detectable smell. The odor from an average bottle of Windex is stronger than the polyurethane.
MYTH #4: Wood floors are inconvenient because of the sanding and refinishing required to keep them looking new. Maintaining wood floors varies widely depending on the use of the floor. A floor that receives light use might need attention every 7 to 10 years while a floor subjected to dirt and grit with heavy traffic might need attention every 2 years. Refinishing wood floors takes less than a day and requires about the same amount of scheduling as getting your carpets cleaned.
When Your Floor Needs Additional Attention
Too often homeowners put off even the most basic care for the floors. When that happens, you have to consider sanding deeper and completely refinishing the wood. Homeowners can stay ahead of the maintenance game by being able to identify major problems. The big three issues are:
- Wear patterns: Look at your wear patterns. If you have visual wear patterns with grooves and grit worn through the finish and into the wood, it signals deep cleaning will be needed. Where previously a light sanding would brighten up the floor, wear patterns will still be evident.
- Oil and Wax: If you have ever used an oil or wax on your wood floor, a new, deep sanding will be required. Light sanding and refinishing with polyurethane will not work because the finish will not stick to the oil or wax.
- Bringing Back Sheen: To rejuvenate the sheen and rich look of the floor, deep sanding is a must. Buffing should rejuvenate your floor to some degree. However, if it looks only O.K., your floor is past the point of light sanding. If it isn’t rejuvenated, it will be in need of a deeper sanding and refinishing.
Wood floors are desired by many homeowners because of they last a long time, are durable, and are very beautiful. New technologies in terms of wood products, manufacturing techniques, and types of sanding and cleaners have made the backbreaking work of refinishing a thing of the past.