Sunday, March 1, 2009

Getting Your Hardwood Floors Clean Again

Now a days, when homes are being build, the push for hardwood floor in the main parts of the house is big. Even in renovation of older homes, more and more people are switching out carpeting to more durable hardwood flooring. In fact, most relators out in the field will tell you that if you are going to do anything to upgrade your flooring, consider putting in hardwood floor as it is more enticing to home buyers today. And it is true that a clean hardwood floor (giving it that brand new look) will definitely make any room in your home shine.

Let’s focus on hardwood floors that have been around awhile as new floors really do not need much work on them if properly maintained. The first thing you need to do is really take a look at your floors. Is there a traffic pattern noticed on the wood? Are there any scratches or gouges in your floor that are very apparent? Are the boards separating? Does the floor look dull to you? All very important questions. If you answered yes to any or all, then might want to consider getting your floors refinished. By getting them refinished, you will not only make your house look beautiful again, but you will also add value to your home.

If you are going to get your hardwood floors refinished, then you want to make sure that the professionals that you hire are doing their job. When a hardwood floor is refinished, it requires that the floor be sanded. Yes, this is a messy job, but essential to making your floors look like new again. This will take out all those sightly gouges and scratches as well as remove any ground in dirt that is leaving the high traffic dirt mark on your floors. This can be a long process because there are several different passes over your floor with different grades of sandpaper. Also, between each sanding pass there is a cleaning pass with a cloth to get up the excess sawdust so that they can see where the floor needs a little bit more work. This is also the time that they repair any boards that are separating or are damaged to the point that they need to be replaced.

Once this process is completed then comes the fun part. If you want different types of staining on your floors, this is the time to do it. For example, if your floors were light in color to begin with and you want a more rich tone, then staining the floors darker is a great idea. If you are one that likes the lighter tone, then this step can be skipped and onto the finishing work. Finishing up the job with a top coat of some type of varnish or shellack will seal and protect your floor as well as making it much easier to clean in the long run.

Regardless of whether or not you have your floors completely refinished or just have them cleaned professionally, you will be happy with the results. Now it will be up to you to make sure to do proper maintenance on them to ensure that their beauty will last.

About the Author

Abagail Odalis is a home restoration specialist who currently works in the New York Carpet Cleaning Industry. Her many years of home restoration experience has taught her how find proper Floor Cleaning New York to diaster clean up.

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