When Your Floor Tells You It Needs To Be Refinished

Not all deterioration of wood flooring necessitates ripping out the boards and replacing them. Your installation will regain its charm after a floor sanding and polishing round. This can be done if you wish to repair wear and tear or change the floor’s appearance and texture. However, the amount of times that wood floors can be sanded is constrained. As solid wood floors can be sanded more frequently than engineered wood floors, the wear layer thickness will all play a role in this.

While floor sanding and refinishing are crucial, you should ensure that they are completed at the right time to protect the flooring and extend the appliance’s life without overly abrading the wood. We have put up a list of warning signals that will let you know when the refinishing is necessary.

Splintered Planks

Splintering can happen along the margins of floorboards, especially in areas with a lot of foot traffic and children and pets. The splintering looks bad and puts the house’s residents at risk for injury. Additionally, the splinters give water a way into the wood, increasing the likelihood of water damage. Doorways and hallways are places that are particularly prone to splintering.


Nobody enjoys seeing their wood floor fade, and the installation’s appeal is lost. What triggers it? There are several causes. This may happen, for instance, if aggressive cleaners are used to remove tough stains. The sun’s rays can also fade colors, especially in areas with wood floors near windows and exposed to the sun for prolonged periods. The space’s decor eventually suffers from a washed-out appearance.

Depending on the type of wood harmed by the water damage, this may also result. The hardwood changes color due to the oxidizing reactions brought on by the water absorption. Discoloration and grey stains are typical indications of water damage, and these specific stains gradually turn black as they progressively get darker. If this water damage is not addressed, you may have to replace the affected flooring.

Failing the water test

This simple test is used to determine the state of the floor’s current finish. Sprinkle some water on the surface; one tablespoon will do. Verify how quickly the water is absorbed. The sealant and finish are intact if the water droplets collect and don’t immediately seep into the floor. However, if the wood quickly absorbs the water, it indicates that the floor needs to be sanded and refinished.

Excessive scratches and scuff marks

These are given about scratches. With the amount of foot movement seen, the likelihood that they will pop to the ground is rising. There’s no reason to become anxious over a few minor scratches. However, the installation must be refinished if there are several scratches on the surface. This is especially crucial if the scratches are deep and penetrate the wood stain to the wood itself.

Will You Hire A Professional Or Do It Yourself?

There are instances where the incorrect grits are employed, frequently leaving wood floors scratched in their wake. As the finish coats are applied, these will stand out more. The necessity to ensure that the right grit sequence is followed arises from the need to even out such ridges and depressions. Yes, it can be frustrating, especially if you’ve already been working hard for days and have a lot of dust in your home. You don’t have to go through all this, and you still risk getting poor outcomes. Hire floor sanding experts to complete the job correctly; they have the training and experience necessary to complete it promptly.


Patrick Ryan
Marketing Director at Noyeks Newmans