Your hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to your home. Like anything else, they will need regular maintenance in order to remain beautiful. Dings, scratches, and small discolorations don’t necessarily mean the floor should be refinished right away, but at the same time, a floor that looks flawless to you may actually need some work. If you have hardwood floors in your home, you should know how to tell when they need to be refinished so that they don’t incur permanent damage from lack of proper maintenance. These tests will help you determine if it is time to call in the experts at Jason Brown Wood Floors to refinish your hardwood floors.
Testing with Water
Start by finding an area of the hardwood that sees the most foot traffic in a given day. The high-traffic areas are more likely to need refinishing sooner due to the increased foot traffic. Then, pour about a tablespoon of water onto the area. If the finish is okay, the water will just bead into droplets and stay on top of the flooring. However, if the water starts to slowly seep into the wood, the finish is too thin and should be re-done. The faster the water soaks in, the more urgently the floor will need to be refinished. Once you’re done testing an area, be sure to wipe up the water right away to prevent further damage.
Refinish or Replace?
Another way to test your wood floors is by using a business card. Find two planks that look like they may be separating from one another. Slide the business card into the slot as far as you can and use a pencil to mark the card where the surface of the floor is. Then, use a ruler to measure the crack. If it is less than 3/4 inch, the floor may need to be replaced. Since the refinishing process requires sanding away the old finish, the planks need to have some depth left to them. If you suspect your flooring needs to be refinished or replaced, call Jason Brown Wood Floors today!
Festool Tools are Now Available from Jason Brown Wood Floors!
For over 90 years, Festool has been crafting quality tools for all types of jobs, and those fantastic products are now available from Jason Brown Wood Floors! Each week, we will feature a different product on our blog so that you can learn more about them too!
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Hardwood Flooring Installation and Maintenance from Jason Brown Wood Floors
At Jason Brown Wood Floors, our commitment to quality installation is clear in all that we do, which is why our customers consistently rate us as one of the top contractors in the region. We have been awarded Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Award 4 times and have been proudly serving the Baltimore Area for over 16 years. If you’re ready to speak with someone about your hardwood flooring project, we want to hear from you! Contact us at 410-668-9131 or send us a message here.