Nothing compares to the timeless beauty of genuine hardwood floors. While they typically cost more than laminate, bamboo and similar types of floors, it's a smart investment that's guaranteed to pay off in the long run. This is because hardwood floors offer a unique appearance that's simply not found elsewhere. Furthermore, studies show that installing hardwood floors increases a home's selling value.
But what if the hardwood floors in your home are old and damaged? One option is to simply replace them with new hardwood floors. Given the high cost of hardwood floors, though, you may want to restore your existing floors. It's actually a relatively easy and inexpensive way to revitalize the appearance of your home's hardwood floors.
Inspect for Damage
First and foremost, you should inspect your hardwood floors for damage. Go around your home and identify areas of damage. Maybe your floors are chipped in high-traffic areas, or perhaps they've been worn down from furniture rubbing against the surface. Excessive scratches are another common form of damage found in old hardwood floors. Regardless, make a note of where exactly your hardwood floors are damaged so that you can repair them.
To repair damaged hardwood floors, you must smooth out any scratches, scuffs, chips, etc. The easiest way to accomplish this is by using an electric sander. You can either buy one or rent one from your local home improvement store. Assuming you have other jobs that require a sander, it's probably best to buy one. But if you only need it for this job, renting a sander may save you money.
Once you've acquired an electric sander, attach some medium-grit sandpaper to it and run it against the surface of your damaged hardwood floors. Begin by working from the back of the room and making your way to the front so that you aren't forced to walk over the finished area. When you are finished, sweep and clean your floors to remove any lingering dust and debris.
Add a Finish
With your hardwood floors sanded down, you can now add a finish to them. There are literally dozens of different hardwood finishes available. When choosing one, try to find a color and style that matches your existing floors. Otherwise, the end result will look messy and awkward. Follow the instructions to apply the finish and wait for it to dry, after which your hardwood floors should look like new!