How can you make your wood floors shine again?
If you live in a home that has wooden floors, or had one already installed, but it is old and dirty, then don’t worry! Don’t let the idea of refurnishing make you think it is an annoying process, because it is not hard at all! There are a lot of ways that you can bring back an old wood floor back to its prime without sanding, resealing and working very hard.
The easiest and quickest thing you can do is to screen your floor. Screening, or buff and coat, is an inexpensive method that can give your old wooden floor its natural primal look and feel again.
This method is a process of sprucing up an already existing coat of polyurethane by top-coating it. The purpose of this extra layer, on top of your wood floor, is to take all the damage. So, the actual wood does not deteriorate. This is why this extra layer gets thinner and thinner every year and needs to be re-coated. This is normal, this is the purpose of the polyurethane.
The key is to refresh your protective coat every couple of years, before it goes too thin. It is essential to do this before the layer of polyurethane wears off completely.
If your wood floor is damaged, or bent by the constant walking, screening is not the right solution for it. If you have any scratches on it, you should choose paint! It is very cheap, and it is very fast to change up your entire room with it. If you are not experienced in painting, try simple colors first. Black or white would work the best, just use simple colors and don’t blend them. Because you don’t know the exact portions of paint to blend, even though it may look good before you apply it, but when it dries it might look very different then you wanted it to.
If you want the paint to stay on your floor, first you must clean your floor completely of any left over wax or sealant layer. Because paint can not stick to those layers, it would peel off. if you have a hardwood floor, you will have an easy time, because you can literally sand it as many times you wan,t but if you have an engineered one, you can only sand it a couple of times before really damaging the core of the floor, or making it too slim.
What about if your floors are too thin to sand?
If you don’t have money for a new one, you will have to use decoration to hide the ugly parts of your wooden floor. A cost effective way to hide it is to use large rugs, they look good and hide almost the whole parts of your floor. If they look really ugly, and can’t use decoration to hide it, you could always use a floating floor on it. Just simply install engineered floor above it to hide it, as long it is straight. That way you won’t have to change it, and it will be more cheap.