Making Your Wood Floors Look Like New

After investing in wood flooring, you need to keep it beautiful for as long as possible. The way you care for this surface can determine how it looks over the long term.Here are some simple tips  that you can do on your own.

Your wood floors are looking tired, but the idea of refinishing them is just too daunting. Not to worry: There are a number of ways to bring dated, dull or damaged floors back to life – without the long and arduous process of sanding, restaining and resealing.

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  • THE PROBLEM You like the color of your floors, but the finish is scratched and worn.
  • THE SOLUTION Screen and recoat.

Screening, also known as buffing, is a quick, relatively inexpensive method of shining wood floors, which involves lightly abrading the top coat of polyurethane, then applying a new coat of finish. This works best when the finish has been damaged, but the wood hasn’t. “It’s a fast way to revive a floor that is in decent condition,” said Oliver Keeley, the owner of Woodlawn Floor Supplies in the Bronx.

Screening and recoating a 700-square-foot living room floor, he said, typically takes a day and starts at about $1,000. (By contrast, refinishing a floor of the same size can cost double that amount and take two or three days for the same size area.)

 

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/realestate/making-your-wood-floors-look-like-new.html

 

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