Professional Floor Care Services: Hardwood Floor Restoration
One of the main draws to having hardwood floors vs. carpet is that hardwood flooring can be repaired. Floors with scratches, dings and other types of damage can be restored completely whereas carpet would need to be totally replaced. If your floor is in need of repair and you want to learn how to restore your hardwood floors yourself, consider the entire process and weigh out the benefits of doing it yourself or hiring a professional contractors.
Hardwood Floor Restoration Process
Hardwood floor restoration can be broken down into three major steps. Getting a better idea of hardwood floor repair costs and the overall steps will help determine your level of comfort in attempting a project of this size.
1. Examine the floor and remove foreign objects. Carpet tack or nails can stick up from the floor. Remove or replace these items.
2. Remove the existing finish. A drum sander is needed to remove the existing floor finish down the level of the actual hardwood.
3. Repair the wood (if needed). If any gouges or scratches have reached the bare wood, this damage needs to be repaired before any other work can continue.
4. Stain the wood (if needed). Apply any stains to change the color of the wood to best suit your tastes. If a more natural look is desired, simply skip this step.
5. Apply a new finish. Apply a new protective top coat and wait for it to dry completely before allowing heavy traffic onto the floor.
DIY vs. Professional Hardwood Floor Restoration
When broken down into 3-5 steps, hardwood floor restoration may seem like a simple task. However, each step is usually broken down further once the reality of the project hits. Consider all that can happen during the hardwood floor restoration process before you make a decision that you may regret.
• Examine Cost vs. Time. Will doing hardwood floor repair job be cheaper if you do it yourself? Of course. However, doing it yourself may take a lot longer than a professional contract. Consider what’s more valuable to you: your money or your time?
• Have realistic expectations. Most people interested in the DIY route are beginners in world of hardwood floor repair. Oftentimes, novices do more harm than good when trying to do it themselves. One of the biggest challenges in this process is removing the existing finish. Beginners may actually damage there floors in the process of trying to fix them.
• Consider the consequences. With patience, a DIY hardwood floor restoration project can lead to some great results. With all that can go right in a project like this, consider all that can get out of hand. Many professional contractors get hired by people that tried to do the project themselves and found themselves out of their element. Are you willing to have a job done twice when it could have been done once by an experienced professional?
For those that know what they’re getting into, a DIY hardwood floor repair project is definitely something can be completed with a little bit of determination and know-how. A problem can occur when people let the potential savings of a DIY project overshadow their own expertise and ability.
If you have a hardwood floor restoration project that needs to be completed, consider hiring a Bona Certified Craftsman. A Bona Certified Craftsman is a contractor that is rigorously trained in using professional Bona products and techniques to give you phenomenal results and the satisfaction of job well done. Find a Bona Certified Craftsman near you.
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