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How to Know When Your Wood Floor Needs Sanding & Refinishing

There are some great ways to tell if your floor needs sanding and refinishing. The first thing you need to do is check an area of the floor that gets the most traffic – hallways in general get the most traffic.

Pour a very small amount of water onto the section of the wood you believe is damaged and needs refinishing. If the water forms into droplets on the surface of the wood, then your floor is perfectly fine, this is because of the varnish on top of the wood, it prevents liquids and other spillages from damaging the surface. On the other hand, if the water penetrates the surface of the wood then it’s time to gather your tools and repair your floor.


Scratches are also a key indicator that your floor needs sanding. When your floor becomes scratched it can impact on the aesthetic look of your floor, creating an untidy atmosphere. Scratches can also remove the protectants which are applied to the top of your floor, to prevent further damage and increase the durability of your floor.

Your wood floor might be turning grey, this is when the top layer of wood has tinted over time. This also could be due to spillages that haven’t been sorted straight away.  Some discolouration can be caused by the sun too, you may be able to see a big difference in the colour of the wooden floor by windows compared to the floor in the corner, not in direct sunlight. When your floor starts to become “patchy” its time to book RH Wood Floors for sanding and refinishing.

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We hope this article was helpful and helps you determine if your wood floors need sanding refinishing. If you are still unsure please give us a call on 087 6268100. We can arrange for a member of our expert t0 team to look at this for you and advice you on the next steps.

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