If your hardwood floors are looking a little rough, then they may be in need of a refinishing job. Part of the beauty of hardwood floors is that they can be repaired, sanded down, and re-stained to look like new in most cases. However, before you decide to take on a hardwood floor refinishing job yourself, there are some things you need to know. 

Preparation is Key

The most important aspect of completing a successful refinishing job on your floor is taking the time to prepare the floors for the new stain. This involves thoroughly sanding away the old stain and smoothing out the floors using a sanding belt. From there, you should also use a stain-able wood filler to repair any scratches, gouges, or other minor damage. This will provide you with the best surface for the new stain.

Apply a Thin Layer

Once your floors are prepped and you have your wood floor stain, it's time to get started in applying the stain to the floor. The best way to do this is generally to apply a small amount of stain to one section of the floor and then using a rag to rub the stain in so that it penetrates the wood. In order to prevent streaking and other noticeable flaws, be sure to apply the stain in a thin layer. This will also help to ensure uniform and consistent drying times. If needed, you can always apply a second coat of stain later on.

Matching Stains Takes an Expert

If you're attempting to match an existing wood stain (such as the stain on your hardwood floors in an adjacent room), then this is a job best left to the experts. A professional hardwood floor refinishing company will be able to achieve as close of a match as possible between your floors so that you can enjoy a consistent look without having to re-stain both rooms or spaces.

Some Floors Just Need Replaced

Finally, keep in mind that in cases of severely damaged or rotted hardwood flooring, it may be in your best interest to replace your floors altogether. Sanding down, using wood filler, and re-staining can only do so much. If your floors have dark stains from water damage, are rotting in areas, or have large gouges/scratches, then you may want to talk to a flooring company (such as Cooper Floors) about the possibility of replacing your hardwood flooring altogether.